This page is for everybody studying online. Below you will find information on how to watch streaming lectures, join a lab group, access your online labs, and make the best use of them.

What are online labs

Each week we will be running online lab sessions where you will be able to meet tutors (and sometimes lecturers!) face to face, chat with them in real-time, ask questions, and even share your screen so that they can help you. Labs will be arranged using Microsoft Teams (see below)

We will use Microsoft Teams to run online labs. You can enrol via Streams and change group if you want to.

Remember that all lab times on streams and on this website are listed in AEDT (UTC+11), so just subtract 3 hours to get to Beijing Time/CST (UTC+8).

We are working out the best ways to support you remotely, so be prepared for online labs to change slightly over the semester to best meet your needs.

What are streamed lectures

Each week Charles will stream the lecture content so that you can access it through the COMP2300 channel on Microsoft Stream and through a tab in the COMP2300 Team (see below).

You can also watch on Twitch, or Youtube

When you’re watching a live streamed lecture you can ask questions on Teams and Charles and the tutors will answer them during the lecture!

How to access Microsoft Teams

You can access Microsoft Teams through the ANU Office 365 homepage, just click “Login to Office 365” on that page and sign in with you uni ID and password.

accessing Office 365

You can go to the Teams app right in Office 365. While you’re in Office 365, why not update your avatar to a friendly picture of yourself so we know who you are?

accessing Teams

Now that you’ve logged in, you can join the COMP2300 team with this link

Next time, you can just select COMP2300 in your Teams main screen:

accessing COMP2300 in Teams

Your tutor will approve your entry to the team and assign you into a lab channel.

Microsoft Teams works best as an application installed on your computer. Hit the “Download app” button to get it installed.

Attending your lab

Labs will be ran in the General channel. Your tutors will start a video meeting at the beginning of your lab to cover any new admin information and provide overview of the content for the next week. Once this has finished the call will be finished and you will be asked to ask questions as you have them in the General channel chat. If you have specific problems, your tutors will start a “breakout call” so they can be answered face to face. Remember: labs are times to work through the content on the lab page, even in online labs you should still be doing this!

If you want to chat with camera and microphone in your online lab make sure you’re in a quiet environment, with a simple background behind you (like a wall). It’s best to use headphones with a microphone for videoconferencing through Teams.

Finding the streaming lectures

Just go to the Video Streams tab in Teams:

streaming lectures tab

What we expect from you

Online labs might be your only chance to meet other students and tutors during COMP2300 in real-time. Make the best use of them by doing the following:

  1. Ask questions in the chat! The tutors are reading the chat and will address questions in the lab over video if they would be interesting to the group. If you have a great question, it might be worth putting on Piazza for tutors and other students to read as well.

  2. Talk the other students! You are free to use the chat to talk to other students and help them out if you have some tips.

  3. Expect to be challenged. Tutors are not going to do the work for you. You should expect tutors to ask you how the lab exercises work, and why you think they’re important in the course. Don’t worry if you can’t answer right away, you’re allowed to think and answer in the chat.

I’ve done all this and I still can’t access my lab!!

Ok—we’re still learning how to do online labs so things might not work first time. Your tutors will be searching for you if you don’t show up in your lab so look out for emails or messages from them. If in doubt, ask a question on Piazza.

I need help outside of my lab time!

There’s always help available on Piazza. If you really need help, you might be able to meet with a tutor in the “General” channel on our Teams group during another online lab time if it’s quiet.

Updated:    08 Jul 2020 / Responsible Officer:    Head of School / Page Contact:    Charles Martin