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Online a safe learning option

On a stormy autumn day, Kyron Nunn is happy to be rugged up inside his comfortable home listening to his TAFE lecturers online and completing his work schedule.

He has been studying a Diploma of IT Networking online with South Regional TAFE since mid-March, having moved from the classroom to online study three weeks before the end of first term to protect a member of his family who was susceptible to COVID-19 due to a health condition.

Kyron said that although there were a few difficulties at first, these were sorted out quickly resulting in a smooth transition to online study.

“It’s been a positive experience for me and I’ve had all the resources I’ve needed easily available,” Kyron said.

He said his lecturers had been very supportive and encouraging about the move to online study.

“Working on the networking side of things has been more of a challenge as we are used to having the physical switches, ports and cabling in front of us.

“The lecturers have adjusted their classes accordingly and helped us with any trouble shooting so it’s been good.

“We’ve been able to ask questions online and I’ve noticed even some of the quieter students are asking more questions than they normally would in class.”

Kyron added that feeling comfortable at home could be conducive to positive learning experiences.

Although Kyron missed his TAFE class friends, he said they had been chatting online and regularly checking in on each other.

He may return to classes soon but for now, Kyron is happy to continue studying online knowing he can contact his lecturers for help and support.

Page last updated May 11, 2020