Online study resources to help you when self isolating

Now the University has moved to remote teaching across all campuses (with the exception of the Tonbridge Centre) and the government telling us to stay home, that means remote studying and lots of it.

Studying is stressful at the best of times but when you cannot attend lectures or physically access a library that can make it worse. The University are determined to support you through this period and we have put together a guide on the online resources we have available to help you through your studies.

Your academic school will give you additional programme and module-specific information. So please check with them.

Moodle

Moodle is the Virtual Learning Environment for the University of Kent. This is where you will find your course materials such as handouts, lecture notes and PowerPoint presentations. Your tutors may use Moodle in more interactive ways such as discussion forums, chat rooms, quizzes and assignment drop-boxes. You can also submit your assignments here.

KentPlayer

KentPlayer can also be used to ‘live stream’ lectures, so you can access it from any device that is web-enabled. Your module convenor will let you know how and when they will be using KentPlayer to deliver lectures. Tutors can record their lectures and upload them to this platforms for you watch via Moodle.

Blackboard Ally

Just know as Blackboard, this platform gives you access to alternative versions of files and resources in Moodle. For example you could have your lecture slides read aloud by choosing the mp3 output option.

Library

Although the library is closed they have an abundance of online material that can help you with your studies. You are more than welcome to email them at helpdesk@kent.ac.uk or you can call the staff at Templeman on 01227 824999 or Drill Hall at 01634 88 3278. Alternatively you can chat to them on our web pages

If you need in-depth subject support from your liaison librarian, please email helpdesk@kent.ac.uk for Templeman and dhl-librarians@gre.ac.uk for Drill Hall.
There is also a digital library services which can connect you with the resources you need, wherever you are, such as e-books, e-journals, databases and newspapers. There is detailed guidance on how to do this on the IS library resources web pages.

As well as the resources in your Digital Library a number of suppliers of academic resources have made content freely available to support remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft Teams

You can also use Teams which is an online space where you can chat to fellow students, share files, attend seminars, take part in meetings and work collaboratively. It gives you online access from anywhere, on any device: No need to use the VPN.