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Connected learning

On this page we look to provide some basic guidance around how to get started and learn effectively online as your tutors switch to teaching in a digital format.

UCL is committed to providing a high-quality learning experience for students in 2020-21.  This will include a mixture of online and face-to-face activities. Some of these will take place at specific times that you will need to attend either in person or remotely (synchronous) and some you will be able to access at a time that suits you, with deadlines for completion (asynchronous).  You will need a diverse set of skills to navigate this new learning landscape and this page aims to point you at the resources you need to develop them.

Getting started

If you are new to UCL or are getting set up for the first time, visit the IT Essentials for new students page for details of how to set access your email, connect to online services, save your work and much more. 

If you need to brush up on your digital skills then the Digital Skills Development pages can point you digital skills courses, live online training sessions and drop ins for individual queries.

Moodle – your connected learning hub

Moodle is UCL's digital learning environment. Each one of your Modules will have a Moodle site where you can access learning materials, participate in online activities and submit assignments.  There are also courses that anyone can join like the Connected Learning at UCL course.  Find out more about Moodle with our Moodle Quick Start Guide

Digital academic content

Sometimes you will be asked to complete certain tasks to prepare yourself to take part in other activities.  This may include recorded lectures, online reading lists and other digital content to work through at your own pace, often within a deadline for completion.

Recorded lectures will usually be provided via Moodle using LectureCast, our lecture capture service.  Find out more with our LectureCast Student Guide.

ReadingLists@UCL provides access to your online reading lists via Moodle and gives you easy access to learning materials wherever you are.

Box of Broadcasts is an online repository with recorded content from free-to-air television channels which you can use to find programmes and create clips to cite in your work.

Face-to-face sessions

Small group sessions such as seminars, tutorials or backup sessions will take place either in person on campus or online using tools such as Blackboard Collaborate. 

If you have scheduled activities in person or online these will be added to your UCL timetable which you can access online or via the UCLGo! App.

Find out more about Blackboard from the Blackboard Resource Centre

Online discussions

You may be asked to participate in online discussions. You can usually do this at times that suit you but you may be expected to contribute during a particular timeframe.  These will often take place using Moodle Forums and you can find out more about these from the Using Forum guidance provided by Moodle.

Tutorials, supervisions and other one-to-one meetings

These may take place in person on campus or online.  Microsoft Teams is the recommended platform for one-to-one meetings.  Find out more from the MS Teams support site.

Keeping in touch

Email remains an important channel of communication and the main way that you will be contacted by central services such as IT Services, the Library, Student Support and Wellbeing and your department so it is vital that you check it regularly.

Submitting your work

Assignments are often submitted via Moodle using a tool called Turnitin which checks your work for plagiarism.  To find out more about how this works you can use the Plagiarism and Academic Writing for students course.

You may need to scan your work for submission of drawn or handwritten content.  We recommend using Microsoft Lens for this.  You can find out more on our Lens resource page.

Further guidance

For further guidance on all of the tools and services mentioned above and much more, visit our Connected Learning at UCL course on Moodle.  Here you will also find tips on how to learn and study more productively and how to engage effectively in online activities.