Preparing for Your Course
Before your course begins there are a number of things you can do to ensure a smooth start to your learning.
This video explains how to access the various features provided by MyBeckett.
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The following are our preferred recommendations, but other hardware, browsers and operating systems will work. Complete technical requirements are detailed in the full guide linked below.
- Broadband Internet connection with speed of 2mbps or more
- Chrome browser with HTML5 support (or I.E. v9 or above, or Edge v1 or above)
- Java, Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader enabled
- Windows OS 7 or higher
- Minimum screen size of 1024 x 768u
View the full Technical Requirements Guide (PDF).
Your student email accounts will be hosted by Microsoft Outlook, through the Office 365 platform.
We will only communicate via your student email during your course.
Your Office 365 package provides access anytime, anywhere, and on any device and includes five free licences to install Microsoft Office 2016 on your personal computer and devices (phones, tablets, Netbooks, laptops).
You have access to Microsoft Office 365 products including Microsoft Office Online – Word, PowerPoint, Excel and introducing OneNote and OneDrive. Over the year, new products will be added to our Microsoft suite starting with OneDrive.
Your University Account is also a Google Account, and you can use your student email address and your University password to log in to Google and use their variety of tools and apps.
Google Drive is a cloud space, to store your files, to access shared files and to share files yourself. You can also use the full suite of Google Apps and Tools.
There are University produced step by step guides for Calendar, YouTube, Drive, Hangouts and much more. You can also find tutorials on the full suite of Google Apps in the Google Apps Learning Centre.
Our Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Google+ Community is for you to connect with Leeds Beckett Distance Learners across all Schools and courses. We host regular web-chats from experts within the University and keep you up-to-date with any known technical issues. Come along and introduce yourself to fellow distance learning students!
You can join up online before your course starts, or at any time during your study with us. Just use your full University email address and password to create your account to access the Leeds Beckett communities.
As a distance learner, you can register for the Library’s Offsite service.
This service offers help with accessing electronic resources, access to other libraries, postal book loans and journal article supply.
You can find out more and view the full range of services provided at Information for offsite students. Here you’ll also find details of how to register with Offsite, and how to request books by mail.
The video below provides a short introduction to the Offsite Service:
There is a mobile app for Blackboard (MyBeckett), available across the three main mobile platforms, that will be useful in supporting your learning.
While we expect you to access the majority of our content via a browser, you may find the app helpful to get notifications and keep up with discussions that are going on during your module.
Just search for Blackboard Mobile Learn in your device's app store.
As well as Google and other chat facilities, you may want to use Skype and its desktop sharing capabilities to collaborate with your fellow students.
Your tutors may also use Skype to contact you.
Prezi is a presentation tool that goes a little bit further than your average Powerpoint and allows you to zoom between slides instead of the usual slide transition. If you sign up using your student email account, you will be able to get a free upgrade to Prezi Edu.
Mural allows you to create an interactive Whiteboard space that several people can add to and edit. It is similar to Google Docs, but is a very visual platform.
Twitter is a social media tool that allows you to send short 140- character tweets into the Twittersphere. If you were to join up and follow your fellow coursemates, you could then have a conversation online by using a specific hashtag and you could then publish this conversation using a live blogging tool such as Storify.