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8 July 2020

Welcome to T2/S2! Here’s six things you should do before classes begin

We’re excited to welcome you all to Trimester 2/Semester 2 online! We have 52,000 new and continuing students joining us at Deakin this study period and we can’t wait to help you get settled in and make the most of your online studies.

Here’s a handy guide of essential things you should do now to get well-prepared for your off-campus learning. Let’s begin!

1. First of all, there is limited access to campus 

While we continue to deliver classes and seminars online in T2/S2, please remember you should not attend Deakin’s campuses unless you’ve been instructed to do so as part of your learning activities or you need to use the limited study spaces. 

Please refer to Deakin’s official FAQs relating to COVID-19 safety for more information. We’ve also compiled some handy information about your travel options to Deakin so you can plan your trip to campus ahead of time.

2. If you’re a new student, attend your online orientation sessions 

Off-campus learning requires you to effectively communicate with others and complete assessments in digital learning spaces, all with limited face-to-face contact. That’s why we’ve designed a range of interactive online sessions to support your general study skills so you can get the best outcomes in your units. 

We also highly recommend our Student Association’s (DUSA) Social Chats online events for you to meet your peers and make new friends!

Returning students can access recordings of Study Support sessions via the UniStart site from Week 1.

3. Keep checking your Deakin communications

We will be sending you important information for this study period via your digital communication tools, so please check these regularly.

4. Explore options to stay connected with your peers

We encourage you to develop and maintain social connections with other students while we’re learning online – you’ll be studying your units alongside others who share similar interests and it’s a great way to pick up plenty of study hints and tips!

5. Remember there are online ‘dos and don’ts’

Just as you have the right to feel safe while you’re studying at Deakin, in return you’re also expected to abide by our Student Code of Conduct and interact courteously and responsibly with others in our online spaces. 

You must not behave in a way that constitutes student misconduct when you’re online. For example, if you knowingly behave in an aggressive manner online to upset others, Deakin considers this online abuse, and it will not be tolerated.

See our guide to online dos and don’ts to make sure you are contributing to our online learning environment in a way that remains inclusive and enjoyable for all.

6. Set up your study space

Take some time to set up a comfortable and dedicated study space now. This will mean you’re comfortable and ready to study at all times, and will minimise your stress once you have deadlines looming.

Want to know more? See our information about accessing Deakin services and support from home. See you online soon!

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