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Being a flexible learning student

Advantages to Flexible Study

There can be many benefits to studying flexibly.  Being able to work at your own pace and time alongside other like-minded students can be rewarding, particularly if you are juggling family or other work commitments alongside study.

Challenges to Flexible Study

However, being a flexible student does mean bringing and maintaining a strong personal commitment to your study. You will need to be disciplined and self-motivated in order to succeed as a ‘flexi’ student.  It’s up to you, guided by your lecturer, to independently keep up with the learning materials, readings and online activities as the course progresses through the semester.  Developing a good time-management strategy at the start of the course is essential to ensure you set up good study habits and allocate enough time each week to dedicate to your study.

Contributing to the Online Community

A key aspect to successful learning as a flexible student is being part of a community of learners.  This means you will be expected to engage with your lecturer and other students in your class in a regular and consistent way, often through shared discussion in online forum activities.  Discussing online is a great way to reflect on your learning, share and receive ideas from others, be provoked and stimulated in your thinking, and to collaborate with other students in a supportive and constructive learning environment. 

Short, Regular Visits to your Course Website

If you are new to flexible learning, you may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the activitiy on your online course.  This can occur particularly if you have not visited your course website for a number of days. We recommend that you pop into your site frequently so you can keep track of the activities and discussions that develop over the week. Short regular visits are more effective than longer irregular visits,  to ensure you can actively contribute to the conversation, rather than always trying to catch up with what has been discussed.

Moodle Software

Taking some time to learn how to use the Moodle software will also help you navigate your way around the site easily.  Learn to become familiar with essential Moodle ‘basic’ aspects such as:

  • how to navigate through the Moodle ‘breadcrumb trail’ and Navigation blocks,
  • how to recognise what type of activity or resource each of the different Moodle icons represent on the course homepage,
  • how to edit your personal profile in Moodle,
  • how to search discussion forums for key words,
  • how to set your preferences for forum subscriptions - e.g. if you do elect to have copies of discussion forum posts sent to your email, will you receive the messages as a collection of posts via your email at the end of each day – or would you prefer to have messages come into your inbox within 30 mins of when they are posted in Moodle.
  • how to link to other critical information, support services and communities within the wider Faculty of Education such as the Library, Academic Success Centre (Student Learning Support) and other services/information available to you as a student at the Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland.

Taking the time initially to understand how to use Moodle well, will help you to manage your learning and save you time in the long run.

Further links to explore

Click on the links below to explore further information and support critical to your learning;

Guidelines for interacting in discussion forums
Recommendations for posting a message in a discussion forum
Protocols and Security
Getting Started with Moodle


Last modified: Thursday, 19 December 2013, 2:02 PM