At university, you will need to take a greater ownership of your own learning. You will have a number of different learning activities to engage in and a wide range of resources to draw upon during your studies. Throughout your programme you may need to adapt your approach to study to make the most of the modules you take.
Many of you will have lectures that provide the basic knowledge for your module, demonstrate new processes or give you an insight into a topic. However, lectures rarely provide all the information you need to know. You will need to build upon the lecture to develop your own understanding through independent study. The role of the lecture will vary from module to module, so you will need to work out how it relates to other learning activities, such as seminars, tutorials and labs, as well as the assessment. This will help you prioritise your study time effectively.
To help you think about ways of studying and how you engage with lectures and other teaching sessions, take a look at the resources below.
Whilst they are based upon use of lecture captures, the study workflows may also give you ideas for how to engage with the module content. The videos will help you consider how to get the most from lectures and taught sessions, including approaches for note-making.
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There are four key things that you need to know about when you start using the VLE.
We recommend using either Firefox or Chrome to access the VLE. All managed computers on campus have them installed, and you can download them free of charge for your own machine:
If you'd prefer to use a different browser you can check whether it's suitable with Blackboard's Online Browser Checker. Students can also access the VLE using the Blackboard mobile app, but we advise against using this for assessment activity (eg submissions, details checking).
If you leave the VLE open in a browser tab and don't use it for around three hours you will be automatically logged out. This may not be immediately obvious, but you might notice that VLE sites start to behave strangely: they may only partially load or some tools may stop working. If this happens to you:
There are a few reasons why you may not be able to see a VLE site for one of your modules:
We recommend contacting your department if you can't see the sites you expect. They will be able to advise you why you can't see a site, and can enrol you onto a module if necessary.
*Note: some Online and Distance learners have an alternative VLE, details of which will be in their enrolment correspondence.