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Digital Technology for Students

Information

For information about your time at the University of Reading, important updates and details about your studies, you will have access to our Student Portal, Me@Reading;

This will be available to you up to 24 hours after completing your enrolment and collecting your university username and password.

Our Student Essentials pages are a brilliant resource, with information about every part of your University life. A great first point of reference for any questions or issues you might have.

Communications

To keep in touch with your University academic staff, support services and peers, you will be provided with access to Outlook via Me@Reading and Office365. Your email account comes with a calendar, and standard Outlook functionality.

It's important that you use your Outlook email account to check for invitations to meetings and sessions from your department. These will be sent to your University email address and whilst we operate online may contain important links to join virtually.

There is chat functionality available in Microsoft Teams that you might find useful for "live" conversations with other members of the University

Depending on your department, you may be invited to meetings with members of staff on Microsoft Teams. These are easy to join, just click the link in your invitation email.

You may be required to book online sessions with your lecturer/tutor, you will be sent any links required to your university email address.

Online teaching

Your school will be in touch with you to confirm how you will receive any online teaching this year, it is likely that your sessions will be delivered via Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft Teams.

There are apps available for both systems and you may wish to download these in advance of term and MS Teams app through O365:

Module Information and Assessments

Blackboard is a vital tool in your student journey. You can use the Blackboard app, or via your smartphone or device. You will be asked to submit assignments through Turnitin. A great video explaining how to use Blackboard can be found on our Student Essentials webpages

Our Teaching & Learning teams have put together lots of resources on using Blackboard and these can be found here:

Blackboard Ally is an add-on to Blackboard Learn, which focuses on making digital course content more accessible to all students. You will be able to download your course content in the format that fits best with your learning needs. PDF, HTML, .EPUB and Audio files are now available for most content items

Each member of University staff will use Blackboard in their own way. For specific questions about online course content, please contact your lecturer/tutor. For general queries (e.g. enrolment in Blackboard courses) contact your Student Support Centre.

Student Records

The RISIS portal provides access to your student records. This is essential information you will need throughout your studies and gives access to important services such as enrolment, viewing your exam timetables and paying your University fees.

Teaching Timetable

 Your Teaching Timetable is available to view via Me@Reading.

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