When Coronavirus hit, the university transitioned quickly to getting study and learning materials online. From what I understand, academics and lecturers have done an amazing job doing this in a very short time frame.
At the same time, many of the student services (e.g. us at Health, Counselling and Disability Services, Learning Lounge, ISS) started getting themselves online as well. For, example you can still get counselling appointments. They are just done mostly via Skype and Telephone now.
With critical services (teaching and support) mostly online now, we are now at the stage that we can start looking at getting some more fun and enjoyable parts of the University experience online as well. Remember that before Coronavirus hit, the university campus wasn’t just a place to learn, it was a place to participate in the full gamut of university experiences. There were events and clubs and exhibitors and all sorts of things happening on campus.
Now it isn’t easy to capture that kind of community activity online, but that doesn’t mean people won’t try.
While we’re all retreating to our corners, now more than ever we need to be there for each other… The Flinders Uni Student Association (FUSA) has made a Facebook group to help keep everyone connected. It’s a space to share your life hacks, your online study tips, share stories, get creative, or simply find a needed distraction. There are online games, you can host an online event, or maybe launch your pet into social media stardom! Jump on in, you’re not alone!
Let’s see if we can recreate, even just a little bit, some of the colour and life that was on-campus into the digital environment.