Abstract: In the midst of the [Coronavirus Disease 2019] COVID-19 pandemic, teaching staff at universities across the world are being told they must shift courses from face-to-face to online delivery - not next year, not next semester, but next week. Some colleagues have been teaching online for many years, but for many of us it is a daunting change. In this time of physical distancing, the preliminary findings of my [National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education] NCSEHE Equity Fellowship research on supporting the mental wellbeing of mature-aged students in regional and remote Australia may be helpful. Why? The majority (53 per cent) of the students surveyed (n=2,401) and interviewed (n=51) study fully online. Their experience is quickly becoming the 'new normal'; with almost all tertiary study suddenly online, no longer is it a tyranny of distance for the few, on the periphery and out of sight. The survey and interview findings highlight the importance of teaching practices and the learning environment on student wellbeing. What can we learn from these regional and remote students to support students' mental health, wellbeing and success, in the context of learning and teaching online? Excerpt from publication.