We deliver most of our online courses using the iQualify LMS. The easiest way to learn how to use it is to log in and start exploring, but this page has some information to get you started.
On this page:
- Accessing your course in iQualify
- Navigating iQualify
- Navigating your courses
- Notes and discussions
- Accessing your courses offline
To access your course in iQualify:
- login to Open Polytechnic website. If you are unsure how to login, go to our How to login page
- you'll then go to ‘My Open Polytechnic’ where your course(s) will be listed in the ‘My courses’ box
- click on the name of the course you want to go to
- on the next screen click 'Sign in using My Open Polytechnic'.
You will then be taken to your course page in iQualify.
When you are not in a course you can use the icon with your initials (or avatar) on the top right of the page to navigate around iQualify. Clicking on it will show a dropdown list with:
- My Courses – Use this to go back to your dashboard, where you will see all your courses.
- My Account – This is where you can see your account information, and opt in to receive text and email alerts. You can also change your icon to a profile picture.
- Logout – This will log you out of iQualify, but you will still be logged into My Open Polytechnic.
On the right hand side of the screen you'll see a magnifying glass which is your 'Help' tab. Click this to get help with any area of iQualify you'd like guidance with.
Click on any of the topics and you'll be guided through how to use them.
From your dashboard you can see your current, upcoming or past courses. Use the course cards to:
- go to each course’s home screen
- continue where you left off in your course
- go to your assessments or notes.
Navigating your courses
When you go into a course you will go to the course overview page.
From here, you can start or continue the course, or use the tabs down the left hand side to see:
- My Courses – Where you can navigate back to your main dashboard to see all your courses.
- Overview – This is the introduction to the course, your lecturer and other key personnel. Includes a summary of content and the expected outcomes plus any assessments and any other important course related details.
- Contents– Where you can see and go to the modules in the course.
- Downloads – If you want to watch your course videos on the go but don't want to chew through your mobile data to watch them this is where you can check out if you have any videos available to download to watch offline.
- Search – Use this to search for key phrases or content in the course.
- Tasks – 'Tasks' is a handy way to jump straight to the 'doing' parts of your course. Here you can see what you've got left to submit, and view previous submissions.
- Notes – This is where you can review any notes you have written through the course. These are private notes which only you can see.
- Talk– This takes you to the talk channels (online forums) for the course. They include announcements, general forums, assessment forums and library support.
The bell icon on the top right of the page will show a notification:
- when an assignment is marked and returned
- when there are new announcements or discussions in the talk channels.
Click the icon to go to the announcements page to see any messages.
Get notifications sent to your email
To opt in to get notifications sent to your My OP student email address (FirstnameLastname@myop.ac.nz):
- click the icon with your initials or avatar and select Account
- look for the Contact box. It will contain your MyOP student email address
- select emails
- click ‘Update account.
If you want to change the email account we send notifications to, you need to:
- go to My Open Polytechnic
- click ‘Launch Office 365’ to go to your student email account
- follow the instructions on this page ‘Forward email from Office 365 to another email account
Get notifications sent to your phone
To opt in to get notifications sent to your phone:
- click the icon with your initials or avatar and select ‘Profile’
- look for ‘Mobile’ in the ‘Contact’ box and enter your mobile phone number. If this is your first time opting in for SMS message click ‘Verify now’ to verify your phone number
- click ‘Get code’ in the ‘Verify your phone’ pop up. A code will be sent to your phone
- enter the code and click ‘Verify’
- select ‘SMS Messages’
- click ‘Update account’.
Notes and discussions
You can add notes next to any content in your course. You can make two types of notes:
- private notes just for you
- social notes where you can have a public discussion with the facilitator or learners within the course.
You can save your notes and refer to them easily anytime by creating unique tags.
How to add notes
Click on the pencil-speech bubble icon next to your course content to add notes or begin a group discussion.
There are two types of notes:
- Your notes – these are private to you.
- Discuss this – these notes are in-page discussions that are visible to others in your learning group.
To make a note click the 'Add' button then hit 'Post'.
A green dot in the pencil-speech bubble icon indicates that a note or discussion is added/saved next to that particular reading.
Finding your saved notes
You can access your notes from:
- your dashboard, by clicking the ‘Notes’ icon for each course, or
- from your course page by clicking the menu tab on the far left side of your screen. The course menu will pop up and show the ‘Notes’ icon.
Tips for using Notes
- As you accumulate notes use the search or tag function to help you find relevant notes. This is why creating appropriate tags is important.
- Delete notes that are no longer needed by clicking the trashcan icon.
Accessing your courses offline
You can access your courses offline without the internet using Google Chrome's offline functionality.
In offline mode you can:
- access all the main course content
- review study notes.
- complete activities
- access resources (i.e. PDF attachments)
- watch videos
- interact with other learners
- upload assessments.
To access a course offline you need to go into all the modules you want to access offline before turning your Wi-Fi or data off/airplane mode on.
How to access your course offline using a PC or laptop
- While you're online open Google Chrome and login to your course.
- Navigate to any page in your course (except for the course or assessment overview).
- In the top right corner of the Chrome browser click on the ellipsis (three vertical dots).
- Select 'Install course name...'
- A copy of the course will be saved to your desktop. (If you are using a Mac you'll find it in the Chrome Apps folder)
Before going offline we recommend you review the course to check it's downloaded properly.
Access your course offline on an android device (tablet or smartphone)
To study offline from your Android smartphone or tablet:
- Open your course using Google Chrome (this is usually the Android default browser).
- Select 'Add' when prompted to add the course to your home screen. If this doesn't appear, use the browser menu (usually an ellipsis icon) and select 'Add to home screen'. This will add a new icon on your home screen providing a shortcut to your course.
- Navigate to any page within your course (except for the course or assessment overview).
- When you're offline and access your course from the icon on your Home screen you'll see an offline banner appear on your course page. You'll now be able to navigate between pages and continue your study.
Tips for offline use
Using Google chrome
We recommend using Google Chrome (usually the default Android browser), but support for offline access is being added to browsers all the time so if you use a different browser try it, it may work!
Why you can't use an iPhone to access your course offline
We don't currently support PWA's on iOS devices, but this may change in the future.
Course content hasn't loaded on your phone/tablet
Depending on the speed of your internet connection or the size of your course it may take some time to download all of the modules.
We recommend allowing a bit of time to download a local copy of the course before switching to offline mode.
How to conserve your mobile data
The first time you access each module of your course a local copy is downloaded to your device. If you want to conserve your data, we recommend accessing your course for the first time using wi-fi rather than your mobile data.
If you have any questions about your course or using iQualify get in touch.