What’s involved when you study online

Both online students and on-campus students use online systems and resources. In fact, the more you use them, the more enriching and interesting your study can be.

Group of students using their laptops in the library

On-campus students

Even though you attend classes on campus, access to your learning materials and collaboration with your fellow students, lecturer and tutors continues beyond the lecture theatre. Your online learning resources are available any time and include rich media such as videos and images, as well as interactive activities that allow you to develop deeper understanding of topics.

Online essentials for on-campus students

You can take your laptop, tablet or mobile to lecture and classes, and take notes directly onto the provided PDFs or slides. Your lecturer may invite you to participate in Hotseat or Twitter discussions to post questions, thoughts or links to relevant websites. You can set up blogs and online groups to help with group assignments, or create ones for your own work.

You’re required to check your Official Communication Channel via OASIS at least weekly. Your lecturer may also post important announcements via Blackboard and may choose to send copies via email as well.

Once you’ve enrolled at Curtin, you need to login to OASIS to access a range of different services. You use OASIS to access your textbooks, plan your timetable, see exam timetables and access Blackboard.

A student using her laptop at a cafe

Online students

You won’t be alone while studying online. You’ll have access to a range of communication tools in your online units and you can connect with other students via email, discussion boards, instant messaging and virtual classrooms.

You can access your learning resources 24/7, enabling your to fit your study around other priorities. Use the Curtin Blackboard mobile app to stay connected to your studies or download podcast versions of recorded lectures and listen to them when it suits you, via your mobile device.

Essentials for online students

Studying online presents different challenges to studying on campus. You have more flexibility with your time, but you need to take responsibility for your own learning and study. This involves creating strategies to keep up with the study materials and readings, communicating regularly with your fellow students and tutor/lecturer, and monitoring your own progress throughout the semester.

We recommend that you set aside between 7-10 hours per week to study your online unit, although your unit may require more time than this. Your lecturer should clarify how much study time each unit requires or this information will be listed in the Unit Outline. This allotted time may include reading set texts and lecture slides, writing notes, reading and posting messages, carrying out tasks and activities, conducting research online or preparing for assessments.