Support will be provided by your subject tutors and digital experts within your subject area but you may like to follow the university links below to help you to get started.
There are induction guides covering essential digital skills created by the TILE Hub. These cover all the key systems you need to be familiar with to use our IT systems to study effectively.
- An introduction to University Systems: Sway (includes: Usernames and Passwords; Accessing and Downloading MS Office, and Accessing email)
- Induction: Digital Skills include:
- All your IT Essentials
- Bite size videos - learn the essentials in one minute. Includes: Wifi, email, Office 365, OneDrive, saving your work, essential apps and web pages
There are also Blackboard tutorials :
Many tutors are including these induction videos in either Blackboard or MS Teams so look out for links to these, or ask your tutor if you can't find them.
Assessment and Feedback
There are guides to help you understand how to use to assessment areas within Blackboard and how to use Turnitin.
Turnitin is web-based text matching, electronic submission and feedback software. It is used by many universities in the UK and across the world. Turnitin compares the text in the work you submit with a vast database of electronic sources, including online journal articles, web pages and previously submitted student work. It can be used by staff as a tool to help identify plagiarism and poor academic practice. It can also be used to as a developmental tool to help improve your academic writing.
Turnitin is integrated into Blackboard, so you will only ever access Turnitin via your Blackboard courses. As Turnitin provides staff with a wide range of options it can be used in several ways so it is important that you check with your tutors if you have any specific questions on the user of Turnitin. The guides below cover the essential features most likely to be used.
Digital Services support
Study Smarter with technology
There is a wide range of tools which you can use to help you study effectively. These include tools to help everyone with reading online, writing, text-to-speech, planning and organising, collaborating with others and more. We have created a guide to recommended tools which are free to download, or are already in-built on the student computers.