How we support your learning

At ARU your classroom teaching will 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:

Accessing Canvas

Get a sneak preview of Canvas with our special sites for forensic and investigative sciences, psychology and sports science and history. You'll find crime-scene conundrums, sample lectures, and more.

For the best experience we recommend using Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Opera.

Resources to support learning and placements

Microsoft Teams – online meeting platform

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.

  • Once you accept an offer to study at ARU, you can download the Microsoft Teams app to your desktop or mobile device or log in to the web version. It's important that you log in to Microsoft Teams using your ARU username and password. Take a look at our ‘how to’ video to find out more.

Office365 – communication and collaboration

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.

Gaming platforms

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.

60-second seminars

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.

Bite-sized learning

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: