If you have contracted COVID-19, please let us know. We are concerned about your health and would want to know if you are unwell. We will also need to let our community know if they have been potentially exposed.
St Mark’s and CSU are already brilliantly set up for online learning. The majority of our students already study online, and you will be joining them for a time. We are ahead of the game, and ready to support you in your learning.
Our online classrooms operate through a platform called ‘Adobe Connect’ (also known within CSU as ‘Online Meeting’).
Do not ask your subject coordinator for help with IT issues, but contact Student Central. We find that hearing lectures is the main challenge for most people, so try to understand the sound settings on your computer and within Adobe Connect.
Even though there are drawbacks to not meeting face-to-face, online learning can strengthen community through strong and focussed discussions, both using the Discussion forum on your Interact2 site, and through the chat facility of Adobe Connect.
Your subject coordinator will indicate whether your voice input is possible, or simply your typed input; the latter is easier, the former is more fun, but requires a headset or mic and familiarity with the mic functions of your system.
At this stage, all April residential schools are being moved online. Your subject coordinators are working on details and have already been in touch with you.
We also hope to livestream Chapel at 10.30am on Tuesday to Thursday. Details are being confirmed; check back here for how to join.
Check our Library Help section for details about library services.
Another way we can support you is through flexibility with due dates of assignments, especially in this time of change and disruption. In the first instance, your Subject Coordinator can usually help. CSU also has a Special Consideration procedure, should you need it.
We continue to monitor COVID-19 developments to decide when on-campus classes can resume. We anticipate we will be off-campus at least until Anzac Day. At around that time we’ll review and let you know what’s next.
Friday 27 March is our Session 1 Census Date, the last date you can withdraw without fee or penalty. Sometimes people need to do that, and we understand. However, we really hope you will not. It’s normal to feel edgy at a time like this, but talk it over with your subject coordinator first, or our Course Advisor or Course Director. We’re pretty good at online learning and are confident we can get you through this.
Information pertinent to students is being regularly updated on your student portal and on CSU’s COVID-19 information page.
Finally: we are aware that changes in the weeks ahead will be a stressful time for some. We encourage you to support your classmates by whatever virtual means you can: a message of support on the discussion board can be gold, for example. (Remember also to respect other students’ boundaries and privacy, though; only offer such support as is welcome.)
Our faculty also wants to support you in whatever way we can. You can also seek advice from CSU’s student support services.
The next few weeks are a great time to be a distance learner with St Mark’s! Teaching will continue as usual and with minimal disruption.
Please make use of student support services or be in direct contact with your lecturer if you need support or a listening ear.
We are very glad you joined us as an auditing student at the start of this year. Since we are moving now all our teaching online, that has some implications for you.
St Mark’s is already brilliantly setup for online learning. The majority of our students already study online, and you will be joining them for a time. We are ahead of the game, and ready to support you in your learning.
St Mark’s is still ‘open for business’ and operating at our usual hours — just fully online. If you need to get in touch with any of us, the best thing to do is to contact us online and we’ll endeavour to get back to you within our usual timeframes.
While this situation is playing out worldwide, St Mark’s will wind back on our public events and cancel our shorter courses for now. With the odd exception, our events generally do not breach the 100-persons limit imposed by the government.
ACT Government Health — Coronavirus Update: https://health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Australian Government’s Department of Education Coronavirus Factsheets: https://education.govcms.gov.au/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov