As per semester one, Monash adheres to the current guidelines and procedures as stated by the Victorian State Government. We endeavour to deliver blended learning (a mix of online lectures and on-campus tutorials) when it is safe to do so. Until that time, your course will be delivered online.
Our adaptive teaching and learning approach will allow us to pivot to on-campus delivery when the opportunity arises, while simultaneously supporting students that are unable to come to campus.
If you are interstate or overseas and unable to study on-campus, you can study online throughout semester two, 2020.
Have some of your plans been interrupted by COVID-19? No doubt. Can you stay on track with your study goals, no matter where you are in the world? Absolutely.
Studying can be a great anchor for us in uncertain times. Focusing on ticking off units from your course is a great way to stay grounded, motivated and in control. What’s more, studying online gives you flexibility that you wouldn't have had with on campus study. You can access the materials whenever you want, and studying can form the backbone of the self-isolation routine you use to get through the coming weeks.
If you want to switch units for Semester Two there is still time but remember to follow your course plan and keep your enrolment in Semester One (including any existing fully flexed units) to a maximum of 24 credit points.
The process is mostly the same as standard enrolment or re-enrolment. Here’s an overview to help you get started:
Review your course requirements, and find the unit(s) that you want to study in the course handbook.
Log into WES using the link below, then click the button to add units
Search for the unit code to add it to your enrolment (if you’re shown a page with multiple unit types, choose the ‘on-campus or online’ option).
If you want to remove a unit, click ‘remove’ in the web enrolment form.
If you’re looking for help with the Web Enrolment System (WES), check our WES overview page or reach out to your unit coordinator and they will help you figure everything out in soothing tones.
If you need some additional advice to work through your enrolment, contact us at +61 3 9902 6010 or via our enquiry form. From 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, you can also call +61 3 9905 2104 to speak to an advisor, or +61 3 9902 5405 for special consideration.
Online study is a fantastic opportunity to optimise your education during a challenging time. Not only will you be engaging in a world-class education taught by incredible academics from the comfort of your cosy home, you’ll be connecting with people from all over the world with the same interests and passions as you. Pretty sweet, right?
For example, you might get the chance to:
Join online discussion boards to share your thoughts and progress, and to jump into juicy debates;
Make the most of your study time with short, succinct and engaging videos from leading academic minds;
Engage with a range of industry guest lecturers, booked in for special appearances!
Your learning outcomes will be the same as studying on campus. We’ve worked tirelessly to update our online learning models so you can be confident that you will get the same content and outcomes you’d receive from face-to-face learning, delivered in an exciting, interactive and engaging new way.
No, your transcript won't be affected in any way at all. Your testamur, academic transcript and recognition will remain the same, as will your qualification from one of the top-100 universities in the world.
Monash will not be offering discounts on our education as the outcomes of our online degrees are equivalent to that of an on-campus degree.
Monash is doing everything to ensure the flexibility and richness of our online educational offering, and have evolved our teaching methods to ensure all our students remain engaged in their learning. The University has invested heavily in infrastructure, technology and support surrounding our offering and are confident it is world class.
Breathe! You will catch up. Look at the Get started site. It outlines things you should do in the first few weeks. This will help you work out what steps you have taken and those you should still take.
Learning Skills Advisers and Librarians will discuss your assignments with you. The Library offers virtual drop-in sessions for you to get advice on academic research, writing and study skills for your projects or assignments.
English Connect also has resources and workshops to help you with these tricky aspects! Get expert feedback on your English language writing in assignments, essays - even on your CV!
You can also sign up for Peer Assisted Study Sessions. These sessions are run by senior students who can help you with your unit content and study skills.
At Monash, we provide you with assessment tasks in which you apply your learning. This is done to prepare you to experience what it will be like to work in the field you have chosen to enter.
Workplaces rely heavily on teams and we help you to build the personal and communication skills to work effectively in teams. The idea is that the work that your team will develop will be so much more than what you each contribute individually. But we know that working in teams can sometimes be challenging - for all of us.
Learn how to beat procrastination, ace your take home or open book exams or chat with other students to hear their strategies for assessment success. The "Ace Your Assessments" program of online sessions is aimed to support you in your final assessments.
If you need an extension, you can request a short extension to the due date for your assignment. You must apply before the assignment due date and the extension is for up to seven days.
To do this, you follow your Faculty processes for Special Consideration. Extensions are at the discretion of unit coordinator and you may need to may need to supply them with supporting documentation if they ask. Check for any instructions on Moodle or if necessary, email them to ask for advice.
Please note that extensions are not available for time-sensitive assessments.
If you can’t complete an assessment task or exam due to exceptional circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible for special consideration.
You have two University working days after the due date to apply and can apply through the central portal. You will need to supply supporting documentation and provide evidence of extension if extension has been sought.
The Special Consideration Team will then assess and let you know the outcome.
First, remember to be gentle with yourself, and try not to worry if things are taking a bit longer than usual.
You can also try to find times to study when the kids are busy, such as early in the morning, late at night, or while they're eating lunch.
Plan your study schedule in small, manageable blocks (e.g. 20 mins) so you can achieve specific tasks in those windows. Save high priority tasks that require a lot of concentration for quieter times in the day, for example when the kids are in bed.
Finally, here’s some useful websites that might help to keep the kids occupied for a while and buy you a few minutes to do that reading or listen to that mini-lecture.
Caring for sick family members
If you're looking after sick family members, and the situation is likely to affect your ability to successfully complete or submit an assessment task on time, you can apply for special consideration (which may include an extension). Find out more
Depending on the situation, you may be able to register as a carer with Disability Support Services. Find out more.
If you are struggling to pay your bills on reduced income, a good place to start would be to figure out how much you can realistically afford to pay and then contact your providers directly, before they shut off their service.
In addition, if you’re already registered with Centrelink (now called Services Australia) for Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY (living allowance) or Austudy you’ll automatically get an economic support payment and a supplement. If you’re not registered, you can find out more information about eligibility and how to register here. (Note that there may be significant delays on both the website and phone lines due to the very high demand for the service at present).
If you've lost employment, our Career Connect advisers help you plan your career, seek work opportunities and provide you with a range of opportunities and resources to ensure you maximise your employment prospects. Get in touch with Career Connect.
Good financial management is just like any other skill: practice makes perfect! So if you would like to build your confidence in this area there are a number of resources available to you.
The Salvation Army has a free three-week online course that could help boost your financial literacy. Information on their Be the Boss course.
Monash University has also provided a step by step guide on how to prepare a budget. Using this tool can allow you to see in plain sight if your current living expenses are reasonable for your level of income. If they are not, you can also contact a Student Advisor at Monash Connect.
A Facebook page has been created for new students in 2020. Connecting with other students can help you to settle in and feel part of the Monash community. This is also a great way to find out useful information, learn about events and programs.
If you're a first year student, we're offering you a peer mentor to help you ease into university life,. Your mentor will be a senior student from your faculty, who can provide you with guidance and support, help you develop connections, and support you in getting the most out of your first year.
Mentoring will be held online this semester, so you can catch up regularly with your mentor. Learn more about peer mentoring.
Be a part of the aMigo network and connect to other Monash students from all over the world. Chat and get advice from senior students, and aMigo can also help you find clubs and interest groups to join. You don't have to wait until you are on campus as online events are getting added to aMigo daily!
Check out Monash Social - this is your dedicated social hub, bringing you all the events, competitions and socialising opportunities you could wish for while you study from home.
You can also join a mentoring program to connect with your peers. Mentoring will be held online this semester, so you can catch up regularly with your mentor or mentee from wherever you are.
Need a break in your study day? From live-streaming workouts and virtual choirs, to career building modules and English language classes, Monash has heaps of great online resources for staying connected and supported - see Co-curricular online.
For graduate students
You can also go straight to the Monash Graduate Association (MGA) site. The MGA is the representative body for all graduate research and coursework students enrolled at Monash University. MGA have several online events you can join to meet other graduate students like yourself. MGA run virtual dinners, netflix watch parties and more virtual meet ups. Check out MGA's upcoming events or sign-up to their newsletter, Facebook or Instagram to stay connected.
While the current situation will affect everyone differently, for some people it may lead to a lot of spare time. Looking after your mental and physical health should remain your top priority, and keeping busy with things that are meaningful to you can help you do that.
We’ve gone and collected a whole lot of ideas for that much needed and well-deserved break of yours. Have a look at our Co-curricular website for some new ideas.
Start/build on your LinkedIn profile and grow your network. LinkedIn can be a great tool to help stay current in your field and progress in your career. To get the most of your LinkedIn experience, consider taking this LinkedIn Learning module on how to create a LinkedIn profile that works for you
Read books that have intrigued you for some time. If you know you want to read, but aren't sure what, have a look here for some useful tactics on how to choose your next book.
The University Health Service is now providing telehealth consultations with doctors. Appointments with a doctor can be booked online via the UHS Online appointment page, and selecting Telehealth Consult. Telehealth is a key way of continuing to access medical care at this time. The University Health Services will continue to operate as an essential service; we want you to stay healthy, well and connected to our services.
If you would like to speak to someone specifically about how to identify the symptoms of coronavirus, you can call the Victorian Department of Health’s Coronavirus Hotline 24/7.
If you have an ongoing medical condition, our medical clinics at Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula campuses are open from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You need to bring your:
Monash ID card
Medicare, OSHC, or Health Care Card
If you need to get in touch with a nurse, you can contact the Victorian Government's Nurse-on-call service. This service is available 24 hours a day.
Our doctors and counsellors are providing over-the-phone or video consultations. Find out how at here.
Monash Sport have launched their Active Bodies Online initiative which includes LIVE fitness classes every weekday, Les Mills on Demand, wellbeing tips and at home workouts. This content is accessible and free for EVERYONE!
Sonder Safety App is available to all international students enrolled at Monash University and all MRS residents living on campus. This app can help with the delivery essential items such as bread, milk, butter, noodles and more.
It may be difficult at times to get all items you need at supermarkets but fresh produce is in good supply – you might just need to be creative with your meal ideas. Enter the ingredients you do have available to you into the Supercook website, and a range of recipe options will be recommended.
Connect with Monash International Student Society - there might be other students from your region already there. You can also search or post in the New to Monash 2020 Facebook group to see if there are other students from your region. If there's no suitable group, check outside of Monash - search social media for local groups from your home region (several areas in Melbourne have multicultural supermarkets where you can find most ingredients).
If you can, plan a special online meal, together with music from your home and a phone or video call to friends or family.
If you are really struggling for someone to talk to, give one of our multi-faith chaplains a call or email. They are there for students of all faiths and none, and their primary concern is student wellbeing. You can find out more about chaplains on Monash’s Spirituality page.
There are lots of great websites and apps that are helping us stay connected and meeting new people during this time.
QuarantineChat - QuarantineChat is a platform connecting isolated people to chat through their smart phones. It's free to use and designed so people can have a surprise conversation with someone which is becoming increasingly rare during this time.
HeyVina - A platform for women who want to make friends with other women. It only takes one friend to change our lives and supportive friends help us feel confident, secure, happy and free
Next Door - Helping neighbours connect, support each other and build stronger communities.
If you’re an international student or MRS student, we recommend that you register with the SONDER app. SONDER will help resupply essentials to any student who is self-isolating for COVID-19. You will be charged for any items that you need restocked.
For International students in Melbourne, the Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne site has a form where you can request help and advice if you have been affected by COVID-19. On this site, there is a section where you can request a care package if you are in self-isolation.
The Victorian Government will provide relief packages to those who need to self-isolate and can’t get any other support.