Four RMIT students share their stories studying during the pandemic and whether their learning experience has changed post-COVID.
The recent pandemic disrupted all aspects of life. After a two-year period of interruption, isolation, uncertainty, and instability where plans became statements of hope rather than expectation, students at RMIT University are now returning to campus. Some aspects of campus life are the same as in the pre-pandemic era, however many are not. These include the role and use of technology, frequency and length of campus attendance, assessment arrangements and transport.
There has been much discussion on the negative consequences of lockdowns and isolation such as the lack of networking opportunities arising from informal contact and mental health issues related to a lack of social interaction. In contrast, there has been comparatively little attention to the positive impact on the forced reassessment of university life necessitated by COVID-19. Students and staff have had to engage more deeply and more routinely with digital tools enabling greater opportunities for flexibility with study due to the lessened requirements for physical presence on campus. This leads to questioning the role of a university campus in post-pandemic times. In other words, the key question is no longer what can be done online (or can't be done on campus) but what should be done online (or on campus).
To answer such questions, we will hear from and engage with four students about their lived experiences in the pandemic, what the return to campus has been like, and what they think the role of the university campus should be in the future.
Trixie Kemp, a part-time, PhD student in the School of Health & Biomedical Sciences, studying remotely in Tasmania with 20 years’ experience working within hospital and community primary health settings.
Momodou Cox, an international PhD candidate in the School of Health & Biomedical Sciences.
Milindi Kodikara, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Software Engineering, School of Computer Technologies and named as one of The Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Future Leaders of Australia.
Aditya Saxena, an undergraduate student in his final year of Bachelor of Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering who volunteered in Conservation Volunteers Victoria pre-COVID.
A Q&A Session will follow our presentations and you will have a chance to participate by asking questions on the day as well as submitting questions for the students when you register.
This event is organised by the RMIT Digital Education Engagement Initiative.
Prof Margaret Jollands, Prof James Harland, Distinguished Prof Magdalena, Prof Matt Duckham, Prof Kerryn Butler-Henderson, & Ms Michelle Nicolo. It is supported by the Biomedical & Health Innovation and the Information & Systems (engineering) ECPs.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.