Collarts Responds To COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020

KEY UPDATES FROM COLLARTS

  • All of our courses will be delivered online during COVID-19;
  • Campuses are open for limited student use;
  • Same great course, same great community;
  • Next intake starts in May. You can apply now

 

FRIDAY 27 MARCH

I am writing to provide further updates on the Collarts response to the COVID-19 situation. There are a few that I want to share at this time:

  • From 10pm on Friday 27th of March we will be reducing the campus opening hours at Brunswick Street and Cromwell Street campuses. They will only be available by appointment. This means students will need to book rooms at least 24 hours in advance if they want to book a room or access any of the resources at these campuses.
  • Our Wellington Street campus remains open from 9am – 10pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 7pm on weekends.
  • Our George Street campus remains closed.
  • We will continue to limit the number of students allowed in a room at any one time. When booking a room please check the new limitations for that room.
  • Over the next week or so we will be communicating with students more about how to make the most of remote learning, where they will see lots of tips and information and ways that they can get support. Some of it will be specific to courses and some will be more general.
  • Collarts academic and wellbeing support services continue to be available to students and are ready to offer you zoom and phone consultations. We encourage students to book appointments. 

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the amazing work that our staff have done to get your classes up and running for remote learning mode. The work that they have done has been remarkable and inspiring to see, and so I want to take this opportunity to thank them all.

I also want to thank our reception and campus student support staff who are still keeping our campuses open and lending out gear so that students can complete their work. We are down to a very small number of on-campus staff with almost everyone working from home now. Those that have stayed on are doing a superb job and a huge service to us all.

We continue to monitor the situation and will update you if anything changes.

— BEN O’HAHA,
DEAN OF COLLARTS

 

MONDAY 23 MARCH

I just wanted to explain that we are still considered an essential service, and although we've transitioned all of our classes to an online delivery mode, we continue to have some of our campuses open for students to access should they wish.

What we are doing, however, is very much limiting the number of students in a room at any one time and the number of people on a campus at any one time. So, students will need to be mindful of this when they're making a room booking, and check with the reception staff as to how many people are allowed in a room.

That's really it for today. We continue to monitor the situation daily, and I will provide you with another update as soon as we have one.

— BEN O’HAHA,
DEAN OF COLLARTS

WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH

ANOTHER IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE DEAN

I've written to all of our students informing them that from Monday 23rd March, all of our classes will be run online. We've asked our students not to come into campus, unless they are asked specifically to do so by their lecturer.

For now — and the situation is changing regularly — face-to-face classes will continue until the end of this week, but we've asked all our students to maintain a 1.5 metre distance from each other.

We also understand that our students are feeling anxious and concerned about their assessments and classes and so on for the rest of this trimester. I'd like to assure all of our students that we're working very hard to make sure that we are able to maintain the quality education they are used to and that no student will be disadvantaged in their studies. 

At this stage, we're keeping the campuses open. Students can maintain access to the library, room bookings, studio bookings, and so on, but like I said, classes won't be running on campus.

Finally, a reminder that if you're feeling unwell, or any students are feeling unwell even if they've got a small room booking, they shouldn't come into campus. We'll continue to monitor the situation daily and it is changing regularly, and I will provide an update if anything more develops.

— BEN O’HAHA,
DEAN OF COLLARTS

WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH

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COLLARTS SHARES COVID-19 FAQS

With COVID-19 impacting society at large, there's a lot of uneasiness hanging in the air. That's why Collarts Dean Ben O'Hara and Professor Tim Moss (Associate Dean, eLearning & Innovation) jumped on our Facebook to answer questions about how Collarts is adapting to the situation as it evolves.

Here are the questions you asked and we answered, as well as other Frequently Asked Questions you may have during this difficult time. 


WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH

COVID-19 STUDENT UPDATE FROM DEAN BEN O'HARA

We understand that there are ongoing concerns about the unfolding situation. At this point in time we have decided to take the following actions:

  • From Monday 23rd of March all classes will be running in online mode.  Please do not come to campus for your classes unless specifically advised by your lecturer.
  • You will be hearing from your Department Heads and Teachers soon as to how that will work for each class.
  • For now (and the situation is changing regularly), face-to-face classes will still run for the remainder of this week. I ask you all to maintain a 1.5 meter distance from each other in classroom and other settings.
  • I understand that you may be worried about content and assessments. I would like to assure you that we are working through ways that we will still be able to deliver and assess every subject and maintain the quality of education that you are all used to. You won’t be disadvantaged in your studies.
  • At this stage we are keeping campuses open and students can maintain access to the library,  room bookings, studios and computer labs, but classes will not be running on campus. We will continue to assess this daily.
  • Again, I remind you that if you are feeling unwell you should not be coming into our campuses and we all need to continue to maintain good hygiene practices.

 We continue to monitor the situation and will update you if anything changes.

— BEN O’HAHA,
DEAN OF COLLARTS

TUESDAY 17 MARCH

LIVE AMA WITH BEN O'HARA & PROF. TIM MOSS

Dean Ben O'Hara and Professor Tim Moss (Associate Dean, eLearning & Innovation) responds to all questions regarding how Collarts life is adapting to the daily COVID-19 changes on a live AMA Facebook post. 


MONDAY 16 MARCH

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN ABOUT COVID-19

Following the latest Government and Health officials advice, Collarts is open for classes. The public health message is clear that schools and universities are not closing at this time, however rest assured that we have thorough and detailed plans for the continuity of classes in the event of a shutdown.

Like many other institutions, we will be teaching online for a period. This should be as simple as students clicking a link in their email to watch a lecture and take part in a class discussion. There are some classes that are intensely practical, and these may need some adjustment for the period, but we do not want students to miss out on the experiences we offer, so other arrangements will be put in place. 

Over the next week we will continue to work towards transitioning classes to online.  If students decide that they are able to access their class materials online and therefore don’t need to come to classes, they may choose not to.  This is their choice and we will not be penalising students for non-attendance at this time.

Room bookings and after hour operations will continue as normal, however we ask students to limit these books to only include Collarts students and staff.  We are limiting the number of external visitors to our campuses.

We are lucky at Collarts to have a team of teachers who genuinely care about our students and their education and they are working hard to give our students the best possible experience should we be forced to close our campuses for a period. 

If staff or students are feeling unwell, they should stay at home, and should all continue to maintain good hygiene practices.  

I reiterate that our campuses are open, and Collarts continues to operate as usual. We remain aligned with the expert advice of the health authorities and will make further adjustments as necessary. 

We will keep the Collarts community updated with further information as it becomes available. 

— BEN O’HAHA,
DEAN OF COLLARTS

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