Learning online: guidelines, tips and support

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Connect with your peers and teaching staff in FLO

Your topic will have an online site in the University's learning platform (in this case, FLO or Flinders Learning Online). Being an active participant in FLO will support your learning – from other students and from the teacher (social learning). 

Create your online profile

Profile and user photoIt is recommended that you complete your personal profile – at least, to add a picture – so that your classmates know who they are studying with. 

It also makes it easier for you to differentiate between postings in a forum and will add a more 'human' feel to topic activities. If you do not wish to use a real photo of yourself, you can use an avatar (representative picture). Check with teaching staff to if you are unsure what to do. Your photo/avatar and profile will only be seen by students enrolled in the topic/s. You only need to do this once, as it will carry across to any other topics you enrol into.  

For a video on how to set your profile and personalise other aspects of FLO, see FLO Help for students > Personalising your FLO.

Keep up to date: check email and discussion forums regularly

Announcements from teaching staff and postings to forums will come through to your university email account. In the topic site, new postings and announcements are also indicated in the Announcements block. You can control how you receive notifications (for instance, you can choose an email digest) by visiting 'My profile settings' in the Administration block (toolbar at top of the screen). Announcements by teaching staff will come through separately (ie not in a digest).

If you find it time consuming to access more than one email account, you can forward your Flinders emails to a personal email account.

Know where to find key information

Topic links blockEvery topic will have a Topic links block. Key information in your topic/s might include Topic links (block), Topic information, Statement of Assessment Methods (SAM), Study guide, Readings and Library Resources.

The Topic links block will drop to the bottom of the screen if you are using a mobile phone.

Access and watch videos

lecture recording iconAt Flinders University, videos of lectures are available for viewing in FLO post-lecture, at your convenience. A teacher may also make other videos related to your studies or provide links to videos on the internet. Let teaching staff know if you can't access internet resources and they will provide an alternative.

FLO help for students (FLO site)

Take notes whilst watching a video to support your learning.

You can make notes at any time (for example, whilst watching a video). You could do this in hard copy format or electronic format, whatever method suits you. Electronic formats include word processing software and online tools (eg Google Docs, Microsoft One Note). Choose the method that suits you best depending on convenience, your access/bandwidth, your device (mobile or computer), what you want to include in your notetaking (eg hyperlinks), and how you want to use your notes (eg in assessment). 

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