Communicating online

There are a variety of tools that you can use to communicate with other students within the Learnline environment.

These tools include:

Remember, while you are studying with CDU it's important to familiarise yourself with relevant policies and procedures that relate to online communications, as well as acceptable use of Internet and Communications Technology (ICT) when studying online.


Netiquette (network etiquette or Iinternet etiquette) covers the dos and don'ts of communicating online, whether on Learnline or on the internet in general.

If you don’t have much experience in communicating on the internet, it’s important you take the time to learn these protocols which will help you respect other people and avoid causing offence. Netiquette will give you information about online communication, including a Netiquette Quiz.

Learnline Social

Learnline Social is a network that connects students and academics at CDU with fellow colleagues at Blackboard institutions from around the globe. The network enables you to learn from each other in a more social and informal way, complementing the classroom and online experience. With the addition of social learning tools, you can discover connect and communicate with a global learning network.

Learnline social can be accessed via the Global Navigation Menu. Click the arrow next to your name in the top right hand corner of any Learnline page.

Useful tips

  • Use your real name when you set up your profile so other students can find you.
  • If you create a social space name the space that describes what the the space is about. This helps other students know if it might tbe useful to them.
  • If you fins any inappropriate or offensive content on a profile or in a space you can report it. Individual profiles and spaces can be blocked to others until the profile is reviewed and amended.

To find out more about Learnline Social visit My Blackboard and Navigation or go directly to this video on Social Learning Tools for a quick overview.

CDU policies and procedures

CDU have policies and procedures in place to ensure our staff and students understand what is appropriate when using online systems in the University.