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Getting Started

This book covers:
Preferred browsers, Know browser issues, View current browser, Accessing your learnonline course Course OutlineCourse site navigationCourse site structure, Updating profile, and Messaging

Site: learnonline
Course: learnonline Help (Students)
Book: Getting Started
Printed by: Guest user
Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020, 6:15 PM

Supported Operating Systems

The University offers support to a selection of Operating Systems.  

From time to time the software vendor may cease support for a particular Operating System or Application and that will override any information presented in the table on the supported versions of Microsoft Windows OS, Microsoft Office, and Apple Mac OSX page.

Web Browsers

A web browser is a software application used to access and display information from the World Wide Web. To get the most out of your learnonline course site, it’s important that you have a recent version of one of the popular browsers installed.
No browser is perfect and they are continually being updated and revised by the software suppliers. These changes may affect the way your learnonline course site displays and functions. The table below indicates how key learnonline functions work with each of the popular browsers.. You can use the table to inform your choice of browser depending on how you need to interact with your course website. We will update the table with information about changed browser functionality as it is received.

You can use the linked browser name in the table to download the latest version. Links open in a new window or tab.

View webpages Online text editing View embedded MP4 video Drag and drop files Virtual Classroom
 Firefox (version 24 and above)        
 Internet Explorer (version 10)        
Chrome (version 32 and above)
Safari (version 5 and above)

What next?

Once you have an appropriate browser installed you can continue working through other sections of Getting Started which can be accessed via the table of contents on the right of the page. You'll find information about how to navigate your course site and use other basic functions.




Access learnonline course

Student Portal

  • Select your course name from the student portal to enter your course site

Course outline

Course Outlines are created by your course-coordinator for each course and provide details including: course contacts, assessment expectations, assignment due dates, exam arrangements, etc

Course Outline Location

  1. A soft-copy will be available electronically on your learnonline Course Site. located within the Course Essentials block.

Course site Navigation

Select the navigation links (known as breadcrumbs) at the top of the page to navigate a course site. The navigation links will display as you move through each page or activity. You can move back to any visited page or activity by selecting the corresponding navigation link.

Navigation menu

  1. Course name.
  2. Link to websites for all current enrolments.
  3. Link to resources and activities within the current course website.
  4. Go to the bottom of the page.
  5. Go to Student Learnonline Help.
  6. Messages to be viewed.
  7. Access profile setup.
  8. Trail of pages visited within the site to get to the current page.

Course site Structure

The course site provides access to the resources and activities required for your studies.

Course Page

The course home page consists of

  A) Welcome
 B) Weeks/Topics
  C) Blocks


Course Site welcome

The Welcome may be used to display:

     A.      A welcome or introduction to the course
     B.      Links to resources and/or activities


Weeks and Topics

Weeks/Topics are displayed down the centre of the course site (below the Welcome) and displays:

A. Heading for the week or topic.
B. Links to resources or activities for the week or topic.


Dock and Minimize Blocks

    A) Select the Hide icon on a block to minimize
    B) Select the Dock button to dock the block to the side of the screen

Update Profile

how to edit learnonline profile

  • Locate your log in details in the top right hand corner of the course website
  • Select Edit profile under Preferences.

Some settings are system controlled and others can be changed by the user. An example, Email digest type, is shown below.

change email digest setting

  • Select the desired setting, then scroll to the end of the page and click on Update Profile.
  • Consider updating the description field and uploading an image to share online. To add a new picture, browse and select an image (in JPG or PNG format) then click "Update profile". The image will be cropped to a square and resized to 100x100 pixels.
  • Adding your interest can help you find fellow students who share similar interests. For example if you add 'bush walking' as an interest and update your profile, you will be able to then click on the word 'bush walking' in your profile and see all the other users who have added 'bush walking' as their interest. 


Messaging is a chat tool between all learnonline users. Messages can be sent as an instant chat if the other user is online or as an email if the other user is offline.

Select Participants

  • Select Participants, under the Navigation block

Select a user to message

  • Select a user to message

Select Send message

  • Select Send a message

messaging screen

A) Contact list
B) Add contact
C) Block contact
D) See all messages sent to user
E) Messages
F) Compose a message
G) Send message to user