- In response to the global implications of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Monash College launched its Virtual Classroom in March 2020.
- The Virtual Classroom allows us to continue delivering our trusted pathway curriculum while Federal and State Government restrictions are in place, keeping students on track with their studies and their transition to Monash University.
- We hope to return to face-to-face teaching as soon as it's safe to do so but, given the current Federal and State Government advice, we have extended this date until restrictions are eased.
- If face-to-face classes are able to resume while travel bans are still in place, the College will provide face-to-face classes and will continue to provide Virtual Classroom delivery, including assessments, until travel bans are lifted so that students can complete their study period.
In response to COVID-19, we’re continuing to adapt our operations. View our latest COVID-19 updates.
There are several expected study modes for Monash College students in 2021. How students study will depend on where they are located and the level of government COVID-19 restrictions.
Students in Australia
Monash College plans to provide on-campus study for students in 2021, subject to government COVID-19 restrictions. Delivery will be in blended mode with a mix of on-campus and online teaching and support activities aligned with COVID-19 Safe requirements.
On-campus activity may vary depending on the course. Activities with practical components will be on campus, subject to restrictions, and lectures will remain largely online until a full return is possible.
The full return to College campuses is subject to public health advice and will only take place when it is safe to do so in line with government requirements. If the situation in Melbourne changes and government restrictions are re-imposed that prevent students from studying on-campus in 2021, then all courses will continue to be delivered through the Virtual Classroom.
Students outside of Australia
While international borders remain closed, students outside of Australia will study in Monash College’s Virtual Classroom.
If border restrictions are eased and students are able to travel to Melbourne, Foundation Year and Diplomas students can choose to transition to blended mode in Australia or complete their semester/trimester in the Virtual Classroom. Students who complete their semester/trimester offshore will be expected to travel to Melbourne for the start of their next semester/trimester.
English students who are enrolled in their course when border restrictions are eased can choose to complete their entire course in the Virtual Classroom or travel to Melbourne for study in blended mode. English students who enrol after border restrictions are eased will need to travel to Melbourne for their entire course.
Time zones and Virtual Classroom attendance
Students who are unable to attend live classes in the Virtual Classroom because of time zone differences can watch recorded versions of each lecture and workshop. These students will not be penalised for being unable to attend live classes but they are still required to complete tasks assigned by their teachers.
If you cannot attend a live class in the Virtual Classroom because of time zone differences, you must email your teacher so they know the reason for your absence.
All exams are conducted through the e-Assessment platform with supervision. They are scheduled according to Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) and must be completed live, regardless of a student’s local time zone.
A message from the Monash College CEO, Jo Mithen
In light of the current situation, many organisations have been required to adapt the way they work and it’s no surprise that this includes Monash College and the broader education industry.
Jo Mithen provides an update on how staff and students have shifted the delivery of the College's programs from face to face into the Virtual Classroom, while studying and working from home.
Whilst it’s only a temporary measure, the Monash College Virtual Classroom has allowed students to continue learning at a high academic standard using the same approaches used in face to face classes, with ongoing support from teachers and staff.
What is the Virtual Classroom?
Using the latest video and webinar technology, the Virtual Classroom brings together interactive teacher-led sessions, discussion forums, and independent learning activities in one easily-accessible Learning Management System.
Students will receive the full classroom experience as they talk with and listen to teachers, and interact with classmates. The Virtual Classroom encourages flexible and self-paced learning that keeps students engaged and on track for entry to Monash University.
It’s the same course content, support and experience delivered in an engaging online environment.
We are so proud of our students in the achievements they have made in the Virtual Classroom.
The attendance rate for our Diploma program was over 80%, with pass rates at 88% and overall satisfaction* at 4.46 out of 5. Our Foundation Year program also had great results with an 82% attendance rate, 92% pass rate and 4.49 for overall satisfaction*. English programs also performed very well with an attendance rate of 94%, pass rates over 92% and 4.13 and higher for overall satisfaction*.
Check out the videos below to see how a real class runs in the Virtual Classroom!
View our Virtual Classroom demonstrations
We are holding a series of 30-minute taster sessions where prospective students and their parents can engage and observe a live demonstration of the Virtual Classroom and its high-quality learning environment. To register for upcoming sessions or view recordings of the previous sessions please click here.