Discover DCU

Discover DCU is a series of short interactive courses designed to help get you settled in and introduce you to the tools and skills you need to succeed at university. Work through each of the courses at your own pace and complete the simple activities to finish each course.

"This course was very encouraging. DCU looks amazing!" - first year student


The series is broken into two stages.

Before semester begins, explore the 4 Orientation coursesThen, when classes start, you will have access to our 7 Study Skills courses. 

Orientation (Courses 1-4)   Study Skills (Courses 5-11)
  • Discover your DCU
  • Discover your Community
  • Discover Technology
  • Discover your Wellbeing
          
  • Discover Organisational Skills
  • Discover Note Taking and Effective Reading
  • Discover Groupwork and Presentations
  • Discover Research Skills
  • Discover Assignment Writing
  • Discover Critical Thinking and Writing
  • Discover Exam Success

The Discover DCU series is a mandatory element of the DCU Engage Award (bronze level) for first year undergraduate students. This optional prestigious award recognises your work outside of the classroom in first year.

     

    To earn Discover DCU badges you must complete:

    • All 4 Orientation courses (Backpack Orientation Badge - awarded when you achieve a pass mark of 70% in each of these courses)
    • Any 4 of the 7 Study Skills Courses (Study Skills Badge - awarded when you achieve a pass mark of 70% in each of the courses)

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Discover DCU is a series of short interactive courses designed to help get you settled in and introduce you to the tools and skills you need to succeed at university. Work through each of the courses at your own pace and complete the simple activities to finish each course.

    The courses are divided into two stages:

    Stage 1: Orientation

    • Discover your DCU

    • Discover your Community

    • Discover Technology

    • Discover your Wellbeing

    Stage 2: Study Skills

    • Discover Organisational Skills

    • Discover Note Taking and Effective Reading

    • Disocver Groupwork and Presentations

    • Discover Research Skills

    • Discover Assignment Writing

    • Discover Critical Writing

    • Discover Exam Success

    Once you have accepted your offer and received your registration pack to study at DCU you can access the Orientation Stage of Discover DCU.

    Login in to Discover DCU through Loop.

    Loop is the online learning platform used in DCU that allows students to connect with course content, their teachers and fellow learners and explore the Discover DCU series.

    You should use the Google Chrome web browser when accessing Discover DCU.

    If you encounter any difficulty accessing Discover DCU contact student.learning@dcu.ie.

    From the first week of semester, you will have access to Stage 2 and the remaining Discover DCU: Study Skills courses.

    • Each of the Discover DCU courses should take about 30 mins to complete.

    • But you are not in a race against the clock!  

    • Take your time working your way through the course and get the most from each session.

    • We would also really welcome your feedback (through the feedback links provided with each course) so we can improve the student experience.

    No. The Discover DCU series is not compulsory to complete but is full of important information, helpful tips and advice to prepare you for your journey here at DCU.

    Discover DCU is also a recognised element of the DCU Engage Award. This award recognises accomplishments and engagement outside of the classroom.

    No. You do not have to complete each course in one sitting. As you work your way through each course your progress is saved. You can pick up from where you left off the next time you login.

    As you work your way through each course your progress is automatically saved.

    Yes!

    During the course you will have certain activities to complete and questions to answer. You can check the solutions to these and if not satisfied click the retry button to start the activity again.

    Yes!

    At the end of each course there is an option to retry. By clicking this button you will be able to start the course again.