Get support with starting University and learning online

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  • 23 September 2020
  • 5 min read
Starting university can be a wonderful and exciting experience - but it's also natural to feel nervous about the challenges involved. 

By completing these new online modules you’ll have a good idea of what to expect and how best to prepare for this new chapter of your life. If you’re returning to university you'll also benefit from brushing up before the start of term.

New modules to help you

Transitioning to University

The 'Transitioning to University' module contains around 2 hours of interactive online content and activities that will help you explore areas that can help you achieve a smoother, more confident transition into Higher Education. It looks at what you can expect from your HE experience and how it may differ from your prior learning, along with expectations of you and the skills you will need to develop.

How to Learn Online

The 'How to Learn Online' module contains around 2 hours of interactive online content and activities that will help you explore key themes such as effective management of your studies, best practices for learning digitally, communication and collaboration, development of core academic skills and tips for assessments.

Accessing the modules

To do the modules, you’ll need to log onto Moodle - the University's virtual learning environment which hosts course learning materials and activities. Moodle is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. You can access your course and module learning materials from Moodle via smartphone, laptop or desktop computer.

  • Login to Moodle using your new University login credentials. If you have not already activated your student account, please do so here. Your username will consist of "UP" followed by your Student ID number (for example, UP1234567).
  • The dashboard page of Moodle will be displayed, listing your course and the modules you are enrolled on. Click your course page from the links provided. 
  • The Arrival Support section is the second section of your course page, with lots of useful about coming to campus and starting the year. Press the small purple triangle to expand the section.
  • The three modules appear in the blue boxes - simply follow the instructions under How to Get Started to access the content.

The Countdown and Connect Challenge is another module which gives you the chance to connect or reconnect with other students and with your course, win great prizes, and get inspiration for putting your best foot forward for the year ahead. This module forms part of the challenge.

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