Information update No.1 for students 23 March 2020, 10:00


Dear Students,

This is the first of a series of short information updates that we will be sharing with you over the coming weeks. We will be using your queries to our email helpline (covid19@cit.ie) to tell us what it is you most need to know as we proceed through the coming weeks. We will set out the information in the form of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

We are in uncertain and challenging times.  We are all working very hard here in CIT to ensure that you have the best opportunity possible to progress with your studies. From Monday, March 23, Teaching, learning and assessment will continue remotely, that is, there will be no face to face classes taking place at our campuses. Instead we will be facilitating teaching and assessment through Canvas, email, and other means of communication. For now you will be doing your learning and study from a distance, For most of you this will be a new experience and will require you to engage differently with your lecturers and other CIT services. Your Head of Department/Class Coordinator will be communicating with you with more detailed arrangements. While all of this will feel strange to start, we need you to work with us and we urge you to participate fully.  Working together gives us all the best opportunity for success. 

CIT offices and student services continue to operate with many staff working from home. Please do not hesitate to make contact with us through covid19@cit.ie email should you need support.

Most importantly, take care of yourself, your families and friends, and please follow the public health guidelines rigorously.

 

Dr Áine Ní Shé

Registrar & Vice President for Academic Affairs (Acting)

Secretary to CIT Academic Council







What happens for students now that the Institute is closed?

  • The Government announced that from 6pm, Thursday March 12th until Sunday, March 29th inclusive all schools and higher education institutions were to close, and institutions should make other arrangements for teaching and learning and other activities in line with their business continuity plans.  
  • In line with this directive, CIT campuses are closed until Sunday, March 29th at least, and any further extensions to that will be communicated to you, and all our CIT community, as the COVID 19 situation evolves.  The safety and welfare of our students and staff are paramount. 
  • CIT’s Emergency Management Team continues to meet regularly to ensure our community is protected.
  • Remote teaching, learning and assessment will be provided by staff for students from Monday 23rd March and critical services will be maintained during this period.
  • CIT staff are working with the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, the Teaching and Learning Unit, and IT Services to put arrangements for remote teaching, learning and assessment in place from Monday 23rd March.
  • You can preview the remote teaching options, at: https://tel.cit.ie/remote-learning- additional media, links and guides are being and will be added over time.
  • In collaboration with the Students’ Union, the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, will also be offering live online training for all students from next week.
  • The Institute’s Learning Management System, Canvas, will be the primary method of delivery and students can access support at http://www.mycit.ie/itsupport/canvas.



How do I get started?

  • Go to http://www.mycit.ie/ and choose the Canvas Application.  Please take a look at your modules on Canvas for notifications/information from your lecturers.   


What will be the impact on my studies?

  • Arrangements for remote teaching, learning and assessment are now in place, to commence on Monday 23rd March. If you have specific concerns about aspects of your programme of study, contact your department or email covid19@cit.ieand our team will help direct your query.  CIT is constantly working to address the situation so please let us know if you are having difficulties. We will be reviewing your feedback and will be working with you to resolve situations as they arise.


What if I have any extenuating circumstances which I feel will impact my study, for example, illness of self or close family member, issues with access to broadband, etc?

  • An online form will be made available next week which will allow you to inform your lecturer/s and Head of Department of any extenuating circumstances which you feel are impacting on your study, for example, illness of self or close family member, issues with access to broadband, etc.


How will the outbreak affect my exams/assessment?

  • In relation to assessment, we are working on new and innovative ways to assess your learning in this context.  Given the current circumstances, the Institute will endeavour to use continuous assessment approaches to the maximum extent possible. In line with the remote teaching and learning strategies being adopted at this time, every effort will be made to conduct these assessments remotely.




As this is an ever developing situation, we will be posting regular updates to our dedicated COVID-19 Support Portal:  https://covid19.cit.ie 



CIT staff will continue to work remotely and provide as much assistance as possible over the coming weeks.  Please remember that CIT students can email any queries in confidence to covid19@cit.ie.