update No.1 for students 23 March 2020, 10:00
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
(email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Secretary to CIT Academic Council
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.
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.
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
What will be the impact on my
- 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 email@example.com 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
How will the outbreak affect my
- 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.