Preparing for your course

Getting Started

Before your course begins there are a number of things you can do to ensure a smooth start to your learning.

Find out more about how to access the various features provided by MyBeckett.

Your learning content consists of media-rich webpages, audiovisual content and files to download. The following are the minimum requirements. Complete technical requirements are detailed in the Digital Learning team guidance on Essential Browsers, Software and Plugins.

  • Broadband Internet connection with speed of 2mbps or more
  • Chrome v63 or higher (recommended) or Edge v42+, Firefox v57+, Safari v12 or above
  • Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader enabled
  • Windows OS 7 or higher
  • Minimum screen size of 1024 x 768

View the full Technical Requirements Guide.

See also the Digital Learning team guidance on Essential Browsers, Software and Plugins.

Your 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.

New Students: Make the most of your library

As a Leeds Beckett student you have access to a great deal of resources and support. Our Library provides full guidance on what is available to you, how to access resources and software, and online help to get yourself set up ready to begin your studies. This guide is a good place to start with the most helpful links as you being your student journey.

Office 365

Your Office 365 package provides access anytime, anywhere, and on any device for the duration of your studies at Leeds Beckett. It includes five free licences to install Microsoft Office on your personal computer and devices (phones, tablets, Netbooks, laptops) and a generous 1TB of cloud storage for your university files.

You have access to Microsoft Office 365 products including Microsoft Office Online – Word, PowerPoint, Excel and also OneNote, OneDrive, and online apps such as Sway. Your Office 365 package includes a full range of inclusive and accessible tools which help to make your study-life easier and are developing all the time.

As a student you have access to G Suite, a range of communication and collaboration applications (also known as Google Apps). There are several component apps in the suite, such as Drive, Docs, Meet and YouTube. Sign in to G Suite with your student email address and university password.

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. You’ll also find details of how to sign up for postal loans if you want to request books by mail.

Useful tools

There are many useful tools and apps that can be used to support your learning. We recommend you use the full Office 365 suite and the apps that work well with it, particularly because of the excellent built-in inclusivity across the suite. These are just a few other examples you might like to try:

We use Skype for Business as our primary telephone and video call system. As a student you have access too and might find it particularly useful for its desktop sharing capabilities to collaborate with your fellow students. Your tutors may use Skype to contact you (using your student email account).

This guide provides a video tutorial showing you how to get started and a useful list of the functionality and types of things you can do in Skype.

Microsoft Teams is a platform where you can work together on projects. There are plenty of functions to help share ideas, store files, create audio or video online team meetings and many more. Your module tutors use Teams for many of your discussions, debates, and online lectures, and for meetings instead of Skype. It has excellent collaboration tools and integrated accessibility so you can engage fully in the way that you might prefer to work.

Support and guidance for Microsoft Teams is provided by our IT Support Team.

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.

Our Library and IT Services teams use Twitter extensively to keep our students up to date and provide service announcements - you don’t need to sign up to be able to see their tweets.

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.

You can find links to the app and Help videos in the online Library help topics.

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.