Teaching teams offer support and flexibility during COVID-19

These are challenging and unusual times. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and all the disruptions it is causing may have you questioning how you will juggle your studies in Term 1 2020.

Let us assure you that teaching teams are very aware of the uncertainty and difficulties that many of our students are currently facing.

While Census date for Term 1 2020 has not changed, you should know that the case-by-case decisions we make every term about matters like assessment extensions will take into account the wide-reaching effects of COVID-19.

Keep reading to find out how our teaching teams will offer support and flexibility this term…

Assessment extensions

If your studies are affected by COVID-19, you may be unable to meet assessment deadlines. Should you require an extension, this can be requested through your online Moodle unit.

No reasonable request will be refused. If you are unable to provide a medical certificate, you may provide a statutory declaration.

Alternate assessments

As all formal examinations for Term 1 2020 are unable to go ahead as planned, alternate assessments will be arranged by your teaching team and published on the Unit Profile.

Where possible the exam will be changed to a similar assessment that can be completed online. Assessment changes will be added to the Unit Profile as quickly as possible.

Academic skills and study help

There’s a wide range of academic skills and study help available. Take advantage of the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) for academic writing, computing, maths and science help. The ALC is a network of subject-matter experts available for phone or online consultations. You can also submit an assessment online for feedback on structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling and referencing. Access the ALC online from the MyCQU Student Portal.

Browse thousands of online resources available at the CQUni Library. Databases and Library Guides will connect you with all of the journal articles, e-books and online resources you need to research like a pro. And you can also Ask a Librarian for research tips and tricks during their online sessions. Find out more on the Library website.

For after-hours study help and support, Studiosity can provide feedback on your writing or help with a study question – it’s free for you as a CQUni student and available anywhere, anytime. The service is great if you need feedback in a hurry. You can choose to upload a file 24/7 and get it back with constructive general academic literacy feedback on structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling and referencing within 24 hours. To access Studiosity, visit the MyCQU Student Portal, follow the Moodle link for one of your units and then select Studiosity from the side menu.

Individual circumstances

We understand that there are circumstances beyond your control and will always consider these on a case-by-case basis. If you find yourself unable to continue your studies in Term 1 2020 due to the disruptions or ill health caused by COVID-19, please contact your teaching team in the first instance.

Discuss your circumstances with the teaching team to determine if accommodations can be made to help you continue your studies. Our goal is your success and we will minimise disruption wherever possible.

If, after this discussion, you believe you cannot continue, please arrange an appointment with the Counselling team to discuss your circumstances and the options available at that time. Phone and virtual appointments are available.

We must all adapt and work through the challenges of COVID-19. If we do this together, we can ensure that when things return to normal, we emerge ready to achieve our goals.

Teaching teams are working to provide a great online learning experience. If you have questions or concerns, reach out today by using the contact details in Moodle.

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Mae Swarbrick is a current student, studying part-time in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts, and working full-time as Student Communications Officer. Mae's ongoing experience as a current student is invaluable in her role as leader of the Student Communications team. Combine this with practical experience in the call centre, Admissions and Student Communications teams, and she’s ready to share some first-rate uni hacks for new students. Follow Mae on #How2Uni.

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