How studying online works

Studying online provides you with a greater amount of flexibility. Courses can be completed as fast or as slow as you need to fit around your schedule.

Enrol in one or two subjects in one study period, study block or semester, depending on how much time you have.

How much time is required to study online?

To complete subjects within the study period, we recommend allowing at least 12-15 hours a week for each subject. To make sure you’re on top of your study load and you’re progressing through each subject, it's best to set up a study plan personalised around your life.

How subjects are taught

Many of our online programs offer subjects in intense short study periods many times over the year. This provides some capacity to customise your program to enrol in subjects when it suits you, and even to complete more subjects in a year than in traditional semester-based programs.

Online subjects include a range of learning activities:

  • engaging with the online material
  • participating in interactive classes
  • completing the required readings
  • note taking and completing assessments.
  • group work with other students.

Other information

I forgot my password, what do I do?

If you cannot remember your password, you can reset it using the Password Reset Tool.

Discover La Trobe Hub and Continuing BFN Student Info

Once you have access to the LMS, some quick reference material can be found in the LMS within your Discover La Trobe Hub.

If you're a continuing BFN student, you will find some additional reference materials for you in your OUA-BFN LMS Subject here.

Your subject material will be available through the Learning Management System (LMS) / Moodle.

The LMS will allow you to access your:

  • online subjects
  • calendar
  • forums
  • latest news
  • upcoming events

It also provides a place where you can keep in touch with other students and the staff who will be there to support you through your learning journey.

Additional LMS modules:

  • Discover La Trobe will help you to become familiar with the tools, resources and information you need to succeed.
  • Consent Matters course will make sure you understand sexual consent and how to recognise situations when consent can and can’t be given, whatever your gender or sexuality.

We try to keep it simple; the major requirement is that you have internet access. We aim to ensure that your subjects can be accessed from the LMS with using a computer or tablet.

Don’t always have reliable internet? As a La Trobe student, you have access to one of our seven campuses.

IT enquiries

Need help with LMS or IT enquiries? The Student IT team are available to help through live chat, phone or email.

Availability: Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm (AEST or AEDT, depending on the time of year) by calling 1300 LA TROBE (1300 528 762) – Option 3 – or Ask a Question.

Student services enquiries

Need help with a student matter? We're here to help.

Availability: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm (AEST or AEDT, depending on the time of year) by calling 1300 LA TROBE (1300 528 762) – Option 2 – or Ask a Question.

Other support services

At La Trobe University, we want all our students to succeed and we know that sometimes you just need a bit of support to get you over the line.

As a student, you have access to all the support services the University has to offer. This includes:

  • Student administration
  • Learning support programs
  • In semester study help
  • Problems with assessments or exams
  • Counselling and mental health
  • Studying with a disability
  • Financial help
  • Indigenous students
  • Students from a refugee background
  • Legal advice
  • Advocacy services
  • Health and safety systems.

For a full list of support services, please visit the Help and support website.