Top tips for enhancing your learning in a virtual environment
Succeeding in an online learning environment is all about preparation. The JCU Learning Centre encourages students to be proactive in the online learning space and has compiled a series of tips to enhance the experience. You can also stay connected with more online learning strategies on the JCU Learning Centre FB page and JCU Learning Centre Twitter page.
Stay connected with peers using virtual communication and collaboration tools available to you free through your JCU account:
Use Office 365 to work fully online from anywhere.
Use Zoom to meet with other students and complete group work.
For group assignments share documents on OneDrive to work collaboratively on documents with others.
Stay connected with lecturing staff and email others regularly. Make sure you follow the email template for all communication.
Ask questions when participating in virtual classrooms. Seek support from your subject coordinator if you are having difficulty using technology or interacting with others. Use the chat and ‘raise your hand’ function in Blackboard Collaborate. Use the online help guides.
If you need to learn how to use new software you can use LinkedIn Learning, an online education platform offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. This service is free to all JCU students.
Ask your peers for support and help them when they need it too.
Create a quiet and comfortable study space with good lighting, turn off your phone and limit distractions.