What to expect this Summer session
Our optional* Summer session starts Monday 16 November 2020.
If you’ve already enrolled in Summer session or you’re thinking about enrolling to make the most of this summer, here’s what you need to know about classes, plus accessing facilities, services and events.
*Summer session is optional for continuing UTS students. If you’re starting at UTS this Summer session, you’ll need to undertake subjects as outlined in your study plan.
What to expect from classes
To keep our community as safe as possible, most subjects will remain online only. However, some subjects will give you an option to study online and participate in on-campus activities, and a smaller number will be entirely on-campus.
If you’d like to check on how particular Summer session subjects will be delivered you can do so using the Timetable Planner, then self-manage your enrolment to select online only or classes that include an element of face-to-face activity using MyTimetable.
Zoom: Zoom will continue to be the main tool of choice for online classes. If you’re new to Zoom, or need a refresher, take a look at these tips for using Zoom for online learning.
Supporting Online Study portal: A whole range of student services and resources are available at our Supporting Online Study portal, including information to help you with academic success, health and wellbeing, plus course admin.
UTSOnline (Blackboard) and Canvas: We’re currently moving our subjects from UTSOnline (Blackboard) to a new learning management system called Canvas. We’re accelerating that move and by the end of 2021 all subjects should be in Canvas. In the meantime, you may have subjects in both systems (use Subject Finder Tool to find out which system a subject is in).
Need help with online study? Read through our list of tips for studying at home, including strategies, systems and services.
In-class information: Your teacher will run through any critical information you need to know about social distancing, hygiene, group work or other safety protocols. It’s critical you pay attention and follow their directions.
Physical distancing: Classrooms, theatres and labs have been set up to support physical distancing. The 1.5m rule will apply wherever possible. Where an exception applies for essential collaborative activities, you’ll be informed about the risk-management approach that will need to be taken for that activity.
Face masks: Bring a face mask to wear where 1.5m physical distancing can't be maintained on campus. (You should also consider wearing a face mask in any indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain.)
Increased hygiene: Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes are available across campus, including in classrooms and computer labs. There's also extra cleaning and sanitising of public spaces happening daily.
Contact tracing: You’ll need to ‘check-in’ to every class using a QR code, so we have a record of your attendance in case there’s a need for contact tracing. Each room will have a poster with a unique QR code which you can scan with your smart phone, then use your UTS credentials to check in. Or you can check-in manually using a URL that’s also on the poster. Data collected will be stored safely for 28 days and only used for contact tracing.
Entering and leaving classrooms: Make friends with your classmates but keep your distance. Avoid gathering in groups – and speak up (politely) if other people are getting too close.
Carry your UTS Student ID: Make sure you have your UTS student ID on you whenever you’re on campus. If you don’t have a current UTS student ID card, apply online following these easy steps.
Accessing facilities, services and events
Services, events and self-help options will continue to be available to you over Summer session, whether you are enrolled in subjects of not, including:
- Academic support services and workshops
- Health and wellbeing services
- Professional skills and careers help
- IT and learning tools support
- Social activities and events
Take a look at the Supporting Online Study portal for more info. You can also find out about fun stuff like UTS Zoom backgrounds, student podcasts, and giveaways.
Most buildings and many spaces and services will be open across campus for Summer session, including:
- classrooms and study spaces in most buildings, with some of the furniture removed to facilitate social distancing
- UTS Library and Reading Room
- campus cafes, and takeaway and retail outlets
- ActivateFit.Gym with updated hours and capacity
- Ross Milbourne Sports Hall, open for class, club and social sport bookings
- UTS Health Service
Your role in keeping campus safe and welcoming
There are a few things we're asking you to do to keep our campus a low-risk, welcoming environment where everyone feels comfortable and safe:
- Don’t come to campus if you're sick and follow these steps if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 – even if you have mild symptoms the safest thing to do is to get a test and stay home until you have the results.
- Before coming to campus check the COVID-19 hotspots in NSW and follow the NSW Health advice on self-isolation and testing, and what you should do if you've visited one.
- Wash your hands and practice good hygiene – handwashing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here’s how it’s done.
- Wear a face mask if 1.5m physical distancing can't be maintained – wearing a mask is an extra line of defence against the transmission of COVID-19, so you should consider wearing a face mask in any indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain.
- Follow our social distancing etiquette guide – keep your distance, respect others and speak up if people forget to do the right thing.
- Respect your teachers, UTS Security and other UTS staff – the pandemic has created unexpected challenges for everyone. Please work with us to resolve any issues calmly and respectfully.
- Check-in to each class using a QR code, so we have a record of your attendance in case there’s a need for contact tracing.
- Follow the signs on campus – they’re there to keep you safe. Familiarise yourself with them now so you know what to look out for.
- Stay safe as you travel to campus – avoid peak times on public transport wherever possible, and consider walking or riding.
- Update your contact details in MyStudentAdmin – so that we can contact you if there's a confirmed case that you need to be aware of.
- Consider downloading the COVIDSafe app – to allow NSW Health to contact you if you've been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.