Q: Is the University currently fully closed?
A: Yes, as mandated by the UAE government, our faculty and staff are working from home to support all students. Students aren’t allowed on campus. Their learning is currently being delivered seamlessly through online classes with minimal disruption to their normal routine.
Q: Was the University ready for the campus closure?
A: Yes! We anticipated a potential campus closure some weeks ago and have been working hand- in-hand with the home campus in Perth to get ready for this very situation. We are more than confident of our ability to continue to give our students the best virtual campus experience possible, until such time as things settle back to normal.
Q: How are these online classes delivered?
A: Murdoch University uses an online learning platform called Blackboard Collaborate which is delivered through our Learning Management System (LMS). This platform allows for virtual ‘attendance’ of lectures, ability to ask questions via a chat function or by using an in-built mic. Students can put up their virtual hand and ask a question. In many ways it’s just like a normal classroom, you are simply ‘attending’ from your home.
Q: Do currently enrolled students have to attend these online classes?
A: Yes, all currently enrolled students must attend and participate in the online learning sessions. The classes are held on the same day and time as per their original schedule and cover the units the students have enrolled in. Classroom interaction is also encouraged with video conferencing and text messages on the online learning platform.
Q: Do current students have to complete normal assignments?
A: Yes, all assignments and project work need to be completed as per your faculty’s requirements. We are currently using tools like Blackboard Collaborate to ensure students have options to virtually submit their work.
Q: What has been the experience so far?
A: Both our students and lecturers have given overwhelmingly positive feedback. Attendance at online lectures is close to 100% and participation is very high – as we know from our own personal experiences, being in a virtual world gives people more confidence to ask questions and express an opinion.
Q: Will the May trimester continue as usual?
A: The May trimester will continue as usual, although online classes may continue if campus closures are extended. For all new students in the UAE or internationally, we welcome you to join us in May and commence your studies online in our virtual campus, until such time as things return to normal and the campus reopens. With ‘social distancing’ being the current buzzword, why not take advantage of staying at home and either continuing your studies over summer or kicking off your university plans if you are new to Murdoch.
Q: Are we still moving to our new campus in Dubai Knowledge Park?
A: Yes, the move is going ahead as planned. We will share updates regarding it being open for our students as per the government’s guidelines.
Q: I am a new student and was hoping to join Murdoch University Dubai for the May 2020 trimester – do I proceed?
A: Yes! If you’re a student based in the UAE, you can join classes either on campus or through our online learning platform, depending on the UAE government’s guidelines for the month of May. If you’re an international student, you can attend our virtual orientation from April 26th and commence your studies with us online from May 3rd. When travel restrictions are lifted and the campus reopens, you can join us to finish your studies face-to-face.
Q: I was going to join Murdoch University Dubai for the September 2020 trimester – do I proceed?
A: Yes, we look forward to welcoming you to the university in September 2020.
Q: How long will the online learning guidelines be in place?
A: The Ministry of Health and Prevention is monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and will communicate updates through the media. We are in constant touch with the relevant authorities and will share any news accordingly.
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