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29 October 2020

How to study online: dos, don’ts and staying safe

Welcome to Trimester 3! Congratulations for embracing the challenge of online study in this very difficult year. While learning from home may not have been in your plans when you first applied to Deakin, we want you to know that the whole University community is behind you and is here to help you succeed.

We’ve had the chance over T1 and T2 to really think about how to make online study work for you, and we’ve heard from many students about their experiences so far. One important thing we know is that the online study space needs to be a safe, respectful and enjoyable place for everyone.

To help ensure this is the case in T3, we’ve compiled a list of online dos and don’ts. Following these simple guidelines will make it easy to maintain the appropriate level of respect as you study online – towards your fellow students, your teachers and other staff.



There are consequences for poor online behaviour

Any Deakin student who behaves inappropriately in a live teaching and learning space will be cautioned. If the behaviour continues, the student will be asked to leave. Staff will report discriminatory or offensive language, bullying or harassment to the Student Conduct Team, which investigates allegations of poor student behaviour, conduct issues and policy breaches.

If you witness or experience poor online behaviour by a fellow student, or something that makes you feel unsafe, uncomfortable or threatened, you can report it through a simple online form. Student Conduct will respect your privacy, and you can report your concerns anonymously or on behalf of someone else if you wish.

Support is available if you’re struggling

If you start to find online study challenging, or you have personal or emotional issues that are making it hard for you to study effectively, help is available at the touch of a button. You can access everything from IT and study support to health and wellbeing assistance:

Ready to study online? Let’s get started!

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