Stirling College Response to Coronavirus
Dear Stirling community,
At the end of this message is a link to an important announcement by the University of Divinity. In summary, the University of Divinity (including Stirling Theological College) is committed to safeguarding the health of our members and the general public, and to ensure continuity of our educational mission, especially for students. After consultations between the University leadership and the Principals of our Colleges, the following decisions have been made:
1. The Melbourne Graduation Ceremony scheduled for March 27, 2020, will not proceed and all graduands will be graduated in absentia, with a celebration to be held when it is safe to do so.
2. All units except those with a practical field-based component will move to online delivery for the remainder of first semester, commencing Monday, March 23.
3. First semester will be extended by two weeks. The new semester schedule looks like this:
* Classes will run as normal this week, in their usual on-campus or online format: March 16–22 (week 4).
* March 23–29 will be a “Pause Week,” i.e. no classes will run, so that students and lecturers can get themselves ready for their online classes.
* During the week of March 30 – April 5, all classes will resume, but they will be fully online classes (this becomes week 5).
* There will be a 2-week break for Holy Week and Easter as scheduled (April 6–17).
* After Easter, classes will resume as usual (but will be held entirely online), with classes running for an extra week into June.
* There will be an extension of one week for all student assignments across all first semester units.
This is a great time to study the Bible, theology, Counselling, and more, at Stirling Theological College.
Stirling Theological College is committed to delivering a high-quality educational experience. We are an agile and adaptive College, well placed to provide quality online education.
Additional support will be offered to students to enhance their learning experience during this time, and we also encourage you to seek pastoral and local church support as needed.
Stirling College lecturers will walk you through this change to online delivery, and they are experienced in teaching their classes online and in delivering high-quality online educational experiences. Very few theological colleges in Australian have the knowledge and expertise that Stirling College has in online education.
We ask you to stand with us as we seek to stand with you during this period of change. Stirling College lecturers and students are flexible and adaptive learners, ready to respond with courage and faith as life changes. We will be in frequent communication with you as we want you to be informed. We encourage you to seek pastoral and other support as you need it and to contact your lecturer and our staff with ways we can care for you, equip you, and support you. This is a great opportunity to care for each other and also to explore ways to care for a hurting world. Jesus calls us to be a people of faith and courage, but also of compassion and mercy, and this is a time in our nation’s history where we can indeed be God’s people, showing his love, courage, mercy, faith, and hope.
If you are a student, you will be hearing from your lecturer about specific adjustments to your unit delivery as it moves to an online mode.
Grace and peace,
(Revd Dr) Graham Joseph Hill PhD
Stirling Theological College
University of Divinity announcement: