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MyCQU - Residential Schools and Placements

Residential Schools and Placements

Advice for students

For advice about residential schools and placements, please see the following questions and answers:

Are Residential Schools cancelled?

Yes, unless you are advised otherwise from your Dean, Head of Course or teaching team. From Monday, 23 March 2020, on-campus residential schools will be replaced with online learning facilitated by Moodle.

The University is committed to helping students continue with their learning. We are working to support our students online and to reduce disruption wherever possible.

Teaching teams will publish unit-specific advice and frequently asked questions on each Moodle unit.

What should I do if I have already booked travel and accommodation to attend a residential school?

If you have booked travel to attend a residential school, please contact your airline, transport service, accommodation provider or travel agent, to enquire about credit or refund offers. Based on the nature of this situation, many travel providers are offering travellers credit and refund options for their bookings. Please speak to your travel provider directly about what you may be eligible to claim.

Will my Clinical Placement go ahead?

Where possible, clinical placements will go ahead. It is, however, important to understand that many clinical placement providers are facing significant pressures as a result of this crisis. Due to this, some clinical placements may change with late or no notice.

The clinical placement officers are working very hard to minimise disruption for students, but we do ask that students show patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. Placement officers will contact students about any changes to their placement activities. We are trying our best to work with industry partners to secure placements for students but unfortunately, some students may have their placements delayed.

Students should continue to monitor their student email for updates from the WIL team regarding their individual placement status. Any questions regarding WIL Placement activities or mandatory checks during this time should be directed to the WIL team for the relevant School.

I had organised to complete a placement or internship as part of my course. Should I/ can I still do this?

If you have a work placement or internship organised it is important to discuss your options with your placement provider, WIL Officer, and your unit coordinator.

Many workplaces may be implementing work-at-home arrangements which may not make it possible for you to complete your placement.

It is important to discuss the situation with your placement provider and WIL Officer/Placement Team/Internship Team to see what options may be available to you. You should also let your unit coordinator know about any changes to your work placement program.

If your work placement is cancelled, please contact your unit coordinator and WIL Officer/Placement Team/Internship Team about options for alternative assessments.

I am an education student. What will happen to my placement if schools close?

The University has responded to the impact of COVID-19 on schools by postponing the commencement date of all placements for initial teacher education students in 2020. All students have been advised of the adjustments to the timing and structure of placements. We hope that your placements will be able to proceed according to the new schedule after schools and teachers have had time to transition to curriculum delivery models that involve teaching online.

The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), our teacher registering authority, has advised that pre-service teachers will be able to meet the requirements for professional experience placements by working alongside their supervising teachers in this online delivery mode but these opportunities may be dependent on the circumstances and resourcing of individual schools.

We acknowledge that there is currently a great deal of uncertainty about the operation of schools and there may be further unavoidable disruption or delays to the adjusted schedule we have devised for placements this year. You can be assured that staff from the School of Education and the Arts are working very closely with stakeholders to develop contingency plans with the aim of avoiding delays to the completion of your course of study as much as possible. You will be kept up to date with all developments affecting placements as soon as information becomes available.