COVID-19 wrap: HE rolls-out new responses

TEQSA is trialling remote-working today

But if do want to talk to somebody who can explain what you are doing wrong case-managers are still working

Deakin U advises T1 assessment “will most likely be on-line” and exam dates aren’t changed but June graduations are off

Ceremonies will be back, “once the university can resume normal business.”

“We are in what is undoubtedly the most uncertain and challenging time that Deakin has experienced over its history. … We are working hard to ensure you have the best educational experience possible in the circumstances,” Vice Chancellor Iain Martin assures students.

NZ unis shut-down this week

University of Auckland has suspended classes. The break is for staff to complete preparations “for remote teaching,” “in the event of a partial campus closure.” This will “allow for an orderly transition to on-line delivery, if this is to be at scale for any length of time.” All student services, accommodation and retail stay open.  The same applies at Auckland University of Technology. At Massey U “most courses are already moving on-line.” “For those classes that must be taught face-to face, physical distancing measures are being introduced.”

The University of Melbourne had a second COVID-19 case confirmed Thursday

That night it asked staff based in the two buildings where the recent arrival from the UK had been, to work from home on Friday.

Uni Notre Dame Australia stays open (with exceptions)

UNDA says if you are “unwell” take sick-leave. If you are waiting for a COVID-19 test, or have a positive one self-isolate if you are caring for somebody self-isolated stay with them and if you are at risk work from home. If the university is, “required to restrict access to campus,” “staff will be expected to transition to working from home.” There are more circumstances, but you get the idea.

However, for everybody else; “it is paramount that we ensure that the transition to on-line learning occurs professionally, provides the best possible reflection of Notre Dame, and ensures that staff are supported with resources available on campus. As such, staff are expected to attend campus as normal until further notice,” (subject to public health requirements).

Swinburne gets with the strength on paid leave

Friday afternoon the university confirmed leave for permanent/fixed term staff with COVID-19 or who have to self-isolate. The university is also providing casuals with up to 14 days leave, “to cover their scheduled hours.” The provision is in in-place to April 30.

University of the Sunshine Coast cancels courses on short-notice

On Friday, the university announced a “pause” this week to get classes on-line. It took the university a while to work out what to do last week. (the story is above).

Forward planning at Monash U

The university promises, “a new intensive study period” for labs, pracs and studios disrupted this semester, it will run November 30 – January 18 next.