Student news

Date published: 25 November 2016

Orientation Week, O-Week for short, is an idea we've borrowed from our partner universities, with our own digital twist.

As an on-campus student, you'd usually attend O-Week in the lead up to the start of classes. It's a series of activities designed to get you ready for your study adventure ahead. Ours is based on the same principle - it's all about getting you ready to take on your first study term - but it's completely online.

Our webinars are just like face-to-face seminars, except you attend them online (using a desktop, laptop or smart device). They're a really convenient way to access information, meet presenters and connect with other students - in real time, from any place you choose.

All our webinars are recorded so if you can't make it to a live session, you can watch the recording at a time that suits you.

First time? Follow our easy instructions.

If this is your first time participating in an OUA webinar - or any webinar - we recommend following our webinar setup instructions at least one day before the session, as well as entering these sessions 5-15 minutes before they begin so you can make sure you feel prepared.

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O-Week Webinars

TIME: All webinars start at 12:30 pm (AEDT)

DURATION: Approx 30 minutes

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Welcome to OUA O-Week

Monday, 21 November 2016, 12:30 PM

• What is O-Week?

• My Study Centre

• Things to know before you start your studies

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What to expect in the 1st week and beyond

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 12:30 PM

• Your Learning Management System

• Communicating with your tutors and fellow students

• Your OUA Support Services

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Student support services

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 12:30 PM

• Student coaching and counselling

• PREP units and Smarthinking

• Financial assistance

• Strategies for self-care

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Practical study skills

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 12:30 PM

• University level Study Skills

• Start for Success and tutored PREP units

• Being Self-directed

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General Q&A session

Friday, 25 November 2016, 12:30 PM

• Meet your OUA support team

• Have your questions answered live

• Get set for your first study term with OUA

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Getting ready for the webinars

Getting ready for the webinars

If you haven't attended a webinar before, don't worry. We've put together instructions to guide you through the set up process.

If it's your first time (or the first time on your device), please install Blackboard Collaborate Launcher well before the session.

Webinar Instructions
Get Oriented

Get Oriented

We've put together an Orientation Program specifically designed to get you ready for your studies, familiarise yourself with OUA and our services and to let you know what you can expect from online learning.

Log in to My Study Centre to get started with your Orientation Program.

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Student Admin & Support

Student Admin & Support

Juggling study with your other commitments can be hectic, so we've provided some information that will definitely come in handy. Check key enrolment dates, find important exam and results information and access study resources. Need to change your study load or direction, or talk to someone about your studies? We've got that covered too.

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Study Resources

Study Resources

Study resources such as textbooks will help you get prepared and allow you to make the most of your study. OUA also helps support your learning experience with free resources designed to build your academic skills and get you ready for success.

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Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Education is a worthwhile investment, so whatever your study objectives are, we can help you get there. We offer advice on the costs associated with undertaking study, and you may be able to access a variety of financial assistance options.

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Our extensive FAQs are here to answer any questions you might have about studying through OUA. Here you'll find information about fees and payment, academic matters, exams and much more.

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Need further help?

If you are in need of some further help, no worries, call a Student Advisor on 13 OPEN (13 67 36).