Studying online can be exciting with opportunities to learn in new and exciting ways. However, we acknowledge that if it’s a relatively new experience, there are aspects of online learning that you need to learn about and learn how to do. And at Charles Sturt, we are all here to help you to do that!
The Online Learning Toolkit, available on the Study Success Interact2 site, has been designed to assist you with online learning at Charles Sturt.
The University works hard to ensure your online experience is well-designed, positive and supported to enhance your educational experience. Each subject may approach this a little differently, but there are some consistent aspects that the Online Learning Toolkit can help you navigate.
The Interact2 site for each of your subjects will provide specific details of how the subject will be taught. If you have any questions about a subject, please contact your Subject Coordinator as soon as you can.
Setting yourself up for online learning
It’s important to set yourself up for success. Here are some key things you will need to attend to in preparing yourself for online learning:
- Computer or device (PC, laptops, mobile devices)
- Reliable internet connection.
- Dedicated study space
- Organised time to study online
Learning in real time
There will be regular opportunities to engage in synchronous online learning and interaction with lecturers and your peers. The online meeting platform currently used at the university is Zoom. Where online meetings are used in subjects, sessions are recorded, so if you are ever unable to attend a live session, you can generally watch the recorded meeting to review and catch up on material you missed.
Getting Started with Online meetings
Zoom provides options for Charles Sturt staff and students to have access to audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems.
Access and getting started information is located at Zoom Video Conferencing. You will need to download the client before your first meeting or your will be prompted to do so once you click on your first meeting invite.
Online interaction and communication
All subjects will include some forms of asynchronous communication to provide you with information and to facilitate your interaction and communication with the subject and with each other.
The following tools are the most common ones your lecturers may use in the Interact2 site:
- Discussion boards
- Blogs, wikis, journals
In addition to communication in the online Interact2 space, you also have the option to communicate with your lecturers via email or phone consultation. You may find that they have specific consultation times for this form of communication. Check your subject outline and the Interact2 site to see if consultation times are available and if not, contact them to ask about appropriate ways to communicate.
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Connecting with student support
One-on-one appointments with support services are usually available via Zoom, phone or email. You will be given these options when you book an appointment and instructions on how to connect will be provided in your booking confirmation email.
Charles Sturt Library
Charles Sturt Library provides help with using Primo Search to find textbooks and readings, find information for assessments and for developing your research skills. Contact the library via live chat, email, telephone or make an appointment to speak to a librarian.
Study Link is Charles Sturt's uni preparation or enabling program. The suite of subjects offer short, self-paced, non-credit bearing subjects designed to help you start your degree studies with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed. StudyLink subjects are short (14-40 hours) and free for most Australian residents.
Academic skills help
Students at Charles Sturt have access to free study support services. Academic Skills services include self-paced learning, interactive workshops, one-on-one training and online courses. The Academic Skills team can also give you feedback on the writing in your draft assignments.
The Academic Skills team hold online workshops and meet with students who are studying online via Zoom, phone and email. They assist students to approach studying online with confidence, providing practical help with using online study tools, planning your online studies, and more.
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