Updates to teaching and learning

An update on teaching and learning at the University during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This page outlines the teaching and learning guidelines at the University for 2022 and the academic provisions in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the borders reopen, or government guidelines change, these 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

  • Students who prefer to study remotely can do so.
  • Students who prefer in-person learning are welcome on campus and will be encouraged to attend in-person teaching activities.
  • Workplace-based learning that is on-site or in-person can go ahead, unless the host has told you it cannot.
  • When on campus, staff and students should observe the physical distancing guidelines in our lecture theatres when necessary. This means that students should:
    • Follow the designated entrance and exit guidelines that are in place for larger lecture rooms.
    • Choose seats in the lecture theatre that have been marked as the preferred seats to occupy wherever possible.
    • Staff and students are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in all teaching spaces.
    • Students can also use a study space outside the lecture theatre to stream their lecture on their device.
  • Pre-recorded Panopto videos or Zoom lecture streaming will be available for students to watch during usual lecture times.
  • Students can attend tutorials in person, but should follow physical distancing requirements when necessary. Zoom tutorials will be available for students who would otherwise attend in person.
  • Alternative arrangements for other learning activities—for example, in-person workshops, labs—may be made for some individual courses, but students are not required to attend in-person. Students will be informed of any changes—check Blackboard for details of individual courses.
  • Read our 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. Read more about teaching and learning at different alert levels during 2021.
  • Any specific changes to course delivery will be communicated via Blackboard or your course 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.
  • Under the Ministry of Education guidance for COVID-19 alert level 3, any class, workshop, lab, or other form of teaching that cannot be delivered online must be limited to 10 people or less. Each group is considered a ‘bubble’ and must not interact with any other University bubbles. It is the responsibility of those in the bubble to ensure they comply with Government requirements. Bubbles will be rare, and no student will be required to be part of a bubble.
  • 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

  • No course should schedule assessment in the study week.
  • 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.

Mark moderation, aegrotats, and other alternative provisions for assessment

  • Marks will be moderated in accordance with approved Faculty guidelines.
  • In 2022, there will be an online tool to support aegrotat applications—more information will be on this page once this is confirmed.