Learning online

Here you will find all you need to know about how to learn online at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame is committed to ensuring you can continue your studies and remain connected while you are off-Campus through streaming of lectures, virtual interactive tutorials, sharing and collaboration, and more.

Remember, if you get stuck, get in touch and we will work with you to make sure your learning experience is as rewarding as ever.


  • Where do I access online academic support?

    1-to-1 Online Support

    The Notre Dame Study Centre offers 1-to-1 Online Academic Support available through Zoom appointments or email correspondence. Help is available for academic writing, referencing, study skills, foundational maths, chemistry and health science support, time management, and exam preparation. Students can email fremantle.ndsc@nd.edu.au and include “Learning Advisor” in the subject line, and write a brief description of what they need help with. This service is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 10.00am – 2.00pm during the Semester, but they can email ahead to book a time. 1-to-1 Online Support is advertised to students via email distribution to academics with a request for an announcement to go up on all Fremantle based Black Board units. This service replaces the Drop in Centre Service, formerly available at Saint Theresa Library.

    PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support)

    PASS is continuing as Zoom sessions.  Details for students, including Zoom link, can be found in Bb announcements in the Courses in which PASS is offered.  The PASS pilot has been successful in increasing student engagement as evidenced by increasing student numbers to sessions each week. We have had a number of requests from students and staff to have PASS run in other courses. The move to online Zoom has worked very well.

    PELA Workshops

    PELA Workshops are continuing as Collaborate and Zoom sessions in first year communications units, and support at risk students as identified by course coordinators and tutors. The School of Nursing PELA workshops have started, and uptake has been positive. The School of Business will start from next week, with the Schools of Health Science, Education, and Medicine to follow. Students from the School of Arts and Science have been referred to the 1-to-1 online support services. All PELA workshops recommend at risk students to utilise the 1-to-1 online support services. We are working on embedding language and academic literacy support content within first year communications units.

    Learning Skills

    Academic Integrity, academic writing, Learning Strategies, and Study Skills guides are available on the University Library website.


  • What is Blackboard?

    The University uses the Blackboard learning management system where you can access your course materials including pre-recorded or streamed lectures, as well as self-led or interactive tutorials and links to course readings.

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  • Can I attend campus?

    If you are well and have not had direct close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 you may attend campus. St Benedict’s Library on the Broadway Campus and St Teresa’s Library in Fremantle are open as one-stop-shops for students who may need to attend campus to use the computers, internet, study spaces and other facilities.

    Students or staff must not attend the University if they have:

    • symptoms of respiratory illness such as a fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat or headache
    • been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the last 14 days (they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case)
    • arrived in Australia from any overseas destination (they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of arrival in Australia)

    Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors.

  • How do I access online learning?

    The University is committed to the provision of technology-enhanced learning for all students through a range of online tools that allow students to learn digitally when they are unable to come to Campus:

    • Blackboard – our learning management system.
      • Turnitin – you can submit text-based assessments through Blackboard using Turnitin.
      • Collaborate Ultra – access pre-recorded or streamed lectures and self-led or interactive tutorials.
    • Zoom – collaborate with your classmates or academic staff.
    • Office365 – Access email, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and online storage (OneDrive).

    Please note, while learning off-Campus the University's standards, policies and procedures still apply.