The University of Newcastle, Australia

Learning Online

Whether you’re learning online for the first time, or you’re new to online learning, the following tools, tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your course and achieve academic success when studying online with UON.

Online Study


What's involved in online study?

Sustained attention

It’s a common misconception that online study requires less attention. The amount of time and attention you are expected to spend on your learning does not differ to a course that is delivered face-to-face on campus. However, what does differ is when you can spend this time.

Time management

Although learning online requires a significant time commitment, the flexibility of online study allows you to fit it in around your other commitments. Whether it be work or family obligations, being able to access your materials at any point in that particular week ensures you can stay up-to-date.

Communication is key

When you study online with UON you are a part of a community. Your peers and educators are here to help you along the way so make the most of learning online by communicating with your tutors and peers and establish your own network of support. Make sure you’re engaging in discussion by not only responding to your tutor, but also responding to your fellow students. Forming online study groups can help when it comes to crunch time and you’re studying for a final assessment or preparing an essay.They are available via email. Find their contact details by going to UONline and logging in. Access the relevant course site and select ‘Contacts’ from the left-hand side menu.

Ask questions

Never be afraid to ask questions. Whether you need clarification on a key concept or you need to ask a question about an assessment, reach out. Your course coordinator is aiming to support you along the way.

Netiquette
  • Be kind and constructive when replying to your peers.
  • Respect differences of opinion and competing points of view.
  • Report any comments that are offensive.
  • Follow the University of Newcastle Code of Conduct.