How online study works

Enjoy Deakin’s supportive online community

Deakin’s interactive learning platform brings the classroom to you using innovative technology, backed by Australia's top-rated tech support.*


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Flexible online learning

Studying online at Deakin means you learn at your own pace, when and where it suits you, without compromising quality or support. Using our innovative digital tools, you can catch up on a recent lecture with an on-demand stream or join an online seminar while you’re waiting for the train to arrive.

Your personal online learning portal

Your personal online learning portal

Deakin uses a personal online learning portal called DeakinSync. It’s an adaptive, all-in-one digital space that makes staying connected on your smartphone, tablet or laptop easy. It’s the place where you collaborate with others to stay connected and in control of your studies.

How does the learning portal work?

    When you're on DeakinSync you can:

  • access your learning materials, reading lists and study guides
  • participate in online classes, seminars and live chats
  • manage your enrolment and fees
  • access your student email
  • get IT and library support
  • access all sorts of study and personal support resources
  • connect with career support.

How will I access course content?

You can participate in live-streaming seminars and class discussions, chat with staff and students, and submit assignments online. Your unit content, learning resources, timetable and portfolio are all available online too.

How will I interact with my lecturers?

All Deakin students and staff use our online learning portal, so you’ll always have access to expert teaching staff who are dedicated to supporting your learning, no matter where you are in the world.

Deakin is a genuinely technologically advanced and contemporary university. Its online learning platform allows you to feel as though you are learning from within a classroom, even though you are sitting at your desk at home.

Benjamin Hall

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws graduate

Supportive online learning community

It’s easy to access student support when you study online with Deakin. Even when you’re studying at night and on weekends, you can connect to IT, library, academic, and health and wellbeing support.

Tailored orientation program

Our five-week orientation program is designed to give you the opportunity to explore your online learning environment. You’ll have access to a series of webinars and presentations, plus a range of useful tips and advice about getting started and prepared for online study and life at Deakin.

Practical support

Connect with Deakin’s best teachers, study mentors, student success coaches and tutors whenever you need to. Work online in real-time with tutors specialising in science, maths and statistics, nursing and health, business and IT. Or you can get help with general writing and study skills.

Enjoy Australia’s top-rated tech support*

Your online learning is supported by Australia's top-rated tech support according to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey.

Try a free online course

Discover everything you need to know about online study at Deakin by studying a free short online course. Our free online courses can be completed in as little as two weeks. It’s a great way to see if online study is for you.

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Help hub

Try Help hub for fast answers to the frequently asked questions future students like you are asking about applications, entry requirements, fees and more.

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*According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey