Student User Guides

Advice to staff: If you’d like to use the guidance below for your students’ benefit, copy the hyperlink to the guides – rather than downloading and uploading guides to your course. By doing so your students will always have the most recent versions of these documents.

Learning Online

Online Assessment
Open Book exams
Online exams (off campus)
Online submission of coursework
  • For guidance on how to submit coursework online please see Turnitin section below
Blackboard (Bb)

Blackboard (Bb) is an application for online teaching, learning, community building, and knowledge sharing. You can use any theory or model for teaching your online course because Blackboard Learn is open, flexible, and centred on student achievement.

Bb Tests/Exams

If your course includes or is assessed by a timed test/exam or the type of exam is a multiple-choice or short answer type assessment, it is most likely that the assessment is delivered to you via the Blackboard (Bb) Test tool. Below are some useful how to guides:

  • Cadmus provides help to students via the Cadmus Support icon in the bottom right corner of every Cadmus page.

    The Cadmus Help Docs website has a section for students containing an introduction, working in Cadmus, submitting, grades and feedback, drafts, and FAQs.

Class Collaborate

Class Collaborate is an online meeting room software which is embedded into your Blackboard courses. Collaborate may be used to host meetings, run online lectures, seminars, academic advising meetings, drop ins or other. To learn more about the system, take a look at help pages below:


Gradescope is an alternative submission tool.  This video shows you how to submit your work via GradeScope:


VoiceThread is a tool within Blackboard to facilitate digital media rich discussions. It also allows your teachers to set assignments where media rich (such as video) submissions can be submitted. If you are asked to use VoiceThread or complete a VoiceThread assignment and need instructions, take a look at the guides below:

VoiceThread User Guide for Students (‘new’ style Assignments – available from October 2020)

VoiceThread Group Presentations [staff and students]
This guide outlines the process for staff to set up VoiceThread for students to work collaboratively in groups, and also how students – if required – submit their group VoiceThread for assessment.

How to Access VoiceThread [staff and students]
This guide explains the way to log into VoiceThread. It covers VoiceThreads that are not associated with any Blackboard course, and also what to do if Blackboard is unavailable.

How to Share a VoiceThread:
Your lecturer may ask you to share your VoiceThread. This guide explains how to share.

Submitting a VoiceThread to a Blackboard Assignment:
You might be required to submit a VoiceThread to a Blackboard assignment. This guide takes you through that process.

There are three types of VoiceThread Assignment you might be asked to submit. You can watch this short video to see each of the three assignment types, or you can read about each type using the following links:

VoiceThread Identity: How to Add or Amend a Profile Picture
You can upload a photo or picture as your VoiceThread Identity (profile picture) to replace the default initials.

Submitting Video Assignments/Assessments

Please see this guidance on submitting videos to the Video Portal and adding them to Blackboard:

Videos should **not** be uploaded into Blackboard!

Microsoft Teams

MS Teams is a versatile online platform designed to facilitate collaborative working. Set up a group chat with other students on your course to ask questions and share ideas or resources.

Find out more

Please see this student guide to Microsoft Teams:

Tools to Build Student Community

Please find information on tools which you can use to communicate and work with other students.

Find useful advice on developing student communities from our Students as Partners on the Student Support page here from FBMH.

Student-led Activities Overview


Student-led activities

Download here: Student-led activities


Zoom is a widely used online conferencing tool.

Set up weekly study sessions and ask others studying on your programme if they want to join. Use the time to discuss any problems you’re having.

Find out more



Wakelet enables you to save, share and organise content from across the web.

Set up a Wakelet board for your module and share with other students so you can share useful resources.

Find out more


OneNote is a digital notebook which can be shared with groups and worked on collaboratively.

Set up a OneNote and invite others to join. Use it to share notes from lectures or to work together on projects.

Find out more


Padlet allows you to create and share collaborative digital pin boards.

Set up a Padlet board and share the link with classmates. Ask and answer each other’s course-related questions. You can choose to keep the board anonymous if you want.

Get Started with Padlet

Social Media

The range of platforms is ever-growing.

Set up a class chat in Whatsapp, or a group in Facebook. Just bear in mind that not everyone on the course might want to or be able to create an account and as a result, an option such as Microsoft Teams might be more inclusive.

EdTech Students

The Humanities students network Edtech Students is a network of students interested in digital education and in getting involved in projects, activities and initiatives around online learning and digital education within the Faculty of Humanities.

The group is supported by the Humanities eLearning and Teaching Learning and Student Experience (TLSE) team.

If you like to sign up to our distribution list to be a member of the EdTech Student Network (Humanities) and receive information about current projects and initives go to EdTech Students Sign up.