Students

A reference guide for Students using Connect at TAFE Queensland.

Interact with your educator and other students

To interact with your educator and other students in a unit:

Note: not all of these methods may be set up in your Connect units. Contact your educator for information on which tools you’ll be using to communicate, collaborate and more.

Find and contact other students in your unit

Use the Classlist to view who is enrolled in your unit, send emails (to educators) or instant messages (to other students), and view shared locker files.

  1. On the navbar, click Classlist (under Other Tools).
  2. On the All tab, select the check boxes beside the users you want to contact.
  3. Click Instant Message or Email.
  4. Enter your message. To add an attachment to your email, click Browse.
  5. Click Send.

Join chat rooms with other students

The Chat tool is a real-time, text-based collaboration tool. You can use the Chat tool to brainstorm ideas, hold a question and answer period, have a debate or discussion, or organize a remote study group. As opposed to other collaboration tools, such as Discussions, Chat conversations occur in real-time.

Join a chat

Once your educator has created a chatroom, you can join to talk with peers or other friends at your organisation.

Your educator can create either a General chat, which all unit participants can join, or a Personal chat, where the membership of the chat is controlled. Personal chat rooms can only be accessed by users who have been added to the personal chat’s Participant List. When users are added, the chat room displays under Personal Chats in their list of chats.

You can access chat from the Content tool. If chatrooms have been configured in your unit, they’ll be available in the sequence of your learning materials.

Participate in discussions with other students

The Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read and reply to threads on different topics, share thoughts about unit materials, ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and homework.

Create a discussion thread

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. Click the topic where you want to create a thread.
  3. Click Start a New Thread.
  4. Enter a subject.
  5. Enter your post.
  6. Set any of the following posting options:
    • To post anonymously, select Post as Anonymous (this depends on how your educators have set up the discussion topic).
    • To receive updates on the thread using your selected notification method, select Subscribe to this thread.
    • To attach a file, in the Attachments area, click Browse to locate the file that you want to attach.
    • To attach an audio recording, in the Attachments area, click Record Audio > Record. To make adjustments to your microphone selection and volume, click Flash Settings. To listen to your recording, click Play. To erase your recording, click Clear. If you have prerecorded audio and are using a supported browser, you can drag audio files onto the attachments upload target.
    • To attach a video recording, in the Attachments area, click Record Video > Allow > Record. When you finish recording, click Stop. To erase your recording, click Clear. To add the recording, click Add. If you have pre-recorded video and are using a supported browser, you can drag video files onto the attachments upload target.
  1. Click Post. If the topic is moderated, your post does not appear until a moderator approves it.

Meeting accessibility standards in HTML authored content

Students can use an accessibility checker in the HTML editor to ensure that the content they add to Connect meets accessibility standards for their peers and educators.

The accessibility checker is available on the HTML Editor bar. After you add content to the HTML Editor, you can click the checker to ensure that the HTML page meets conformance to WCAG and Section 508 accessibility standards.

The accessibility checker reviews content for use of the following items:

The checker indicates if there are no identified accessibility issues, or offers suggestions to fix any found issues.

Use the Accessibility Checker on HTML-authored content

The accessibility checker gives you a way to ensure that the content you author in the HTML Editor conforms to WCAG and Section 508 accessibility standards. The accessibility checker is available within the HTML Editor for use within Content, Widgets, Quizzes, Assignments, Calendar, Assignments, Discussions and any other tools where a user can access the HTML Editor.

  1. Enter HTML content in the HTML Editor.
  2. Click to start the checker.
  3. If there are any compliance issues, read the report for suggestions on how to fix the issue.

View a discussion topic

If you are viewing a topic from the Discussions tool:

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. On the Discussions List page, click on the name of the discussion topic. The properties of the discussion topic related to availability, locking information, and any other details set by an educator, are listed directly below the name of the discussion topic.
  3. From the Filter by drop-down list, select an option, by which you can sort the individual discussion posts.

If you are viewing a topic from the Content tool:

  1. On the navbar, click Content.
  2. Click on a module.
  3. Click on the name of a discussion topic.
    Note: You cannot view the properties of the discussion topic when you view the topic using the Content tool.
  4. From the Filter by drop-down list, select an option, by which you can sort the individual discussion posts.

Reply to a discussion thread

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. Locate the thread you want to reply to.
  3. Do either of the following:
    • To reply to the main thread post, click Reply to Thread.
    • To reply to a particular post inside the thread, or click Reply.
  1. Enter your reply in the HTML Editor. To include the original post’s text in your reply, click the Add original post text link. (If this option is already enabled by your unit administrator, this message will not display.)
  2. Set any of the following options:
    • To post anonymously, select Post as Anonymous.
    • To receive updates on the thread using your selected notification method, select Subscribe to this thread.
    • To attach a file, in the Attachments area, click Browse to locate the file you want to attach.
    • To attach an audio recording, in the Attachments area, click Record Audio > Record. To make adjustments to your microphone selection and volume, click Flash Settings. To listen to your recording, click Play. To erase your recording, click Clear. If you have pre-recorded audio and are using a supported browser, you can drag audio files onto the attachments upload target.
    • To attach a video recording, in the Attachments area, click Record Video > Allow > Record. When you finish recording, click Stop. Click Clear to erase your recording or Add to add the recording. If you have pre-recorded video and are using a supported browser, you can drag video files onto the attachments upload target.
  1. Click Post.

Change discussion settings

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. On the Discussions List page, click Settings.
  3. Do any of the following:
    • To show topics in the View Topic and View Thread pages, select the Always show the Discussions List pane check box.
    • To hide topics in the View Topic and View Thread pages, clear the Always show the Discussions List pane check box.
    • To automatically include the original post when replying, select the Reply Settings check box.
  1. Click Save.

Subscribe to a discussion

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. Do either of the following:
    • On the Discussions List page, from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to receive notifications of new posts for, click Subscribe.
    • On the View Topics page, beside the thread you want to receive notifications for, click Subscribe.
  1. In the Customize Notifications pop-up window, select your Notification Method. If you do not have an email address set up in your user profile to receive notifications, in the Customize Notifications pop-up window, click the Add an email address in a new window link. Click the Enable email notifications link, then set your email preferences in the Email Settings pop-up window. Click Save.
  2. Click Subscribe.

Unsubscribe from notifications

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. Do either of the following:
    • From the context menu of the forum or topic you are subscribed to, click The unsubscribed icon Unsubscribe.
    • Beside a thread you are subscribed to, click Subscribed.
  1. In the confirmation pop-up window, click Yes.

Upload, store, and share files

Use the Locker tool to upload and store files in Connect. Locker enables you to upload files from your PC, or to create new HTML files.

Your personal locker area is not unit-specific. You can access the locker from anywhere in Connect and store all of your files together.

Group lockers are restricted locker areas where members of a group can share files. Any group member can modify files posted in group locker areas.

Group lockers have the same options as regular lockers with the following exceptions:

Submit unit feedback

Surveys are an excellent way to solicit feedback from participants regarding any aspect of a unit. For example, use surveys as a method of collecting unit evaluations, mid-year reviews, or researching people's learning styles and content delivery preferences.

Anonymous participation in a survey

If a survey is anonymous, your user data is hidden in survey results. The responses to survey questions are available for all users, but the system does not report who made which response.

Why can't I create a survey?

The Surveys tool is designed to be an assessment tool in units and provide a way for educators to solicit feedback from participants regarding any aspect of a unit.