Skills for online learning

You may be required to study online by distance instead of face to face. Here are some things you may need to consider.

Learning online is great for flexibility. You can study anywhere you want and any time you want. There is the social flexibility to study when and where you want so you can fit in work and catch up with friends. However, online students tell us that there are different challenges with online learning compared to face-to-face classes. You really need to know yourself well to navigate those challenges. This module was created to make you aware of the challenges of taking an online course. You can complete the module at your own pace and you can return to it whenever you want. You can also start at any topic you wish.

Learning online

This video shows you some tips that will help you maximise your online learning experience.

Using Zoom

You may need to join a meeting or tutorial using Zoom. This video shows you how to do that.


Blackboard is the Learning Management System (LMS) used at Victoria University of Wellington. It contains all of the course information you need from readings, lecture notes as well as assignments. This little module will help you get to know Blackboard better.

Blackboard tests

Have a Blackboard test coming up? Check out the What Blackboard tests look like video. If you click the link, it will take you to the video on VStream where you can access the Table of Content for the video so that you can go straight to the question type you need.

Self reflection: are you ready for online learning

The reflection activity below gets you to think about what you need to prepare for to make sure you optimise your online learning experience. At the end, you can export the text and have a document that reminds you of your plan and strategies.