The purpose of this orientation is to develop and increase strategies for your learning and study at Randwick College, Sydney Institute, with particular reference to learning in the Flexible Learning Centre (FLC).
On completion of this module, you should be able to:
Be familiar with Randwick College environment and its administration system
Identify your learning and assessment options
Be aware of your responsibilities as a student, including Occupational Health and Safety needs
There will be a self-test at the end of this orientation.
In the Flexible Learning Centre, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute, Randwick College provides currently enrolled students with access to Computing facilities , including printing and free access to the Internet .
Also provided is personalised tuition in the form of Tutorial Support in Mathematics , English Literacy and Numeracy , Science and History.
Timetables of when Tutorial Support is available can be found in the Flexible Learning Centre.
Assistance with basic Computing Skills is also available. The teacher on duty can show you how to access Microsoft Office and to gain access to the Internet.
In the FLC some courses or modules are already online. Students who are enrolled in an Online TAFE NSW course have first preference in computer bookings.
What must I do to use the Flexible Learning Centre?
Firstly you must be a currently enrolled TAFE student.
Secondly, you must have a current TAFECARD.
Thirdly you must enrol in Module 498IT “Introduction to TAFE Study”.
You must abide by the Flexible Learning Centre Conditions of Use .
If you require headphones you can purchase them from the Student Association (in the Barn), for $10.
Not display material that may be offensive to others . E.g. because it is obscene (pornography) or advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature). If students accidentally access such information, they must exit the site immediately.
Not use any form of Chat . (This includes forums, chat rooms, msn messaging, etc). Students doing an online TAFE Course are excepted.
Not play or download any games or music .
Not alter the established hardware configuration.
Not load software on the PC, or alter any programs or files on the PC (including Internet Explorer configuration). Only computer software , which is authorised and tested for use on the TAFE computer network, will be available on these computers.
Not use the computer systems for profit-making or commercial activities.
Not plagiarise works you find on the Internet or on the TAFE network. Plagiarism is taking the ideas of others and presenting them as your own.
Not eat or drink in the FLC.
Not use mobile phones . (Please have phones turned off).
How can I learn and be assessed at Randwick College?
Your mainstream course (e.g. Accounting, Child Studies, HSC) will provide you with an assessment guide. If you are unclear about assessment, please ask your teacher.
All cultures, including Aboriginal culture, have different learning styles. In the FLC, you can learn through individually – paced programs, tutorial support, online learning or research. You need to discuss with your teachers what learning style/program is appropriate for your needs.
Learning support is available through Tutorial Support (e.g. ABE, English as a Second Language, CityEast programs). However, if you have a disability, you should contact the Disabilities Unit on Level 1, Building A for appropriate assistance with your studies.
In certain cases, (e.g. accident, disability, trauma) assessment in your mainstream course may be adjusted or modified. Each case is judged on an individual basis. You need to contact the Head Teacher/Disabilities Unit and/or a Student Counsellor regarding this.
What about my rights and responsibilities as a student?
These have already been described (above) in the “Conditions of Use of the FLC”.They are also described in the Student Assoc. booklet which will be given to you on enrolment day.
However, each student has responsibilities regarding Occupational Health and Safety. Examples of these are that:
Smoking is not permitted on College premises, except in specially designated areas.
If there is a fire-bell, you must evacuate the building promptly, and assemble in the designated area outside.
If you have an accident on College premises, you should obtain, complete and return an Illness and Misadventure Form. These are obtainable from the Administrative Unit on the Lower Ground Floor of Building A.
If there is any threat to you or a fellow student, you should ring Security on pager 0132222 then quote 14241 or #6214.
You should follow all the OH & S guidelines issued by the College and the teaching section where you are enrolled for your mainstream course.
SELF-TEST How much have you understood so far?
Check your understanding of the information above by answering the following 10 questions:
What are the three things you must do to use the FLC?
How do you book a computer in the FLC?
Who has priority for computer bookings?
What different ways of teaching and learning does the FLC provide?
How can students with disabilities get extra support?