Future Students

Student support and studying online

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Whether you are an on or off-campus student, online learning puts you in control of your university study. It gives you the flexibility to study from home or work and at the time of day that suits you. You can access your online course units 24 hours a day and as often as you like. This gives you the freedom to tailor your course to suit your lifestyle and work commitments. It also enables you to study a Deakin course from any location across the globe. You can access unit material, participate in online discussions and submit your assessments electronically - the flexibility is yours.

Study at Deakin and take advantage of the facilities listed below:

Download a lecture

Our flexible approach to learning means Deakin makes use of technology in the way we deliver our courses. Deakin University's lecture streaming service gives you online access to recorded lectures for many units. In addition to video and audio streaming, academic staff can provide their lectures as podcasts and downloadable MP3s. Recordings are available in a combination of video and audio formats to suit different network speeds. Check out an iLecture to experience what it's like to be a Deakin student online.

Search the Deakin library online

If you are enrolled as a Deakin student and are studying online, you can access the full range of services from our Deakin libraries. You can:

  • search Deakin libraries online for books, journals, DVDs, newspapers and unit material
  • request delivery of books to your home or work, and electronic delivery of articles. A library-paid return postage bag is included
  • request that a search for information on a topic be conducted on your behalf to locate material that can be delivered to you.

A newsletter with the latest information on new databases and other online resources is now available. Check out our resources update with tips and hints on searching databases, catalogues, and other helpful information.

Access the software you need

When studying online, it's important to have the right software on your home computer or laptop to support the many functions of the Deakin Study Online (DSO) program. Deakin students can download browser and internet software, Microsoft Office, compression software and handy applications like antivirus software and typing tutor. Our Deakin Software Library has everything you need to get started.

Participate in online workshops

To help you with the transition into university, Deakin hosts a series of study support workshops providing you with the opportunity to enhance your academic skills and tackle common study topics for all students in all courses.

For all postgraduate students, Deakin offers a range of interactive workshops which are accessed online via eLive.

Language and Learning eLive workshops include:

  • referencing, using online materials and avoiding plagiarism
  • improving your academic writing
  • preparing for exams.
Make the most of Deakin support services

Deakin University offers a range of student services to enhance your learning experience. You can:

  • purchase course material and stationery online through our Campus bookshops and have them delivered to your door
  • access career and employment advice about resume preparation and interview techniques
  • visit Deakin's Jobshop, listing casual, part-time and full-time employment opportunities
  • use Deakin's virtual orientation site.
Using Deakin Studies Online

Deakin Studies Online (DSO) is Deakin University's online teaching and learning environment that aims to assist the delivery of course material. DSO incorporates a suite of integrated teaching and learning technologies including:

  • Desire2Learn - the primary application used at Deakin to deliver web-based course material and assessment tasks, and facilitate communication and collaboration between staff and students.
  • eLive - a communications tool that allows participants to talk online in real time, chat via text online, share video, presentations and applications
  • iLecture - an automated media capture system that can provide online access to video, audio and lecture recordings via streamed Quicktime files, podcasts and MP3 downloads
  • Turnitin - software that supports the detection of plagiarism by allowing you and/or your teachers to identify unoriginal material in your work by comparing it to a database of print and online materials.

Please note: Not all units will make use of all technologies.

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