This year your classroom teaching will, as always, be enhanced by online learning resources, discussion boards and supportive virtual communities.
Take a look at some of these resources here.
Canvas is our learning management system. You can use it to access information and activities relating to your studies, including module details, assessments and lecture notes. It also gives you a real-time record of your progress.
You'll find our tutors using Canvas to share videos, quizzes, worksheets, screencasts and interactive whiteboard notes.
Join nursing student Hollie for a short video tour of Canvas:
For the best experience we recommend using Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Opera.
Microsoft Teams is our online meeting platform where you’ll join timetabled sessions, such as live webinars, and sessions streamed directly from the classroom. We also use Microsoft Teams to run online workshops or one-to-one sessions with staff, such as your Personal Development Tutor or Student Services.
As an ARU student you can install the latest Office apps on up to any five personal devices for free. Office365 includes a wide range of communication and collaboration tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and OneDrive.
You’ll also be able to access your ARU Student Email account through the Outlook app, so Office365 is a ‘must have’ if you’re new to ARU.
Note that downloading Office 365 will overwrite all previously purchased and installed copies of Office on your device.
Nursing students who are out on placement can use the MyProgress app to complete assessments and keep in touch with their University tutors. Practice supervisors, who support our students on placements, can also access the app. It's never been more valuable than during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our computer gaming students have been using Discord to support face-to-face learning, with lecturers live-streaming sessions and students taking advantage of the platform's social capabilities to share ideas and keep in touch.
Our video seminars are shorty, snappy introductions to big ideas.
Here's Dr Marieke Jenner on binge-watching, everyone's favourite pastime, but there are loads more seminars waiting for you on YouTube.
Our tutors have a passion for their subjects and love writing about them. Check out just a few of their blogs for a bite-sized intro to some fascinating subjects:
We all recognise the importance of keeping in touch, and feeling a part of our communities. University is no exception.
There are loads of ways to keep in touch even when you're not on campus, including virtual social events, course discussion boards, and some thriving social media groups that share relevant videos, articles, news snippets and even (in these social distancing times) Zoom baking sessions.
See our FAQs for more details about teaching and learning arrangements in 2020-21.