We all know the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of immediate change and forced RTOs to move their training online. With any vocational education program, moving to online learning is a huge challenge. It’s even more challenging when a program relies on practical work for students to succeed.
Alys is a Diploma of Nursing student at the Mater Hospital, and moving to online learning was an understandably challenging new experience.
A huge part of moving to online learning for students is adapting to the chosen online communications platform, such as Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams. For a while, Alys and her cohort were ‘still figuring it all out’, but there was the benefit of access to personal student emails and Microsoft programs. The live video lectures and tutorials were also successful and, according to Alys, ‘allowed [us] to still be in touch with [our] educators, to ask questions and seek help with the course, as well as listen to questions and input from peers’. Sounds like they aced our 5 tips for successful online training.
However, productivity was affected for the worse, as it has for most students and working people during this time. According to Forbes, productivity has dropped by as much as 70% since the beginning of the pandemic. For Alys, staying focused is a challenge she is overcoming to study and complete assessments effectively from home.
All practical assessments were postponed for Alys, and a focus on theory took its place. Without practical work, students training for highly practical vocations such as nursing lack important real-world experience—however, this was something made unavoidable by the unprecedented pandemic.
Nurses have always been extremely important, and in this global pandemic they’re some of the most essential and celebrated workers in the world. This is the main reason Alys chose to continue to study online instead of deferring.
Alys says, ‘I don't want what is happening in the world right now to delay my study and career progression, especially because at the moment it would be valuable for me to become a registered enrolled nurse as soon as possible, so I can assist in dealing with the current health crisis’.
Since this interview, Alys has now been able to resume practical work in a nursing placement.
We would like to take this time to thank all of the nurses working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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