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SLIDE: Student Learning in a Digital Environment: Being a digital learner

Being a Digital Learner

As a digital learner, you are expected to work through the lecture notes, week by week, and to seek help when you need something explained. A great place to start is with your fellow students and seek further information from your tutor, lecturer or unit co-ordinator.

In order to do this successfully, you will need to engage with the digital learning environment.

Benefits of this environment include:

  • 24/7 access to learning resources
  • The choice as to where, when and how you can study
  • Different study modes such as distance education and flexible modes
  • Easier communication with both your peers and academic staff members
  • Feedback and assessment submission from off campus
  • Development of digital literacy skills that make you world ready

There are many challenges to studying at university. Whilst you have the flexibility to pursue your study anytime anywhere, you need to be responsible for your own learning and study. This involves:

  • setting out strategies that work for you in terms of keeping up with the study materials and readings 
  • communicating regularly with both your fellow students and instructors
  • monitoring your own progress throughout the semester

Set aside time to read recommended readings, write notes, read and post messages, carry out tasks, conduct research, and prepare for assessments.

You should plan your semester schedule in the first week, and stick to it!

  • Use the Schedule in the unit plan in each unit
  • Plan when your assignments are due
  • Identify peak study times
  • Put a plan in place as to when and how much study you will do each week for each of your units.
  • Set yourself a schedule: include classes, check the LMS, lecture and assignment preparation, and assessment due dates
  • Access reliable technology (computers, laptops, USBs, Wi-Fi and more)
  • Setup a study space or find out the study spaces available to you on campus e.g. campus libraries and eLabs
  • Become familiar with the LMS (Blackboard or Canvas)
  • Read your unit plans and other information about your units so you know what to expect during semester
  • Check your student email regularly
  • Bookmark the library homepage
  • Never be afraid to ask for help

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To study effectively, it takes responsibility, commitment, good time management and good routines. Look at your semester schedule, plan when assignments are due and identify peak study times.