Learning online: guidelines, tips and support

Self-manage your studySelf-manage your study

Use FLO icons and tools to help you navigate your topic site/s. 

The layout of your FLO topics may vary. The module headings may say 'Week 1' or 'Module 1' or be the date of the week. All modules may be closed with a prompt to open or close all. Some items may only become visible after you complete others. However, each topic will have commonalities according to University guidelinese.g. could be 

Search box You can use the Search function (top of screen) to find activities and resources in your topic homepages.

Table of contents

Table of contents

Topic homepages have a table of contents (TOC) at the top of the screen. You can click on the + sign to open the contents, and see the names for modules/weeks in a topic. You can click on a TOC heading to go to that module, so this TOC acts as a navigation tool.  

TOC progressIf the site has completion boxes set up (see below), you can also see your progress in the TOC. 


Favourites tabYou can create a Favourites tab for quick access to selected FLO sites. To set up the tab:

  1. Click on My topics (toolbar below banner at top of page)
  2. From the topic/site list, select the ones you want to make favourites by clicking on the starfavourites star - unselectedwhich will change toFavourites star - selected
  3. Once you have finished, in your FLO homepage you will now have a Favouries tab with your selections in it

Be guided in your learning approach by the teaching staff. 

Teaching staff may specify a particular approach to your learning that determines your study habits and time management. For example:

  • if the approach is inquiry-based, you may need to do some research and make personal choices in your learning pathway
  • if the topic is focused on work-integrated learning (WIL), you may be required to do a placement while studying, or research/participate outside of University boundaries. 

Manage your workload using FLO tools.

Flinders University uses 'units' to provide guidance to students on their study plans. The standard student workload for a 4.5 unit topic is therefore approximately 9 hours per week (meaning the estimated minimum time commitment necessary to achieve an average grade). For more information please refer to Assessment Policy and Procedures - Appendix B.

Topics vary in length but the common length is over a semester (14 weeks). On average, each week will probably include readings, activities and assessment preparation. 

You are advised to generate a 'master plan' of your deadlines and commitments across all topics so that you are able to see where the busy times will be and plan accordingly. 

Calendar block

calendar block iconCalendar block

Your FLO topic should have a Calendar block. You can export Calendar items to your phone or another calendar

upcoming events block iconUpcoming events block

In FLO, you can change when you are notified about upcoming events through the Upcoming events block:

  1. In the Upcoming events block, click on ‘Go to calendar…’
  2. In the Calendar screen, click on the Preferences button
  3. Check the number next to ‘Upcoming events look-ahead’ – in the pull-down menu, you can change it to what you want 

clock block iconClock block

If a Clock block is in your topic/s, all times stated are Adelaide local time – please refer to a time zone calculator to convert to your local time. It is your responsibility to make sure activities/assessment items are submitted by the correct date and time.

Monitor your activities in FLO.

Depending on the activities available in your topic/s and how they are enabled, you may be able to do some/all of the following. Your teacher may explain the purpose of these features and how you can best use them to progress your studies. 

completion boxCompletion box

Some of your topic sites may use completion boxes, meaning that many resources and activities will have associated tick boxes (a small square box  to the right of the activity/resource). There are two types: 

self-completeSelf-complete (tick them off yourself, if you wish). By ticking the completion boxes next to resources/activities you can check how you are tracking. This is a useful way to 'bookmark your place' for when you return.

Auto-complete tick boxAuto-complete (added to activities that must be done). The box will automatically be ticked once you have completed the activity.

block iconProgress bar

progress bar exampleYour topic site/s may also have a progress bar, set up by the topic coordinator. This is a block that shows in the right-hand side of the site, or if you are on a device will be at the bottom of the screen. 

The progress bar is a time management tool. The colour-coded block shows you what you have/haven't done to complete/view required tasks with an expected due date for completion. It also provides shortcuts to the resources/activities represented by the coloured box. 

The topic coordinator decides on the importance of the task and the expected date of completion, using activity completion to trigger success. 

Attendance iconAttendance

If this activity is set up in the topic, you can view your attendance record (eg at lectures or workshops). If this activity relates to a non-graded pass or other assessment value, you will be able to track how you are going.

    grades iconGrades

    Go to Topic links block (right-hand side of screen or bottom of screen if you are using a device) and click on Grades  to check your grades for assessment items and make sure they add up correctly.

    Forum iconForum 

    Profile > MiscellaneousView forum posts: You can view your forum posts across all topics. This may be useful if you want to check on your participation in a topic/s. It might also help you to see what you want to use across topics for an artefact such as an assessment item, or carry forward for other purposes  (eg an eportfolio). Access your posts from your Profile (Miscellaneous > Forum posts/discussions).

    Export to portfolio: Within a specific forum, you can also export your own post ('Export to porfolio' option when you click on your post), useful if you want to use it in an assessment item or carry it forward for other purposes (eg an eportfolio). Content downloads into individual elements (photos, video, text etc).

    quiz iconQuiz

    You can review your quiz responses after the quiz has closed if the quiz allows it. You might want to do this for revision purposes or self-checking. Click on the quiz link (once it is completed). You will see a summary of your previous activities and if you are able to review your quiz attempt/s, you will see a Review hyperlink in the screen, to the right of your attempt.


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