In meeting with our School Executive on 19/3, Gareth Jones reminded us of the Hong Kong experience, where they only way to beat this pathogen is by leap-frogging way ahead of it. By being hyper-cautious, we will do just that.
The basic rule is, stay off campus and stay at home. It will seem a little like play-acting at first, until the virus surges. If the virus doesn’t surge, it will again seem like play, so you are tempted to cut corners and be cavalier. Please don’t! If the virus does not surge and nothing happens, it means the community’s precautions are working, which is great. But don’t decide ‘it’s all over now’ until we decide that together. We’ll all come out of our holes again when this thing is dead and gone.
So, for sometime hence when physical isolation feels like unnecessary play-acting, re-read my next points. They will alarm you, because they are alarming:
But that is enough of alarming stuff. There is now every chance you won’t get it, and I am looking forward to us being a beacon of Christian hope, joy and connection with everyone we meet online.
There will be reasons to conference call together. CSU instructions are at https://www.csu.edu.au/division/dit/services/service-catalogue/conferencing-at-csu but they’re still a bit confusing, so here it is more simply.
CSU conferencing is very handy. You can join via the web using a computer with webcam and mic/headset; or you can dial in using a phone. Both take you to the same conference.
To join or set up a conference using a phone:
To join or set up a conference via web browser:
The same principles apply if you are hosting or joining a conference using your via web browser.
Set this up on your desk handset before you leave the campus:
Note: If a caller leaves you a voice message and you have not forwarded your phone, you will receive this as an email as usual
To make calls: use personal mobile or home phone. Track costs for reimbursement or tax deduction, if needed. (You’ll need to list time of each call then get the cost later from your phone bill.) The goal is that we should be able to contact each other by calling 02 627x xxxx where ‘x xxxx’ is as follows:
|Bell, Julia||26252||0432 272 926|
|Broughton, Geoff||26267||0408 050 265|
|Cameron, Andrew||26264||0410 983 763|
|Doherty, Bernard||26230||0425 877 023|
|Errington, Andrew||26214||0476 374 056|
|Foulcher, Jane||26269||0450 478 225|
|Gladwin, Michael||26268||0407 900 650|
|Hansson,Thyme||26257||0402 708 971|
|Hibberd, Chevelle||26255||0423 248 138|
|Lock, Nicky||n/a||0415 312 557|
|Mathews, Jeanette||26249||0439 620 603|
|Pringle, Elizabeth||n/a||0439 462 017|
|Teo, Kevin||26205||0448 007 928|
|Young, Sylvia||26256||0488 982 279|
Students: Census Date. CSU may extend sensus date beyond March 27th (to be confirmed). It is normal for some students to withdraw for various reasons prior to census date. It would be great to see if we can help them not to withdraw solely due to covid – invite them to talke it over with you id they are thinking about it, and assure them of the value of online learning for their sanity in the weeks ahead!
Please post this test to Announcements in ALL SUBJECT SITES:
Courses in the School of Theology are delivered through several centres. Each is handling COVID-19 a little differently. For information relevant to you, go to one of the following links:
Distance learners and St Mark’s Barton campus: https://stmarks.edu.au/about/covid-19-response-plan/
St Barnabas’ Adelaide campus: https://www.sbc.edu.au/latest-news/sbc-covid-19-update/
St Francis’ Brisbane campus: https://www.stfran.qld.edu.au/coronavirus-response
United Theological College Parramatta campus: you will receive information directly from your lecturers(s) about UTC’s teaching arrangements. You are welcome to contact your UTC lecturers via email at any time.
Students: Pastoral support. Take some time to ask students how they are travelling re covid, either privately by email, or during online chats, or on the forum. Many will feel very isolated and the connection will be invaluable. Specimen message to CD cohorts from me:
I hope you are having an OK week. Everyone is a little crazy about covid, so if you’d like, drop me a line on how you are feeling about that (email@example.com). But life goes on and we’re meeting safely online already, which couldn’t be better. Think of this subject as an opportunity to restore sanity, be with others, and think about what matters.
[messages about subject content etc …
… Depth of thought and soul about these matters will long outlast the darned virus! [end]
Students: Get participating students comfortable with i2, but refer them to Student Central for IT help. Jeanette has sent info on how but here’s the link again: https://www.csu.edu.au/current-students/support-services/help-information/technical-support/online-meeting-adobe-connect
Audit Students: If they wish to continue via Adobe, remember to make your Adobe sessions available for them should they wish to join online.
Students: Library services. Good news! Sylvia and Thyme will be able to post books and (hopefully) add to digitised collect. You can continue to ask for e-resources, but the pressure is off a little since students can still borrow physical items.
Teaching: To ensure someone can cover if you fall ill, every week from now on please complete your subject progress template.; Either save it to S: drive
S:\Academic\FOAE\SOT\1 St Mark’s\202030 subject progress
or simply email it to Jeanette Mathews (firstname.lastname@example.org) each week.
IT: Set it up with Kevin before leaving campus. Based on info from CSU you will be either:
You can definitely survive on your personal computer without VDI/VPN by using various web portals (i2, conferencing below, Adobe Connect). VDI/VPN are really only necessary if to access S: drive, and maybe for other rare circumstances.
Mac users should check use of Adobe Connect at home as it can be baulky.
Take home if you want:
General: Each day at home:
a) Follow CSU WHS advice. Don’t damage yourself in a dumb way.
b) Join the 9.30am conference and 10.30am chapel. (See above.)
c) Devote first part of each lecture to seeing where people are at, etc … pastoral care will become increasingly valued and valuable.
d) Keep an ear open for if they have unsupported health issues or other emerging needs … not sure how we would handle that, but let’s try.
e) Internet will fill up the more people work from home. Best to freeze your video during lectures.
f) CONTACT CSU DIT FIRST if anything breaks: 1300 653 088 or CSU Internal 84357; or ‘log service request’ at www.csu.edu.au/division/dit .
g) If recording lectures: it might be best to prefer audio recordings. There are a few ways to do this – easiest to use the one you know, or ask Andrew C for a suggestion
Comms: Phones (sessional lecturers): to be on the safe side, text your mobile number to:
Andrew Cameron 0410 983 763
Jane Foulcher 0450 478 225
Jeanette Mathews 0439 620 603