New to online study? This online study primer will set you on the right track
Online study may seem daunting. Even though you’ve studied before, it can take some time to learn the ins and outs, but we’re here to support you along the way. Here are some tips on where to begin – a study primer that will set you on the right track, and provide insight into what online study is really all about.
Learn the lingo
Language is fundamental to the human experience and the way we make sense of the world. The same is true when it comes to online study. If you can talk the talk, everything will begin to fall into place.
We’ve written an online study glossary to get you started, which will help you understand the terminology unique the QUT Online experience.
Take the time to schedule your study
When your course start date is fast approaching – especially if it’s your first experience of online study – one of the best things you can do is create a study schedule. Studying at a postgraduate level, it’s likely you’ll be working and studying at the same time, and that’s not to mention your personal commitments. Time management becomes a vital consideration, but not to worry, as you’d be surprised how much difference a consistent study schedule can help to keep you stay on track.
Know your support options
When you study with QUT Online, you have access to first-class support options, and support is only ever a phone call away. Support is something we take seriously because we understand how important it is to feel connected to your studies, particularly as an online student.
Between your unit-specific Online Learning Advisers who can provide study support for your unit, and a dedicated team of Student Advisers who can address any broader concerns you may have about your course, you’ll be able to access the help you need, when you need it.
Take the time to familiarise yourself with the student portal
The QUT Online student portal is a one-stop shop for course information. Finalise your enrolment here and explore the nitty-gritty of university policies, the various support services available, and information about the textbooks and learning materials you’ll need for the upcoming teaching period.
And don’t forget Canvas, your online classroom
After all, the medium is the message. Canvas is your virtual classroom, and where you’ll spend the bulk of your study time, accessing learning materials. It’s also worth completing the two orientation units: ‘Getting Started with Online Study’ and ‘Tech Skills to Get Started’.
Stay in touch through QUT Online social media
At QUT Online we value stories, because after all it is stories that help bring people together in communities. It’s in this spirit that we seek to be as open as possible, and would love hear about your student experience. You can connect with us and share your QUT Online story on social media: through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and LinkedIn.