How it works

Studying online at Deakin's Cloud Campus puts you firmly in the driver's seat. You choose when and where to study. We don't set the limits, you do. We’re constantly improving our online learning environment to ensure your journey with us is a seamless one. Our goal is to make sure you get the most out of your studies – no matter where you are in the world.

See how the Cloud Campus works

Peek behind the cloud

Get a snapshot of Deakin's Cloud Campus and see how one of our students uses it to fit study into her busy life.

Introducing Deakin’s Cloud Campus

Access the Cloud Campus through your computer, laptop, mobile or tablet. We use cutting-edge technology to bring the classroom, and everything you need for your studies, to you.  

But that’s not all. Online students are also welcome on any physical Deakin campus. You can visit at anytime to utilise facilities such as free wi-fi, printers, libraries and more. Optional weekend classes are also held for several courses once each trimester, giving you the opportunity to chat with your peers and academic staff in person.

Deakin has a fine reputation in the preparation of teachers to work in the areas of disability. I obtained the first job I applied for. My employer was most impressed with my studies at Deakin.

JESSICA MOONEY

MASTER OF EDUCATION (SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS), Cloud student

What can I do at the Cloud Campus?

Visit your online classroom

Watch classes, submit assessments and take part in live discussions, all through DeakinSync.

Attend meetings

Collaborate, share videos and deliver presentations in real time with students and staff.

Access library resources

You'll have full access to library resources and facilities both online and on campus. We'll even post your library books to you.

Study your way

Download classes and presentations to stream whenever it suits you. Use digital bookmarks to keep track of learning materials.

Sit exams

Whether you're located in Victoria, Australia or further abroad, you'll be required to sit exams. You can nominate your exam venue from the list of available locations when you enrol.

The staff are dedicated and responsive to individual needs. Many students in my course are from afar, so being 'local' is not really necessary.

MARGARET ADAMS

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK STUDENT, Cloud student

Your online learning platform

DeakinSync is your personalised study hub. Use it to manage all your course materials and stay up to date with important information. You can also access other online learning tools and resources, as well as connect with your peers and academic staff.

It's not only Cloud Campus students who use DeakinSync. All Deakin students and staff connect and collaborate through this platform. So you’ll always have access to the Deakin community, no matter where you are in the world. 

When you're on DeakinSync you can:

  • participate in classes, tutorials, seminars and live chats
  • use the synced calendar to see when you have seminars, meetings and assessments due, all at a glance
  • manage your enrolment and fees
  • access your student email, current units, reading lists and study guides
  • get IT support and exam tips
  • access all sorts of study and support resources.

Find out more about DeakinSync

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Practical support

There's an abundance of support services and resources available to all Deakin students and the Cloud Campus is no different. When you study online, you are fully supported – however, whenever and wherever you need it.

Tailored orientation

Your tailored orientation program will run for five weeks. It includes a series of online events, web chats, workshops and competitions, including a Faculty Welcome webchat with Jane den Hollander, Deakin's Vice-Chancellor. 

The program is designed to give you the opportunity to explore your online learning environment and find out what's available to you as a Cloud Campus student. If you live near a physical campus, we also encourage you to visit and get involved in the broad range of events and activities happening on campus during O-Week.

Senior student advisors

In addition to your orientation program online, you'll be contacted by a senior student advisor early in the trimester. They'll also touch base with you just prior to exams for any preparation tips or support you may need.

Student success coaches

Our experienced student success coaches are available to commencing Cloud Campus students. A great source of ongoing support, they connect with you regularly via email and Skype to ensure your personal and professional development. All Cloud Campus students are also able to access the support of a peer mentor.

Get a head start with UniStart

A self-serve resource hub, UniStart provides a comprehensive introduction to all of Deakin's online tools and connects you with other students and support services. A number of free workshops are available, suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate coursework. All Deakin students are automatically enrolled in UniStart for the duration of their study.

Ask IBM Watson a question

A groundbreaking cognitive computing program that learns with you, Watson is your digital study assistant – 24/7, 365 days a year. Ask a question and receive an immediate response, any time of the day (or night). The more questions you ask, the smarter Watson gets.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

PASS provides additional support via a series of group study sessions led by students who have successfully completed the unit. Available across many units throughout trimesters 1 and 2, PASS enables you to collaborate online with other students studying common units.

Study mentors

Our maths, writing and faculty mentors are all available during teaching periods via numerous channels, including Skype, Facebook, phone and email. On-campus mentoring sessions are also available.

Personal support

Sometimes you need support outside the classroom. Personal support and guidance is readily available across the University, including legal advice, financial support, disability support, and mental and physical health services.

Find out more about our support services