Online teaching

 

The University uses a range of different technology to facilitate its online teaching and below are a number of guides to support you with using the technology.

Blackboard

You can access all of your courses online through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Blackboard can be reached by logging in through My Manchester.

Blackboard allows you to view course material for your units,  communicate and collaborate with your lecturer or other students on your course. You can also complete and submit coursework, and access your grades. 

Below is a list of how to guides that you may find useful:

Using blackboard: A student guide

Using blackboard discussions

Using blackboard collaborate

Accessing grades and feedback

Downloading feedback from Turnitin

Audacity

Audacity is a tool that allows you to record live audio and sessions from your computer, through a microphone or mixer, or programmes on your computer such as Skype.

Audacity can import, edit, and combine sounds files in many different formats. So if you want to refer back to a session you could record it.

To install on a personal computer go to https://www.audacityteam.org

Because of software patents, Audacity cannot include MP3 encoding software or distribute such software from its own websites.Instead, install the free and recommended LAME third-party encoder to export MP3 files with Audacity.

Zoom

Zoom is a powerful, cloud-based audio/video conferencing, communications and meeting platform which is stable. It allows users to meet online from their desktop, laptop, mobile, tablet or telephone. Windows, Apple Mac, Android and IOS devices are all fully supported.

You should join a UoM Zoom session using your University of Manchester Zoom login and the name (first name, surname) you have registered with at the University. This is so we know who is joining each session and we can identify you during the class.

As a University of Manchester student you have free access to Zoom and should register at Zoom.us using your UoM email address. For security, you may not be able to access your online Zoom session if you are not logged in to the platform using your UoM email address.

Learning in an online environment requires us to think about how we present ourselves ‘digitally’. Successful interactions are best achieved if we express ourselves in a polite and professional way. This guidance provides advice on how your interactions can support a respectful, inclusive and enjoyable learning experience for all.

You can find out more about online teaching and the support in place on MyManchester.

Zoom: A Guide for students

 

Engaging in online communication: student guidance

Learning in an online environment requires us to think about how we present ourselves ‘digitally’. Successful interactions are best achieved if we express ourselves in a polite and professional way. When online, we tend to call this behaviour ‘netiquette’ - the online version of etiquette. Netiquette is a code of conduct for how we interact with each other in all of our online environments.  This guidance provides advice on how your interactions can support a respectful, inclusive and enjoyable learning experience for all.

Engaging in online communication: a student guide