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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

CIT students easing back onto campuses

As COVID-19 restrictions forced schools and universities into virtual campuses, some of the Canberra Institute of Technology’s (CIT) more practical courses had assessments altered or were put on hold for students.

Students are gradually returning to the CIT campuses, but those who require onsite resources will be the first to return.

“Priority is being given to students where access to CIT’s campus-based resources is critical to achieving their course outcomes, including Australian Apprentices who are nearing completion of their qualification and some Year 12 students,” a CIT spokesperson said.

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“Students and staff who can work and learn from home will continue to do so consistent with health advice and guidelines.”

Following the ease of COVID-19 restrictions, students started gradually returning across CIT’s five campuses from June 2.

The vocational trainers were required to think outside of the box to deliver some of its courses, which had it alter some assessments.

“In some cases (assessment) was achieved through web conferencing classes for the theoretical aspects of the course as well as web-based demonstrations, learning and assessment,” they said.

“Apprentices have also been able to submit videos or photos of work they had done on the job as evidence for practical assessments while some of our industry partners have welcomed CIT staff into their workplace to continue practical training and assessment with students.

While some courses were able to be shifted for the purpose of going ahead, others in the health, beauty and fitness fields were put on hold.

The CIT spokesperson said while these courses did not meet the social distancing guidelines, or were not practical to run, they would be given priority on campus when it was safe to do so.

The vocational training facility said it had also offered alternative courses for students to study where online courses could not be delivered.

The spokesperson said considerations for the safety of staff, students and the community in the transition back to campus were being taken into account.

“CIT students are working full or part-time across Canberra, many are coming from interstate, and therefore have greater interaction with the rest of the community,” the spokesperson said.

“The movement of students over five campuses and throughout the city and the region is something CIT must take into account to ensure the safety of students, staff and the community.”

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Ian Cubitts
Ian Cubitts