Welcome to Week 1 of Study Term 3! There’s a first time for everything, and as with anything new, you may be feeling just a tad (or a ton) anxious about studying online. You may be wondering whether you’ve got everything you need to start, let alone succeed. The good news is that you don’t need much – just a few basics to arm you for the journey ahead. Let’s jump in!
Online access to your LMS
To study online, you’ll need… drumroll… access to your online study materials, which are housed in your uni’s Learning Management System (LMS). While this might feel like a salute to Captain Obvious, some students can experience hurdles when setting up their uni accounts for the first time.
As a student of your university, you will have been issued login details directly from them. If you do encounter any issues with your access, you’ll need to get in touch with the university. Since you enrolled through us, we can of course help with access issues relating to your OUA study dashboard.
All the right study materials
Depending on what you’re studying, your study materials might be 100% online, or you’ll need a textbook too. If you’re still unsure about textbook requirements for your subject, refer to the study resources page. Our partnership with The Co-op enables you to get quick delivery of texts to your door, with member discount offers. You can also clarify your study material requirements with your tutor.
Organised email inboxes
Now that you’re enrolled and officially started, you’ll have a personal email address that you used to create your OUA account AND your university provider will have created a university email address for you too. It’s important that you check both email accounts throughout your studies, so you can receive important information from both your uni and us. In an effort to check your emails daily, set your desktop mail client to open on computer start-up, and put aside some time at the start of every day to go through your emails. Be rigid with this – you’ll thank us later when you’re top of the class.
There’s no need to get fancy in order to study online, however, there are essential programs that you’ll need to succeed – a word processor, a spreadsheet program, and a slide presentation program will do the trick. Most people will already be using the Microsoft Office Suite, which contains Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
If you want your documents available to you wherever you go, try using a cloud office application, such as Google Docs. It has the same feel and function as your standard Microsoft Office programs, but your documents are stored online, so you can access them on any device with an internet connection, and collaborate with classmates on assignments with changes auto-saved.
Commonly Blackboard or Canvas are the platforms used to present your course announcements and content, including class notes and resources. You’ll need to download this software to be able to participate in online course activities and join live tutor sessions. Clear instructions for how to successfully complete set-up and get up and running are readily available within your uni LMS.
A darn great study space
You don’t have to delve deep into the principles of Feng Shui to set up a great study space. Have a think about what inspires you, as well as what distracts and discourages you. These things can be quite obvious, like the presence of other people, noise levels and cleanliness, or they may be more subtle, like the quality of light, the temperature, or your view. Do what you must to make your space inviting – you’re going to spend a lot of time in there, so it’s well worth the effort.