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 (section) headings may say 'Week 1' or 'Module 1' or be the date of the week. Some topics will use a 'collapsed' format, where you will be able to open or close modules as you wish. Some topics will use a ‘grid’ format where you open each module individually.  Some items may only become visible after you complete others. However, each topic will have commonalities according to University guidelines

Navigation menu (table of contents)

On the left side of the page is the navigation menu (table of contents). You can use this to quickly navigate to specific modules/weeks in a topic. The navigation button is the first button in the menu bar.

Favourite FLO sites

You can create a view of your favourite FLO sites:

  1. Go to the My Topics block on your FLO homepage

  2. Click the three dots under the topic you wish to favourite and select Star this topic.

  3. To view just your starred topics, change the filter to Starred.

FLO remembers the filter you have most recently accessed, so you will see this filter until you change 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 (the estimated minimum time commitment necessary to achieve an average grade). See Assessment Policy and Procedures - Appendix B.

Topics vary in length but the common length is over a semester (13-14 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 can see where the busy times are and plan accordingly. 

Clock block

If a Clock block is showing in your topic it will show the Adelaide local time plus your local time (based on the time on your device). It is your responsibility to make sure activities/assessment items are submitted by the correct date and time. If you are studying fully online and have access/bandwidth difficulties, talk to the topic coordinator about options.

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 some/many resources and activities will have associated tick boxes (a small square box to the right of the activity/resource). There are two types:

a grey square Self-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.

a grey square made of dotted lines Auto-complete (added to activities that must be done). The box will automatically be ticked once you have completed the activity.

  Progress bar

progress bar exampleYour topic site/s may also have a progress bar, a time management tool. The colour-coded block shows you what you have/haven't done on 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.

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.


Go to the Topic links block and click on Grades to check your grades.

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 portfolio' 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 attempt(s), and if you are able to review your quiz attempt(s), you will see a Review link on the screen, to the right of your attempt.

Glossary iconGlossary 

Comments: You can write and view comments (if comments are enabled).

Ratings: You can add ratings to items, view the total rating you received, view all raw ratings given by individuals, view total ratings that anyone received (if ratings are enabled).

Database iconDatabase

Entries: You can write and view entries, and export your own entry.

Comments: You can write and view comments (if comments are enabled). 

Ratings: You can add ratings to items, view the total rating you received, view all raw ratings given by individuals, view total ratings that anyone received (if ratings are enabled). 

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