Succeeding in the new normal

We're here to help you transition to online learning. Find out how to get the most out of your online studies.

As Macquarie University has moved to an online teaching environment from Week 4 of Session 1, 2020, here are some tips and links to help you transit into the online learning space quickly and easily. Download our online learning checklist [PDF 38KB] to help you set up key Macquarie tools, sort your online study strategies with our top 10 tips for online learning success [PDF 44KB] and find assistance if you need it.

The MQ COVID-19 financial assistance loan is available to current students with financial need so they can access technologies required to study online and manage their costs of living.

Online learning tools

Here are nine key online learning tools used at Macquarie:

  • It all starts with iLearn! Links to lecture recordings (via the Echo360 Active Learning Platform) are located in your subject iLearn units.
  • While on-campus classes are suspended, you’ll be participating in tutorials and seminar classes through Zoom video conferencing.
  • Complete your weekly course readings online via Leganto.
  • Do research for your assignments with the Library’s Subject and Research Guides.
  • Find sources and evidence via the Multisearch discovery platform.
  • Leave voice comments in an online forum, or create a digital presentation using Voicethread. You can also upload audio files to iLearn with Echo360.
  • Download software required for discipline-specific assignments from AppStream.
  • Upload your completed assignment through Turnitin.

Collaborating with peers

There are many digital tools you can use for remote group work and collaboration:

In addition, consider using digital tools for study activities. The following topics in StudyWISE include suggestions of tools, apps and resources for:

Not confident with these tools? LinkedIn Learning provides training in software and many other skills. Students at Macquarie can access LinkedIn Learning resources via the Library subscription.

While the Learning Skills Unit doesn’t endorse specific apps, software or hardware products, our aim is to connect you with information that helps you make thoughtful choices.

Video presentation tools

You may have assessment tasks that require you to create a video presentation. Consider the following easy-to-use options:

Alternatively, if you’re looking for paid software that has more advanced features, these might interest you:

Not confident with these tools? LinkedIn Learning provides training in software. Students at Macquarie can access LinkedIn Learning resources via the Library subscription.

While the Learning Skills Unit doesn’t endorse specific apps, software or hardware products, our aim is to connect you with information that helps you make thoughtful choices.

Strategies for studying online

Like studying on campus, studying online takes planning, time management and uninterrupted time for focused, critical thinking. Below are some strategies to help you stay on track with your online study.

Create an effective study space

Create a study space

Having a designated spot to learn off-campus allows you to ‘get in the zone’ more quickly.

  • Choose a place that you’re comfortable in and encourages focus (don’t study in bed!).
  • Organise a small study ‘survival kit’ (pens, notebook, laptop, coffee cup).
Take care of your eyes, neck and back
Stay organised and motivated
Block out time for study
  • Check your study tasks coming up at the start of each week.
  • Prioritise and block out time to complete different activities required.
  • Write out your tasks as SMART goals – This will help you stay focused and achieve more.
Stay motivated
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve – Chunk up your time using the Pomodoro Technique.
  • Use habits (same place, same time, music just for study) to keep yourself going.
  • Reward yourself for tasks achieved.
Engage in active learning

Like face-to-face study, effective online learning requires you to actively engage with ideas, problems, scenarios and other course content. You can find strategies for learning actively in StudyWISE.

Stay connected

Stay connected with your virtual campus by:

  • checking in to iLearn regularly
  • reading announcements to stay up-to-date with class ‘events’
  • contributing to discussion forums
  • following campus social media for current updates.
Communicate clearly and respectfully (netiquette)

Keep in mind that emails and posts on discussion forums and social media are permanent! Keep your tone respectful and follow the rules of netiquette:

  • Be gracious when offering feedback (see our guide to participating in discussions).
  • Focus your comments on your colleagues’ ideas rather than their personal identities. See ‘How do I write objectively?’ in StudyWISE for advice on language choices.
  • Never use offensive or derogatory language.

Putting it to work

  • Regularly reflect on ways you've been using technology in your studies.
  • Update your LinkedIn Profile to showcase the skills you’re developing and the tools you've mastered.
  • Create a portfolio where you can showcase your assessments and classwork to give examples of your skills in action.