Accessing online study resources


Alongside your in-person teaching, you will be able to access study materials, communicate and collaborate with your lecturer and other students online. See below for information about the systems we use to help you study and connect online. 

To support you with your online studying and to help you build the digital skills that you need for the future, you can explore your digital capabilities through through this resource from My Learning Essentials (MLE). This resource will help you understand your current digital capabilities; provide you with a personalised report on your current practice, and signpost you to resources that will support your further development. You can revisit this, and other MLE resources, as often as is helpful during your studies and we will continue to add resources to support your digital journey.

Blackboard is our online virtual learning environment, where you can access course material for your units, communicate and collaborate with your lecturer and other students on your course. You can also complete and submit coursework, and access your grades. 

You can access Blackboard by logging in through My Manchester.

Using Blackboard: A student guide

Using Blackboard discussions

Using Blackboard collaborate

Accessing grades and feedback

Downloading feedback from Turnitin

Audacity is a tool that allows you to record audio streaming on your computer. Find out more and install Audacity

Zoom is an online video conferencing platform. It allows users to meet online from their desktop, laptop, mobile, tablet or phone.

As a student you have free access to Zoom - just sign up using your University of Manchester email address. Make sure you always join teaching sessions using your University Zoom account, so we can identify everyone.  

Sign up for Zoom

Zoom: A guide for students

You are probably used to interacting with people online, especially with recent COVID restrictions. However, you might not have attended online teaching or collaborated with other students online before. To help create an inclusive and respectful online learning environment, we've come up with a guide to online communication. These are our suggestions for things to do and ways to behave, to make sure everyone feels comfortable and able to take part in their online studies.

Online communications: A guide for students