Remote student working on her laptop

Lunch Vox #6 – In your students’ shoes

The remote student experience

Let’s face it, having to suddenly move all teaching online during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was tough – for both teaching staff and students.  

Join this panel discussion where international students will share what it’s like for them to study remotely and gain insight directly from students into how the online experience could be improved: Thursday 19 August 2021, 12.15-1.15pm. 

The session will be followed by an opportunity to further engage with remote learning students and attendees in Zoom breakout rooms, from 1.15pm. 


Register for ANU Lunch Vox #6Thursday 19 August 2021, 12.15-1.15pm. 
In your students’ shoes
 The remote student experience 
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Earlier this year, the ANU Experience Accelerator conducted research into the experience of international remote learning students using human-centred design (HCD) methodology. Perhaps not surprisingly, they found that studying remotely had a significant negative impact on the students’ learning experience as well as their mental and physical health. In addition to a perception that their education experience was diminished, the research revealed a deep desire among the students for connection to ANU and to each other. Many of the students reported that they felt that the University and the teaching staff had moved on and forgotten about them, and that the University’s communications of “back to normal” did not reflect their reality, that for them life was not normal.  

“I’m not young enough to be foolishly optimistic, nor old enough to have given up all hope. I sit in between all states of being, waiting for the day I can finally continue my path in life. I see no way forward, yet I cannot go back. I’m academia’s future.” – a remote learning student 

With online teaching here to stay – at least for the foreseeable future – how can we ensure that remote learning students don’t miss out on the world-class education and the transformational life experience they were promised? What steps can teachers take to create learning environments that are accessible and inclusive of remote learning students and foster connection?               

Join us for a walk in your students’ shoes and hear from students directly what steps teachers can take to improve their learning experience: Thursday 19 August 2021, 12.15-1.15pm. 

The webinar will be delivered via Zoom and the session will be recorded. Unlike previous Lunch Vox webinars, we will use a Zoom meeting instead of a webinar so all attendees will be ‘in the same room’ as the panellists. This is because we aim to create an environment similar to an online classroom. 

Lunch Vox #6 is presented to you by the Centre for Learning & Teaching (CLT) in collaboration with the ANU Experience Accelerator.  

Register for Lunch Vox #6

Note: This event was initially scheduled for 12 August and has been re-scheduled to 19 August to allow everyone to take some time to look after themselves and make necessary arrangements after the announcement of the Canberra lockdown starting on 12 August.