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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.

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Getting Started

Plus Icon Familiarise Yourself with MyBeckett

This video explains how to access the various features provided by MyBeckett.

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Plus Icon Check the Technical Requirements

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).

Plus Icon Set up your University Email

Person using laptopYour student email account is hosted by Microsoft Outlook, through the Office 365 platform.

The Library provides detailed guidance on your student email including how to access it on different devices.

We will only communicate via your student email during your course.

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Office 365

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 also OneNote and 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.

Plus Icon Join the Distance Learning Student Community

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.

Plus Icon Register with Offsite

As a distance learner, you can use 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 sign up for postal loans if you want to request books by mail.

The video below provides a short introduction to the Offsite Service:

Useful Tools

There are many useful tools and apps that can be used to support your learning. These are just a few examples.
Plus Icon Blackboard mobile apps

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.

Plus Icon Skype

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.

Plus Icon Prezi

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.

Plus Icon Mural

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.

Plus Icon Twitter

Twitter is a social media tool that can help you to keep up to date with news and current affairs in your field of study. Many government bodies, institutions and other organisations have twitter feeds you could choose to follow. 

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