What about technology?
This video gives you a tour of how an online course might look in Learning@Griffith.
Below is practical information you need to know as an online student.
You don't need to be a tech guru to succeed
What you need to succeed in online study is a computer and internet connection. Check the minimum IT requirements to check if yours are up to scratch. Depending on your course, you might need to use word processing, spreadsheet, and discussion applications.
You will need to know how to:
- search the internet effectively
- create documents using a program such as Word
- send and receive emails
- use guides to learn to use new technology
- save and retrieve files
Griffith's web site or your course site will give you guides on using any unfamiliar tools in your studies. You can also access free online training in using Microsoft products.
Be prepared to learn new skills, use the help provided and ask your peers for suggestions!
Is your computer up to scratch?
Check the minimum IT requirements for studying online, to make sure that your computer and internet provide what you need. Depending on your course, you might need to use word processing, spreadsheet, and discussion applications.
Office 365 student licence for free!
As a Griffith University student, you have access to Office 365 for free.
This access will be invaluable, as you will definitely be expected to use Word, and you might also need to use other tools such as Excel and PowerPoint.
As a Griffith student, you have access to hardware and software discounts.
While you will need access to a computer for much of your studies, you can also use mobile apps while you are out and about, including:
- Griffith App
- Canvas app (for mobile access to Learning@Griffith)
- Office 365 mobile apps using your Griffith log in
Using specific technology in your courses
Depending on your course, you might need to use quite specific technology such as:
- online proctored exams
- video capture tools
- online collaboration tools.
You will always be provided with a guide on how to use unfamiliar technology, and you will not be required to pay for any of these tools.
Preparation is key
Prepare early and read instructions carefully, and make the most of all opportunities to practise!
If your course includes an online proctored exam, for example, the course site will give you a guide on using the technology, as well as a chance to practise before completing an online proctored exam.
Your IT Service Centre
The IT Service Centre is available via phone, email, webform and chat. Assistance available includes password and account enquiries, Learning@Griffith issues, and access to Office 365 applications.