getting started with UDo, your online student portal video transcript

Let's take a look around UDO, your student portal. To access it through the web go to derby.ac.uk, scroll to the bottom of the webpage and in the bottom right hand corner is a link titled UDO. This link will take you to your student portal. Your login details would have been sent to you by email once you had enrolled. If you don't know your login details please contact your online learning advisor who is your main point of contact throughout your studies. Once you've logged in the first thing you'll see is the UDO homepage. In here you'll see a range of tiles which you can use to access a number of useful features such as course resources where your study materials are and studying online which provides support and guidance. Let's click on the course resources tile. In here you can access your programs and modules and any new announcements relating to your learning. Within course resources you'll find a link to your programs. Click on one of these links and it will take you to your program home page. You'll see a menu to the left-hand side of the screen and in here you'll find all the key sources of information for your program. These include a welcome from your academic lead, staff contact information and your program handbook. The main part of the screen contains noticeboards. Keep a lookout here for new announcements and notifications about your program. You can also access the program community area which provides you with a great opportunity to talk online with other students on your program. Do go in and introduce yourself and see who else is on your program. At any time you can click on the home button in the top menu to go back to the course resources area. Your program will contain several different modules. From here you can see a list of the individual modules you're enrolled on. There is a separate area for each module which has its own homepage laid out in a similar way to the program homepage. If we select a module you can see again that there's a menu to the left and the main part of the screen contains spaces for announcements and spaces to remind you of assignment deadlines making it easier to manage your workload. From the menu on the left the first link will take you back to the module home page. Below that is announcements followed by module information. The support contact section provides details of the allocated academic for this particular module, your subject librarian and your online learner advisor. You'll access the learning activities section most often. It's where you'll find your learning content and activities for the module. If you go into this area you can see at the top of the page that there is an introduction to the module. Below this is a list of folders called units. Your module is split into units so that you can go through it in a manageable and easier to digest sections of information. Usually one unit per week there will be an introduction to each unit, a link to the unit learning content and an end of unit activity. If you select the link to the unit learning content for one of your units you can then navigate around it by selecting a section in the table of contents or clicking the arrow to move on to the next page. To help you organize your desktop you can choose to hide the menu, showing it again when you need it. In here you'll see a variety of formats of material, web and document links videos, audio files, presentations and diagrams. You'll be asked to undertake tasks and activities as you go through these. Next on the left-hand menu of the module page is reading lists. This is where you'll access your digital reading list. The digital reading list contains the details of all the required reading for the module such as ebooks and online journals which are available through the University Library. There are also some support documents in here to help you with using digital reading lists and electronic resources. Below the reading list tab groups. In here you'll be able to access any module groups your tutor may have allocated to you this is particularly used in modules with large numbers of students to help you collaborate and form communities with your peers. Following on from this is the community space. Much like the community space at program level this area provides the tools to enable you to communicate online with your academic and other students who are studying your module. In here there'll be links to forums, wiki's and blogs. These are great ways to get to know your peers, discuss course related topics and ask your academic a question. The community space is also the area where you'll find links to live online seminars which will be conducted throughout your course. By attending online seminars you'll be able to meet virtually with your academic and interact with your peers as if you are physically in a lecture theatre or workshop together. Your academic will let you know in advance when they'll be running these sessions and the link to these sessions will be placed within the community space but don't worry if you can't attend. These sessions are recorded so you can watch them later. The final menu item is the assessment area which contains the details of the assessment requirements for your module. All modules follow the same kind of format so once you have navigated around one you'll know exactly what you're doing. If you are unsure about something once again please do not hesitate to get in touch. Your online learner advisor should be your main point of contact for general inquiries about your course. Your academic can help you with specific inquiries about their modules and should you need technical support you can contact the IT Service Desk. To support you throughout your studies with us you will also have access to the Central University services such as student well-being, the student union and IT. You can find out more about these by going back to the main UDO portal. Finally the contact us tile provides you with information on all the different ways you can contact us for support specific to your online studies, from telephone to email. That completes our tour of UDO. Your student portal. You can always return to the getting started section within the studying online tile to revisit this video and other resources which you'll find useful as you're getting used to the online environment. We wish you all the best with your studies here at the University of Derby online learning.

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