Learning online

Here you will find all you need to know about how to learn online at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame is committed to ensuring you can continue your studies and remain connected while you are off-Campus through streaming of lectures, virtual interactive tutorials, sharing and collaboration, and more.

Remember, if you get stuck, get in touch and we will work with you to make sure your learning experience is as rewarding as ever.

FAQs

  • Is my practicum/internship placement going ahead in Semester 1?

    Some practicum or internship courses have been impacted by COVID-19. The arrangements for practicum and internship courses for Semester 1, 2020 will be confirmed and published on the course Blackboard page by 20 April 2020. We continue to work with our industry partners around placement availability and will keep you updated. For further queries or information please contact your Course Coordinator.

  • Will I still have exams in Semester 1?

    Due to government advice, traditional in-person end of semester invigilated exams will not be held for Semester 1, 2020. Alternate end of semester assessments will replace in-person invigilated exams. Alternate end of semester assessments may include online exams, take-home (open book) exams, essays, research projects, or other forms of assessment. These will be confirmed and published on the course Blackboard page by 20 April 2020. For further queries or information please contact your Course Coordinator.

  • When will alternate end of Semester 1 assessments be due?

    Alternate end of Semester 1 assessments will be due in the published Semester 1 exam period from June 1-12 for Standard Semester courses. Dates for alternate assessment, including online exams, will be published on the course Blackboard page by 8 May, 2020. For further queries or information please contact your Course Coordinator. For non-Standard Semester courses please refer to your School for Program specific dates.

  • Can I apply for an extension for an assessment?

    Yes. We understand that the current COVID-19 pandemic may impact on your study plans. As per the University’s standard procedures, you may request an extension for an assessment by emailing your Course Coordinator. No late penalties will apply.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on my academic performance, what can I do?

    You can apply for Special Consideration by emailing your Course Coordinator. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have extended the time in which you can apply for Special Consideration up to 7 working days after the assessment due date. In addition, no third party documented evidence will be required.

  • How will my courses be graded for Semester 1, 2020?

    Grades will continue to be awarded as published in the Course Outline to ensure external accreditation requirements, academic integrity and recognition of academic achievement are maintained. The grading approach for your course for Semester 1, 2020 will be as detailed in the Course Outline published on the course Blackboard page on 20 April 2020.

  • If I need to withdraw from a course, will I fail?

    You can withdraw on or before the Academic Penalty date without incurring a Fail grade for the course. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Academic Penalty Date has been extended for standard Semester 1 courses until Friday 22 May 2020. For further information on the Academic Penalty dates please contact the Student Administration Office on your campus at sydney.studentadmin@nd.edu.au or fremantle.studentadmin@nd.edu.au.

  • When will on-campus classes resume?

    Classes that have moved fully online will resume on campus as soon as social distancing requirements are relaxed. Irrespective of social distancing requirements, all courses will also continue to be available fully online for the remainder of Semester 1 and Winter Term. As advised by your School, some on-campus classes for simulation or other practical components may be undertaken while maintaining social distancing.

  • Where do I access online academic support?

    1-to-1 Online Support

    The Notre Dame Study Centre offers 1-to-1 Online Academic Support available through Zoom appointments or email correspondence. Help is available for academic writing, referencing, study skills, foundational maths, chemistry and health science support, time management, and exam preparation. Students can email fremantle.ndsc@nd.edu.au and include “Learning Advisor” in the subject line, and write a brief description of what they need help with. This service is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 10.00am – 2.00pm during the Semester, but they can email ahead to book a time. 1-to-1 Online Support is advertised to students via email distribution to academics with a request for an announcement to go up on all Fremantle based Black Board units. This service replaces the Drop in Centre Service, formerly available at Saint Theresa Library.

    PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support)

    PASS is continuing as Zoom sessions.  Details for students, including Zoom link, can be found in Bb announcements in the Courses in which PASS is offered.  The PASS pilot has been successful in increasing student engagement as evidenced by increasing student numbers to sessions each week. We have had a number of requests from students and staff to have PASS run in other courses. The move to online Zoom has worked very well.

    PELA Workshops

    PELA Workshops are continuing as Collaborate and Zoom sessions in first year communications units, and support at risk students as identified by course coordinators and tutors. The School of Nursing PELA workshops have started, and uptake has been positive. The School of Business will start from next week, with the Schools of Health Science, Education, and Medicine to follow. Students from the School of Arts and Science have been referred to the 1-to-1 online support services. All PELA workshops recommend at risk students to utilise the 1-to-1 online support services. We are working on embedding language and academic literacy support content within first year communications units.

    Learning Skills

    Academic Integrity, academic writing, Learning Strategies, and Study Skills guides are available on the University Library website.

    http://library.nd.edu.au/home/learningskills

  • What is Blackboard?

    The University uses the Blackboard learning management system where you can access your course materials including pre-recorded or streamed lectures, as well as self-led or interactive tutorials and links to course readings.

    Blackboard >

  • Has there been any changes to the Winter Term study period?

    We will be extending our Winter Term to four teaching weeks and one exam week. This will enable us to expand our course offerings in Winter Term, for students who wish to study in July. Please keep an eye on your email inboxes for more information about Winter Term course offerings.

  • Can I attend campus?

    If you are well and have not had direct close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 you may attend campus. St Benedict’s Library on the Broadway Campus and St Teresa’s Library in Fremantle are open as one-stop-shops for students who may need to attend campus to use the computers, internet, study spaces and other facilities.

    Students or staff must not attend the University if they have:

    • symptoms of respiratory illness such as a fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat or headache
    • been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the last 14 days (they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case)
    • arrived in Australia from any overseas destination (they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of arrival in Australia)

    Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors.

  • Will students be penalised for non-attendance?

    Although most courses have minimum attendance requirements, the University will take a proportionate leniency approach to absences as the community responds to COVID-19. As is the normal case with absences, it is the student’s responsibility to catch up on the content and learning outcomes covered in missed classes using the resources on Blackboard at a minimum. At a course level there will also be consideration for individual extensions to assessment due dates. It is important for you to regularly check your student email and course-specific Blackboard sites for updates.

    For some courses and programs, minimum attendance requirements are being reviewed with the relevant external professional accrediting bodies. Your School will keep you informed of any ongoing changes to regulations.

  • How do I access online learning?

    Alternate end of Semester 1 assessments will be due in the published Semester 1 exam period from June 1-12 for Standard Semester courses. Dates for alternate assessment, including online exams, will be published on the course Blackboard page by 8 May, 2020. For further queries or information please contact your Course Coordinator. For non-Standard Semester courses please refer to your School for Program specific dates.