How online study works

Do you need choice and flexibility in your studies? Study online study at Deakin and join our highly engaged, connected and motivated community of online students.

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How does it work?

We bring the classroom to you using advanced technology. Studying online gives you access to classes, seminars and resources, allows you to participate in live-streaming seminars and class discussions, chat with staff and students and to submit assignments online. When, where and how you study is up to you.

Get support in just a few clicks

Mastering your online studies requires ambition, independence and organisation. That’s why Deakin offers personalised support with:

  • orientation and preparation resources
  • academic and personal support when you need it
  • easy-to-use online learning tools and resources, including downloadable recordings to watch or listen at your convenience
  • 24/7 library access – browse digital resources at any time or have physical copies delivered to your door for free
  • IT assistance with Australia's top-rated tech support* (even outside regular hours).

Create a flexible study experience

Studying online gives you the freedom to study what you want, when you want, where you want. You can read a few chapters ahead when you’re feeling extra motivated, 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. The experience is all about having as much flexibility as possible, so you can achieve your study goals on your terms.

Join your online classroom

Participate in live online classes and seminars, submit assessments and take part in online discussions as they happen. Get even more from your education with online activities, webinars, expert panels and more.

Connect with your teachers and peers

You'll always feel part of a supportive and encouraging learning community when you study online. Collaborate and communicate with your peers, share documents and videos, and deliver presentations in real time. Participate in online discussions, debate topics and concepts, ask and answer questions and contact your teachers directly. Connect with your fellow students for study, support and socialising.

Sit exams at a venue close to you

Deakin has more than 100 exam locations around Australia and the world, giving you the ultimate flexibility to complete your studies wherever you’re located. You will be allocated an exam location closest to you, but can change to a more convenient venue from our list of 100. This gives you the ultimate flexibility to complete your studies wherever you’re located.

Personalised online learning portal

DeakinSync makes your transition to online study a smooth one. It’s your campus, online, where you’ll find everything you need to manage your enrolment and get prepared, communicate with your fellow students, your teachers and support staff, as well as plan your career and stay up to date with important information relevant to you and your learning.

All Deakin students and staff connect and collaborate through DeakinSync, 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:

  • 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.

Join a free online course and explore the online study experience

Discover everything you need to know about online study at Deakin in this short online course and get all your questions answered.

Register and join here

Practical support

When you study online, you are fully supported – however, whenever and wherever you need it.


Your tailored orientation program will run for five weeks. It includes important emails and notifications, access to online orientation resources and short courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies, a series of webinars and presentations and a range of useful tips and advice about getting started and prepared for online study and life at Deakin.

The program is designed to give you the opportunity to explore your online learning environment and find out what's available to you as an online student. If you live near a physical campus, you are welcome to get involved in the broad range of events and activities happening on campus during OWeek.

Student success coaches

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

24/7 online tutoring and writing feedback

You can 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.

Study mentors

Our maths, writing and faculty mentors are all available during teaching periods via numerous channels, including Skype, Facebook, phone and email.

Personal support

Personal support and guidance is readily available for online students. This includes legal advice, financial support, disability support, mental and physical health services, online chat, email and extended hours of IT support.

Find out more about our support services

Studying online at Deakin

What's it like to study online at Deakin?

Discover how Deakin's premium online systems allow you to have a world-class education and achieve your career goals on your terms.

How will I access course content?

Find out how you’ll access your high quality course content when you study online with Deakin. Deakinsync, your personal online learning portal, and your unit sites contain audio-visual class materials, lectures, discussion boards and more.

How will I access support services?

Discover just how easy it is 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.

How will I interact with my lecturers?

You'll have direct access to world-class teaching staff when you study online with Deakin. Through a range of methods, you’ll connect with experts dedicated to supporting your learning.


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