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.
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 full guide linked below.
- Broadband Internet connection with speed of 2mbps or more
Chrome v63 or higher (recommended) or Edge v42+, Firefox v57+, Safari v6+
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.
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 Office 365 package includes a range of accessibility tools.
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 a selection of tools and apps.
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 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:
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 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.