ANU Lunch Vox - Remote or Isolated: The Student Experience

ANU Lunch Vox series

Satisfy your midday appetite for conversations about critical issues in education and join the Centre for Learning & Teaching (CLT) for the second edition of ANU Lunch Vox – a webinar series that brings together a panel of local voices to dissect and debate the hot topics in teaching and learning.

This Lunch Vox session is titled: Remote or Isolated: The Student Experience.

The student experience of remote learning at ANU has no long-standing tradition. Prior to COVID-19, our students and staff were accustomed to course offerings embracing high quality, active learning through blended learning environments; having face-to-face components. Through the ANU Vision for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, we preferenced our students’ connection to the campus which, by its distinctive nature, could exploit the power of physical and digital infrastructures. Thanks to the pandemic, the once vibrant physical campus was stripped of its character and in its place a virtual community required a new approach to learning and teaching partnerships.

When eventually, we can put the current Covid crisis behind us, what will we say we learnt about maintaining a determined teaching focus on the student experience? Through upheaval and disruption, what are the fundamentals that remain consistent? And as highlighted in the SWiRL/TWiRL report, what’s the emerging narrative that speaks to an ANU Education Rejuvenation? With so many questions in front of us, it’s time to engage with some of our local thought leaders (staff and students) on the topic of ‘student experiences’ in higher education at ANU.


Our panel members are drawn from different corners of the ANU community. They all have experience transitioning to remote learning in semester one, and have a wealth of anecdotes, reflections, and questions for us to ponder and deconstruct.

Dr Jason Mazanov (Evaluations, Planning & Performance Measurement)

Dr Cassandra Steer (ANU College of Law)

Mr Utsav Gupta (PARSA)

Mr Skanda Panditharatne (ANUSA)


There will be opportunities for you to share your voice through a Q&A session with the panellists, after all, what’s a Lunch Vox without hearing from everyone? Reserve your seat at the table now.

Join the Conversation

Do you have some ideas to contribute to this topic? Why not add it to the Remote or Isolated padlet, so we can keep the conversation going in the ANU community.

Vox Pop

We encourage the ANU community to participate in the webinar by submitting a short video question on this month's topic (30 seconds max). Mobile phone videos or Zoom recordings are requested.
Vox Poppers are requested to face the camera and introduce themselves before recording a question for the panel. Check this example video for mobile phones + for Zoom recording for tips. Send by 10am Wednesday 23 September to, or via the ANU Cloudstor service or WeTransfer. Submission of content does not guarantee inclusion during the live event. Your question may be added to the monthly Padlet board to continue the conversation.

Event schedule

The event will be held on Zoom and will run for around one hour.

12:15pm - Event Introduction
12:20pm - MC and Panellist introductions
12:25pm - Panellist chats (5 minutes each)
12:45pm - Discussion and open Q+A
1:15pm - Event Ends