cuLearn is a vital part of taking courses at Carleton. The Educational Development Centre, which supports instructors in their use of cuLearn and other educational technology, helped create this list of tips on how students can get the most out of cuLearn.
1. Regularly engage with course material on cuLearn
Frequenting cuLearn is the online equivalent of regularly attending lectures, but the path to academic excellence goes beyond logging in. Your ability to learn independently, to engage in course material, and to stay motivated in your studies are big factors in your success.
2. Touch base with other students
Use cuLearn’s discussion forums as online learning communities, where you can share ideas and review course content with your classmates.
3. Make an effort to read others’ discussion board posts
While it might feel like your job is done once you publish that obligatory discussion post, it is important to read and absorb what your classmates have written too.
4. Be willing to explore foreign technology
Many professors use cuLearn’s BigBlueButton feature to conduct virtual office hours. While you might not be familiar with this or some of the other tools your professors use, the road to success lies in a willingness to engage with all of the learning tools available.
5. Customize your dashboard to suit your learning needs
On the top right corner of cuLearn’s homepage is a “customize this page” button. Take advantage and format the dashboard to whatever suits your preferences. Prioritize the content you feel is most important.
6. Pay attention to course deadlines and updates
Check course calendars on cuLearn to stay up-to-date on deadlines. “Latest Announcements” is another area to look for updates from your professors.
7. Use the calendar feature to establish a personal learning plan
On the main dashboard in cuLearn, you can find a customizable calendar. Within the “Upcoming Events” block, click “New Event…” to add deadlines, recurring reminders and more to help you stay on top of your tasks.
8. Take advantage of the “Library Reserves” feature
Some courses include a “Library Reserves” block, which allows you to access journal articles and other materials available through the MacOdrum Library.
9. Work with all of the features available
It is important for students to engage with all of the materials – not just the areas and content you will be graded on. From the customizable calendar to the Library Reserves page, cuLearn offers plenty of learning tools to explore.
10. Visit the cuLearn support site
For more information on cuLearn features, including tutorials and helpful guides, visit the cuLearn support website.