+ Why are we learning from home this term?
Due to COVID-19, the Queensland Government decided that young people should be learning from home for the first five weeks of Term 2 for the safety of the community. This advice may change depending on future directives from governing authorities.
+ Do I have to stay at home? Can I come to the campus?
All AITC campuses will be open. As per government advice, if you can learn from home then you should remain at home. It is appropriate for a young to attend the campus if:
- parents are essential workers and cannot provide adequate supervision and support (or make other arrangements)
- your home is an unsafe learning environment for you
- you do not have sufficient internet/WIFI to complete the program at home.
At the campus, you will access the same Learning From Home program while staff are physically on campus. All staff and young people on campus must practice social distancing to maintain the safety and wellbeing of everyone on site.
+ How is the Learning From Home (LFH) program different to what we have always done?
The program isn’t that different from what you are used to. The course content for both Education and Industry is the same; however, the delivery method is different. The biggest change to your program is that you will not be on campus completing your program in scheduled classes with face-to-face contact from campus staff.
Instead, an online program has been prepared for you and it will require you to self-direct. If you are completing your Education block, your Team Leaders will provide a 20/22 Day Overview to outline what you need to complete each day and a daily checkpoint that you will need to complete. Similarly, your Industry Consultant will provide you with daily learning that will need to be completed to progress through your Industry block.
Your Team Leaders and IC will check in with you regularly to make sure you are staying on track and making adequate progress in your course.
+ Where do I go to access the Education and Industry program?
If you are on Education block, you will continue with your Education program. To access the Education program, you will go to the Schoology courses that you have been using in Term 1 to access content for different subjects. For example, for Essential Maths, you will go to your Essential Maths course.
If you are on Industry block, you will continue with the Industry program. To access the Industry program, you will need to go to a new Schoology Course that you have been enrolled in for your campus. This course is called the Learning from Home – AITC course and you will use it to access your online Industry program, Site Meetings, Wisdom, Wellbeing, Strength and Fitness and to attend Daily Launch, which is roll call with your Learning From Home Tutor.
+ What do I need to have at home to be able to learn from home?
You will need a computer, an internet connection, a notebook, pens, a desk, good lighting, adequate ventilation and a positive attitude.
At times, you may also be required to use your mobile phone to take pictures to upload for specific task submissions. You also may like to use headphones to watch videos and participate in conferences when required. Although all material is available online, you may wish to print individual task sheets; therefore a printer may be required. This is not mandatory equipment.
To learn from home, you need the following:
- a reliable internet connection
- a reliable laptop or desktop computer
- logins to Schoology, BKSB and your MS Office account
- notebook, pens and other materials as advised by campus staff
- a suitable place to work without risk of injury
+ What do I do if I don’t have internet at home?
If you have no internet at home, it is recommended that you come to the campus to complete your program. AITC campuses will be open and available for learning. The programs are cloud-based, so internet is a necessity. If you are concerned about being on-site, please speak with your Campus Principal no later than Monday, 20 April.
+ Do I have to wear my uniform?
No, you are not required to wear your uniform while you are learning from home. You are expected to wear appropriate and comfortable clothing that you can learn in. If you are coming into the campus, you MUST wear College uniform.
+ Where do I get my timetable?
A campus timetable has been emailed through and you can access your personal timetable through Student Café.
+ What do I do if I’m sick for the day?
Ring the Campus Absentee line and leave your details and reason for absence. Remember that your Learning From Home Tutor will mark the roll each morning during a live conference so if you’re not there, you’ll be marked as absent and your Parent/Guardian will be contacted.
+ My timetable says that I have certain subjects at certain times. Does that mean I need to tune into classes at specific times?
No. Your Learning From Home timetable has allocated times for you to focus on certain subjects at certain times. The timetable is a guide as to how to structure your day and be responsible for your own learning. At times, your Team Leaders or ICs will schedule live conferences that they may request you to join. If that’s the case, they will communicate with you to advise you to join.
+ Who are my teachers? Are they the same as last term?
The majority of the Education Team Leaders will remain the same for your subjects; however, any Team Leader from the faculty may answer questions you post into Schoology. All Team Leaders are working together to ensure the continuation of your learning.
+ Who is my Industry Consultant?
Your IC will remain the same as last term. If unsure, please check with your Learning From Home Tutor.
+ What is a Learning From Home Tutor and why do I have one?
Every young person has a Learning From Home Tutor. Expect a phone call from them every second day. It is important that you answer your phone and check-in with your LFH Tutor. They are there to offer guidance and support, helping you to progress through any challenges that learning from home may present. If you’re not sure who to contact, the LFH Tutor is a good place to start.
+ Do I still have to do Wisdom site meetings and Strength and Fitness even if I’m learning from home?
Yes, you will be participating in Campus Meetings through the Learning From Home – AITC Schoology course. Strength and Fitness tutorials have also been included for you to watch and complete while you’re at home.
+ Do I still go to TAFE?
TAFE is running its pre-employment training online via TAFE CONNECT: https://connect.tafeqld.edu.au/d2l/login
Please speak with your AITC campus or IC for confirmation or clarity regarding TAFE qualifications and units that will be delivered online. More information can be found in the AITC Learning From Home Handbook or by speaking with your Campus directly.
+ How do I submit assignments for my Education subjects?
Your Education Team Leaders will setup online submissions for you in your subject Schoology courses, and communicate with you around how to do this. You will be given direct information on completing checkpoints and final submission.
+ How do tutorials in the timetable work?
Your teachers will make themselves available during tutorial times to speak to you or assist you with specific aspects of the Education and Industry program. You can request a tutorial either directly by email or by the Request for Support function on Schoology. Your Team Leader or IC will then advise
+ Will I still get a report card at the end of the term?
Yes, you will get a Semester Report that will highlight your progress in both Education and Industry.
+ If I’m having IT issues when I’m learning from home, what do I do?
Send an email to email@example.com and our IT Support team will get back to you within 24 hours. For learning platform logins, please speak with your campus directly.
+ I’m signed up. Can I continue with my SAT?
Yes, young people may continue working in their SAT’s during their Industry block, so long as their employer is still operating and comfortable with you continuing. AITC Industry Consultants are making regular contact with all SAT employers to keep up to date.
+ What happens to my work experience?
In line with the government’s request for young people to learn from home, there will be no work experience for (at least) the first five weeks of Term 2. We understand your disappointment but the safety of all young people and our staff is always our first thought.
+ How do I get in touch with teachers or other staff?
Every day, you will be required to attend a daily roll call called “Daily Launch”. You will do this via a conference in Schoology. Your LFH Tutor will run this conference and will go through any daily notices. If you have any matters to discuss, you can raise it here first with your LFH Tutor.
You can also get in touch with campus staff through the following ways:
- Direct email
- Request for Support
- Phone call to the campus
+ If I submit a Request for Support from a Team Leader, IC, PDC or Principal, how long do I have to wait before I hear back from someone at the campus?
You will get a response to your enquiry within 24 hours.
+ Who am I supposed to talk to if I need help with my Education or Industry program?
If you’re stuck and not sure who to go to first, your Learning From Home Tutor is the first person you should contact. They will be able to help you get in touch with the relevant staff member. You can contact your LFH Tutor via email, phone call to the campus or through a Request for Support on Schoology.
If you need help and you know your Team Leader/Industry Consultant, you can get in touch directly with them via email or a Request for Support on Schoology. When in doubt, contact your LFH Tutor or fill out Request for Support, and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.
+ Who do I talk to if I am having issues with my wellbeing or motivation?
Please connect with your LFH Tutor. They are there to help and will be able to refer you to the correct person. Alternatively, you can fill out a Request for Support and ask for a Professional Development Coach to contact you directly.