FLO interface - main entry

Flinders Learning Online (FLO), Flinders University's web-based learning and teaching platform, facilitates the creation of online educational environments by non-technical users. FLO can be used to create entire online topics and courses, or to provide interactive tools that supplement or complement existing topics and courses. All topics at Flinders have a FLO site (part of WebPET – Web Presence in Every Topic). FLO is a 'suite' of technologies. The core of FLO is Moodle, but it also includes related educational technologies.

1. Layout  |  2. Customisation  |  3. Topics  |  4. Logout   ||  Support 

Anyone with a Flinders FAN can log into FLO. Each topic has a FLO site automatically created. Staff may request other sites (eg for courses, collaborative projects, committees) by contacting the eLearning support team in their college.

A link to the FLO login page is provided in the Quick links menu in the top banner of the University website or via OKTA. Otherwise, type https://flo.flinders.edu.au/ into your browser address bar; this link will redirect you to OKTA to sign in. Once signed in you will be redirected to FLO. 

When you first log into FLO, you will see the My FLO homepage. The My FLO page lists every topic you have a role in. Your topics are arranged into the tabs Favourites, Year and Additional.

my flo



1. Layout

The standard layout of FLO consists of blocks right of the screen, with content on the left. A block is a widget that can provide a link to a feature, or can aggregate content from different areas of the site. Blocks available from the My FLO page include the Navigation tab (at the top), with blocks that can link you to other University systems, email, calendar, and messaging on the right. 

flo layout


2. Customisation

My FLO page customisations

Click the Customise this page iconat the top of you page.   

This allows you to:

  • change the colour of your FLO page flo colours
  • move your topics and/or blocks around using the move icon
  • hide/show your topics using the eye icon
  • add a 'Topic search' box (separate entry)

When you have finished customising, clickstop customising page

Profile customisations (includes photo)

Every user in FLO has a profile page that is displayed to other users. Your profile is information about yourself. You can update it as often as you like.

To edit your profile click the picture next to your name and select Profile from the drop-down list, then the Edit profile link in the user details box.

edit profile

You can edit your location, time zone and Description. You name and email address will be automatically added.

profile description fields

You can also add a picture of yourself or something you want to be identified by. You can do this by clicking the add button add button or drag and dropping a picture into the box. You can also provide a description for the picture. Adding a picture gives you a 'social presence' in FLO and will show in some FLO activities (eg discussion forum posts) and the Contacts block.

add picture

Click Update profile update profile to save your changes.
Preferences

Preferences, available through the profile menu, allow you to control settings that primarily control how you receive information from FLO. The following settings are available:

Setting
What it does
Edit profile
Preferred language
  • The default language is set to English.
Forum preferences
  • How often you are notified about new posts
  • How you subscribe to forums.
  • Have new posts marked
Editor preferences
  • Choose which text editor to use. Note that access to the video platform is only available through the Default/Atto editors.
Topic preferences
  • Turns on a comprehensive activity chooser. If disabled separate choosers for activities and resources are provided instead.
Calendar preferences
  • Choose between a 12 & 24 hour calendar
  • Choose the first day of the week
  • The number of upcoming events that are displayed
Message preferences
  • Control how you are notified about new messages
  • Prevent non-contacts from messaging you.
Notification preferences
  • Control where and how you receive notifications for every activity in FLO
You can return to the My FLO page by clicking the link in the  topic breadcrumbs at the top of the screen. 

breadcrumbs




3. Topics

FLO topics consist of resources (eg lecture notes, files, URLs, and video files) and activities (eg assignment dropboxes, quizzes, discussion forums).

Orientation to FLO and quick editing tips:


Find your way around (FLO features)

Tools for managing learning (such as the Gradebook) can be used to record and monitor student progress In the Flinders My Topics area – this is a listing of all the topics you have access to sorted into year order. Enter your topic by clicking on the topic name in your My FLO list. 

my topics

The standard layout for each topic consists of content (modules/weeks) in the centre and blocks on the right.  

The top module can be used for resources that are needed throughout semester and do not sit specifically into a weekly module.  Note: If you are using a Collapsed topic format, the user cannot collapse the top module, and so consideration should be given to the amount of resources in the top module to avoid a long scrolling experience. 

topic layout


Edit content in a topic
The editing aspects of the topic are located at the top of the screen. The Administration and Navigation tabs appear at the top of your screen in every topic, along with the Turn editing on button. To edit or add content to your topic, select the Turn editing on button.  


Edit week/modules and activities/resources

With editing on, next to each activity you will see an Actions drop-down menu. This menu will allow you to move, hide, duplicate or delete the activity. 

edit a module  

A week/module or activity/resource can be quickly renamed using the pencil icon, and moved easily using the move iconmove icon.
move and pencil icon

Note: If you using a weekly format and change the default module titles by renaming them,  remember to check that date specific resources like lecture recordings appear in the correct location before teaching begins.


Add a block

There are various blocks you can add to a topic. See the list in Add a block located at the bottom of the page:
add a block    

When you have finished editing, ensure that you Turn editing off.


Add/delete a module

You can add custom modules to a FLO topic, but use caution. If you are using a Weekly topic format, adding a module before Week 1 (e.g. Orientation) may mean you need to manually rearrange date-specific resources like lecture recordings that are imported into your topic before teaching starts. 

  1. Scroll to the end of the FLO topic homepage, and select either the add or delete option.add or delete a module
  2. If adding, change the module name using the pen icon, and move to the position you want it (eg below Module 0) using the icon at left of the module name
    move module

Create favourite topics for quick access (My FLO)

To access frequently used topics, you can add them to your Favourites tab, which makes them easy and quick to get to each time you log into FLO.  

First, click on the My Topics list at the top of the page:
my topics in flo

  1. Scroll down and find the topic you would like to favourite
  2. click on the Favourites icon favourties icon

  3. scroll up to the top of the page and click Close

Your topic will now appear in your Favourites tab on the My FLO page.

favourites tab



4. Logout

Once you have finished in FLO remember to log out.

  1. Click down arrow next to your picture
  2. Scroll down and click the Log out icon
log out menu
FLO's browser compatability

FLO is compatible with any standards compliant web browser. We regularly test FLO with the following most up-to-date browsers:
Desktop:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
Mobile:
  • Safari
  • Chrome
For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date.


  Training and support

  Troubleshooting

Training

Contact your eLearning support team for any training required

Support

For further assistance please contact your local eLearning support team

You may have one of the following issues:

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