Using SOL

This book contains all the student help information for Solent Online Learning.



Forums are a great way to communicate with other students. They are referred to as 'asynchronous' which means that, unlike chatting online or messaging, there is sometimes a long period of time between posts. So you can think for a while about the previous post before you reply. Forums can last for a few hours or a few months! This is great if you want to continue discussing a difficult concept after a seminar, or if you just want a space to post any queries that you have about one unit throughout the entire year.

Your lecturers have access to a News & Alerts forum which is a one-way messaging service.  It means that your lecturer can send you important annoucements which will come through the Solent Online Learning pop-up messaging service.  You will also receive a copy of the message to your email inbox.  If you don't, check if you have forwarded your messages somewhere or check your 'junk' folder.

Using Forums
Forums allow you to post information for your lecturers and other students to view and reply to existing posts. Forums on Solent Online Learning are indicated by the forum icon. Forum icon

This is an example of a forum in progress:

Example of a forum

To subscribe to a forum to ensure that you receive emails of new posts, click on the forum title and select the Subscribe to this forum option on the right-hand side.

To post to a forum, click on the forum title and select Add a new discussion topic. Add a subject and then type your post into the Message box. Click on Post to Forum. You then have 30 minutes after submitting to edit your post.

To reply to a forum post, go into the forum, select the discussion you want to contribute to and click on Reply. Your post will appear underneath the original item.

Use the drop-down menu at the top of the forum screen to change how the posts are displayed.

How to change your forum preferences

Forum preferences can be changed by each user.

  1. On the dropdown next to the name, select Preferences.
  2. Under User Account, select Forum preferences.
  3. On the Forum preferences page, select No digest, single email per forum post.