Updates to teaching and learning
An update on teaching and learning at the University during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
New Zealand is currently at COVID-19 alert level 1. However, as recent outbreaks have shown, it is essential that we remain vigilant and prepared for any change in alert levels.
This page outlines teaching and learning guidelines at the University for 2021 and the academic provisions in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the borders reopen, a vaccine becomes widely available, or government guidelines change, these provisions will be reviewed.
The University is committed to delivering a high quality learning experience to students attending campus in-person as well as studying online, and to ensuring that assessment for courses is fair and effective for all.
Teaching and learning in-person and online
- Most courses in 2021 will be offered in a way that supports both in-person and online enrolment. If your course has essential in-person components, you will be advised what they are by the course co-ordinator. You can download the list of courses that require attendance in-person. These courses are tagged ‘on-campus only’ on the course finder.
- All lectures in 2021 will be recorded and uploaded to Blackboard, livestreamed, or alternative pre-recorded videos covering the same material will be available on Blackboard.
- All students studying on campus will be able to attend lectures and see staff during office hours, as well as tutorials, laboratories, and workshops as appropriate.
- All students studying online will have the option complete their courses in their entirety without coming to campus, and without meeting in-person with others involved in their courses—those courses that offer in-person tutorials, labs, workshops, will offer an online alternative. There will be a small list of exceptions which are courses with essential in-person components.
- Student feedback will be formally sought on each course taught in 2021, to continually improve the University’s delivery of courses.
- We have put together resources and information to support your learning online.
If COVID-19 alert levels change
- If government guidelines require that the University moves to online teaching only, you will be sent detailed information by email. Information will also be updated on our website and social media channels.
- Any specific changes to course delivery will be communicated via Blackboard or your couse coordinator.
- Courses with an essential in-person component will be designed in such a way that they can continue if there is a change in COVID-19 alert levels.
- Courses that require placements or internships will have a plan in place to allow students to complete the course even if there is a change in alert level.
Study week and examinations
- Tests in the final teaching week will not count for more than 25% of your overall grade.
- There will be a three-week study and assessment period at the end of the teaching period in Trimesters 1 and 2.
- Only a small number of courses will have a compulsory in-person test or exam attendance—those affected will be advised of this by your course coordinator.
Extensions and alternative provisions for individual students
- Course coordinators have been advised to be flexible when considering extension requests, and requests to waive, reweight, or provide alternative assessments for individual students.
- Students will not need to provide a medical certificate for extension requests of less than one week.
Mark moderation, aegrotats and other alternative provisions for assessment
- Marks will be moderated in comparison with previous, pre-COVID years, and for most courses, scaling will be used to ensure the overall grade distribution is similar to previous, pre-COVID years.
- There will be an online mechanism to support applications for aegrotats in 2021—more information will be on this page once this is confirmed.