Remote learning

What does remote learning mean?

We are teaching the same quality curriculum remotely. Remote learning means that students will participate in interactive classes through Ring Central or Zoom. They will also participate in collaborative discussions with teachers and classmates using Canvas, UTS Online and other educational applications.

On-Campus Interaction Semester 3, 2020

Whilst all teaching and learning activities in Semester 3 continue to be delivered remotely, we have developed exciting new programs to help students build social connections with fellow students, both online and face-to-face.
 
  •  The Student Activities Team is setting up fun online activities, from trivia sessions to games that students can join from anywhere in the world.
  • For Students in Sydney, we are opening spaces in the Blue Building, at 187 Thomas Street. Onshore students will be able to meet other students for both social activities and course work collaboration. Our classrooms and common lounge areas on the Ground Floor, Levels 2, 5 and 7 of the Blue Building will open.
Students will be able to come in and study in the company of others, as well as access computer labs and utilise our fast and reliable internet connection. Peer Helpers will be onsite, so that students can find someone to chat and socialise with.

So we can follow NSW Health regulations, bookings are compulsory and students will need to book online via SimplyBook.me. These areas will be open for three-hour sessions, Monday to Friday, each week of Semester 3.

Classes in remote learning

If students have never participated in remote learning, how can they be successful?

The best way to be successful in remote learning is for students to stay connected with teachers and classmates, and follow a typical routine - as they normally would with on-campus classes.

Will students still learn the same via remote learning?

This is a unique situation for all Australian universities. Our priority is to ensure a great educational experience despite not being on campus. Our curriculum remains the same even though it is taught remotely.

Will timetables change?

No, remote classes will occur at the same time as timetabled in Sydney-time.

Will classes be remote for the whole semester or will there be face-to-face as well?

For academic programs, all subjects will be delivered remotely via Canvas, Zoom and other collaborative online tools until further notice. This includes both lectures and tutorials.  There will be no face-to-face teaching on campus until further notice.

For English programs, all classes will be delivered remotely via UTSOnline, Zoom and other collaborative online tools for terms 5, 6 and 7.  There will be no face-to-face teaching on campus until further notice.

Can a student remain offshore and keep studying remotely even after travel restrictions are lifted?
Remote delivery is an interim response to protect the health and wellbeing of students and teachers from the COVID-19 virus. We will aim to resume face-to-face classes in the future.

Will lectures be recorded and made available?
Teachers will decide whether lectures will be recorded. It is important students attend classes as scheduled in their timetable via Ring Central or Zoom and not rely on the recording. Attending classes at the scheduled time allows students to connect with peers and receive instant feedback from teachers. Recordings are best used to revise course content.

Learning support

Where can students find help to learn Canvas and Zoom?

For help using Canvas, students can visit the Study Success course. They can also access 24/7 Canvas support via chat by clicking on the "Help" button in the left-hand menu from anywhere in Canvas. User manuals can also be found here.

Will students still get access to the free weekly one-on-one learning support sessions?

Yes. While studying from home, students can continue to access our one-on-one learning support. Bookings can be made via the Study Success course in Canvas.

Students can also continue to get support from our Study Success Advisers by making an online appointment; or sending an email AdvisersDiploma@insearch.edu.au for diploma students or AdvisersFoundation@insearch.edu.au for UTS Foundation Studies students.

Practical sessions

How will teachers demonstrate and provide feedback on design and architecture projects?

Teachers are able to demonstrate on Zoom via their webcam and / or screen-share and can also provide live and instant feedback. Assessments that require model making can be graded and critiqued through Zoom via a webcam. This allows a learning experience that’s similar to a classroom setting.

How will subjects with design studio work be managed?

Design studio work will occur online, we are creating remote studio activities using Canvas and Zoom and these are scheduled as per students timetable.

Exams

Will exams go ahead?

For students doing academic English, in-person exams will be deferred until further notice. All exams will be performed online. Information will be provided to students before their exams.