Topic outline

  • Welcome to Open Access College

    • Workplace Setup

      Setting up an effective workplace is vital for all students at Open Access College.

      The work area should be in an accessible area for students and parents to utilise and is free of distractions. The work area should be uncluttered and be in an area that is well lit so as not to strain eyes.

      The chair should provide adequate back support and be comfortable to use for reasonable periods of time. Students will be required to use a computer and headset (and at times the telephone) for lessons.

      They may also be required to print work, scan/photograph work to return to teachers. This can be negotiated with individual teachers as to what they require.

      • Time Management

        1. Prioritize your weekly schedule as a student. Educational studies must come first, then extra curriculum activities and then social life. Friends will want to hang out with you on the weekends, but they will understand if you explain to them that you need to study or catch up on school-related work.

        2. List the exact due dates for events, projects, essays, and other homework. It will help you to alert you when things need to be done by. Next, sort extra curricular activities.

        3. Set a time limit on how long you study for each class. Don't go spend too much time on one subject and forget that you have several others to catch up. Don't rush through studying; take your time and concentrate. Set up an alarm clock at a certain hour, when it rings, go to another subject  and reset the alarm.

        4. Get at least 6-9 hours of sleep. If you have more or less sleep than you should have, you will feel lazy and sleepy and find it hard to concentrate.

        • Health and Well Being



          Food and nutrition are also important for staying healthy. Power your body with the right type of fuel in order for growth, development and a healthy lifestyle

          A balanced diet for a teenager includes the following:


          Did you know!

          • People of your age need 9 ¼ hours of sleep a night?
          • On average people spend a third of their lives in bed?
          • Sleep is important as it helps our brains to work at their best. Sleep increases our energy, memory, concentration, alertness and is important for physical growth.

          • Learning Tools

            Open Access College uses Moodle for providing you with a course content, WebEx and Google apps for online meetings with your classmates and teacher, Daymap for communications (timetable, assessments, bulletins, notes), LearnLink for your school e-mail box.


            Moodle is a Learning Management software used at Open Access College to deliver the courses online.

            You already have a Moodle account. For more information about using Moodle, please see the Help Desk page on the Open Access College website. Helpsheets are available to assist you.

            Open Access College Moodle site


            WebEx is one of the virtual classrooms OAC uses.

            If your teacher requires you to use WebEx, they will provide you with relevant information. You do need a password for WebEx. Most teachers will send you an email link to join the class that contains the password.

            More information about Webex or how to resolve problems can be found on the Help Desk page of the Open Access College website. Helpsheets are available to assist you. 

            Open Access College Webex site

            Google apps

            More information about how to use Google Apps can be found on the Help Desk page of the Open Access College website. Helpsheets are available to assist you. 


            DayMap is a learning management system we use at Open Access College to:

            • Keep student details and contacts
            • Share lesson information, links and media
            • Mark the roll
            • Collect and assess student work
            • Produce and publish student reports
            • Provide online parent/supervisor access to curriculum and student progress information

            Login and password for students and parents and supervisors will be provided.

            Visit the Help Desk page on the Open Access College website to download helpsheets to assist with the following:

            • Student Helpsheet
            • Uploading work
            • Parent/Caregiver Helpsheet

            Log onto Daymap


            The LearnLink provides a centralized system for all DfE staff and students.

            All students will be allocated a LearnLink email.

            Email format will be - (three numerals will be randomly generated).

            If you don't know your password or forgotten it, please contact Learning Technology Help Desk

            LearnLink emails can be forwarded to another email account.

            Log onto LearnLink

            • Subject information

              Information about your subjects can be found in the curriculum section of the Open Access College website:

              • Events at the school

                 Open Access College Events: Event Calendar

                • Safety

                  OAC is committed to ensuring we are a place of safety and respect for all our staff and students,  free of harassment and discrimination


                  "Cyber Bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.” - Wikipedia
                  Stand up and speak out! If you see or know your friend is being cyberbullied, support them and report the bullying.

                  Remember that you should behave the same way towards others whether you are online or offline.

                  Other Links

                  • Who am I as a learner?

                    Find out how engaged you are and your preferred learning style

                    How engaged am I?

                    Where are you on your Learning Journey?

                    Download the Engagement Matrix (Pdf) and select your position on the Engagement Matrix scale.

                    My Learning Style

                    Everyone has their own preferred learning style. What is your learning style?

                    Common learning styles are:

                    Visual Learner Learns by seeing and looking.
                    Auditory Learner Learns by listening and hearing.
                    Kinesthetic Learner Learns by touching and doing.

                    What learning style are you?

                    Try the learning styles quiz to find out your preferred learning styles.