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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: Friday, 22 June 2018, 8:52 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 have listed them in order of recommendation and 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 11)        
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 Home Page

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

Login to Learnonline (UniSA Online students only)

Login for UniSA Online Students

Login to Learnonline

Login to LearnOnline

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

A soft-copy will be available electronically on your learnonline Course Site.

Course outline location for students

  1. Select Course Outline from 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. My Enrolments allows you to select to navigate to other course sites in which you are enrolled.
  3. This Course allows you to select to navigate to specific resources or activities within the current course site.
  4. Go to the bottom of the page.
  5. Go to learnonline help.
  6. Message notification and number of messages unread
  7. Select to edit your Profile settings.
  8. Navigation links showing the pages or activities in the sequence that you have viewed them.

Course site Structure

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

Course site structure

The course home page consists of

  1. A welcome giving an outline of the course and any important information. This may incorporate a video or links to other resources.
  2. The section content will contain textual information and may include links to files, video, graphics, activities / assessments. 
  3. Blocks which allow the display of lists of items or other information related to the course.  
    • These can be hidden or docked to give more room on the page.  
    • If using mobile technology or have a minimised display, the blocks display at the bottom of the website contents.

Block icons

  1. Select to hide the block so that only the heading is visible.
  2. Select to move the block to the side margin.  


Layout of courses may vary between tab and grid, but the basic elements remain the same.

Tab Format

Tab format course website

  1. Available tabs
  2. Content related to the current week, topic or other information.  

Grid Format

Grid format course website

  1. Section Headings
  2. Navigation to previous / next section
  3. Content related to the current week, topic or other information

Setting access

Your profile and other settings can be easily updated to provide a degree of personalisation to your UniSA site access and messaging.

Select the arrow next to your name on at the top right of the page.

Change profile preferences

  1. Select the arrow next to your name at the top right of the screen. From here, 
    • Change profile Preferences
    • View all important dates through the Calendar.  This may relate to assessment due dates or other events.
    • Access your Messages area to view or send messages.
    • View or create new Forum posts you have created within different courses.
    • View forum Discussions you have started.
    • View all grades you have attained via My Grades
    • View Course grades for the course you are currently accessing.
    • Logout of UniSA.

Update Profile

Select Edit Profile

  1. Select Edit profile.

Some settings are system controlled and others can be changed by the user. 

change email digest setting

  1. Select the desired setting for who can see your email address.
  2. Enter the name of the suburb in which you live.
  3. Enter the country in which you live.  This defaults to the country in your address.

Email view options

  1. The default option for the email display is to 'Allow other course members to see the my email address".  You can choose to hide your email from anyone or to make it visible to everyone.

Profile Description

  1. You can choose to add a description of yourself to your profile.  For example, sharing the course you are studying.

Profile picture

  1. Your current profile picture will be displayed.
  2. Upload an image file to be used as your profile picture.  

Additional Names

  1. Enter your first name as it sounds / phonetically.
  2. Enter your surname as it sounds / phonetically.  
  3. Enter your middle name.
  4. Enter an alternate name / the name you prefer to be called.

Profile Interests and Optional information

  1. Enter one or more interests.  These will act as "tags" for keyword searches.
  2. Enter other contact information such as a website name, ICQ number, Skype identifier or alternative email address.  

Select Save at the bottom of the web page to save any changes made to your profile details.


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