Watching lecture recordings
Students will be advised by their departments as to how to access recorded material. In the majority of cases links to recordings will be available within Blackboard Learn or the department’s virtual learning environment. Recordings using Panopto will also be accessible from the Panopto site. Further information about using Panopto is available on the ICT website.
The College Guidelines on Audio and Video Lecture Recording are available online; please read for more information, including the rules on sharing of recorded materials.
Outside of lectures, tutorials, lab classes, group work and time spent in the library and socialising, you will find that a lot of time is spent on independent study and learning.
Fortunately, many of the resources you need for studying can be found online. You can:
- Access lecture presentations and resources on Blackboard
- Watch lecture recordings on Panopto
- Read journals and e-journals via the Library
- Write essays, literature reviews and lab books
- Review lecture notes and cross-reference with new material
- Revise for exams or problem sheets
- Access previous exam papers and example questions
- Take online tests and quizzes
- Contribute to discussions online
Online tools can be a huge advantage to assist with all of the above, but they can also be a distraction and a hinderance. Here are a few tips for working online:
When working online, close down tabs in your browser that aren't needed - they will only serve as a distraction, particularly if it's Twitter or Facebook. Be focused on what you're trying to achieve.
Verify your sources - Wikipedia can be a good place to start for an overview of a topic or theory but always follow up with textbooks, journal articles or websites that are referenced.
Google Scholar is a service which uses Google to search scholarly resources. The library can provide training and workshops on how to use Google Scholar.
Be sure you have the required software and hardware. Making sure that you have the proper Internet connection, and software installed is essential. Don’t let a piece of software or hardware prevent you from completing your work. If you need help, contact ICT.
Find a system that works for you - Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote - all of these programs offer solutions to create, save and access documents on multiple devices. Experiment and choose the one that works for you. They are particularly useful if you don't have your own PC.
Your department or the Library should be able to provide more guidance and training on learning online. For more information about accessing e-resources, have a look at the Library information.