Studying and communicating online

Whether you’re a fully online student or you attend classes on campus, you’ll do plenty of your studying and communicating online.

What’s involved when you study online

Both online and on-campus students will need access to a laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone to complete their studies. Students use the student web portal OASIS to access different services including Blackboard, the Online Communication Channel, student email, and to access textbooks, plan timetables, and view exam timetables. Students can take their laptop, tablet or mobile phone to lectures and classes to take notes.

Communicating online

There are plenty of ways you can communicate with your tutors, lecturers and fellow students, which will make online studying a rich and interactive experience.

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Tips for Staying Safe Online

Your information is valuable to cybercriminals, especially things like your credit card, your social media page, and your online account details and passwords. Defend your data against cybercriminals and make yourself less of a target by only clicking on links and files that are expected, and only from people you trust; setting your software to auto-update. Installing updates, and restart if needed; creating passwords that are unique and hard to guess. Using two-step verification where it’s available; being careful what you share, and securing sensitive data. If you don’t need it, delete it.

Refer to the ICT Appropriate Use Guidelines [.pdf 800KB]  for a quick overview of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to using Curtin’s ICT assets.

Curtin’s IT policies exist to keep you safe

Our information security processes and systems are designed to keep you safe  while online and on campus, so take the time to read our key IT policies including: The Information Security & Information & Communication Technology Appropriate Use Policy and the Information and Communications Technology Appropriate Use Procedures.

If you notice any suspicious activity relating to your Curtin login details or any Curtin systems, contact Curtin IT services immediately on (08) 9266 9000.

Contact your tutors and lecturers

Need to contact your tutor or lecturer? Use the contact details listed within your unit in Blackboard. Tutors and lecturers usually get back to you within 48 hours during semester.

If your tutor or lecturer doesn’t respond and your query is urgent, you can contact the unit coordinator. Their details will be in your unit outline, or if you know their name you can search the Curtin staff directory.