No matter which campus you attend or if you study remotely, you can access support to help with your studies.
The University has a range of resources that can help you with general study skills and exam tips, as well as those that can help with course and subject-specific issues.
If you learn more effectively by interacting with people, there are also opportunities to speak directly to academic support services and receive one-on-one assistance online.
More than just buildings full of books, many of the University’s library resources are also available online, including eJournals, eBooks, as well as a variety of databases and course readings.
The library also offers classes and workshops – both in person and online – as well as virtual tours of the physical libraries themselves, so that you are well acquainted with the facilities in advance.
Academic Learning Support
Supporting your study wherever you need us
If you’re after some independent feedback on your academic writing, regardless of your campus or study method, a Learning Advisor can help via an email consultation (eConsult).
Simply make an e-Consult appointment via CareerHub to secure a place in the queue and submit a sample of draft material. Open Foundation students studying online should email their work to the Enabling Pathways Learning Advisors. In your submission be sure to include your specific query along with the assignment instructions and marking criteria.
A Learning Advisor will respond within two working days, via your student email, offering insights into your work – although please note that an eConsult is not an editing or proof-reading service.
Our team of Learning Advisors have created a suite of online learning resources covering a wide range of areas:
- Study Skills including exam prep, word skills, study planners, etc.
- Taking control of your assignments
- Writing skills
- English Language skills
- Maths and Stats skills
- Graduate resources
- Guides for Enabling Pathways students
Online PASS Interactive Sessions are the same as on-campus PASS sessions, just online, making some courses accessible to students who study off-campus and students who find it difficult to fit on-campus sessions into their schedule.
NUPrep Bridging and Refresher courses
The NUPrep courses are designed to support you in your future and current studies regardless of your previous level of education. Courses are free for all current students at the University of Newcastle. There are a suite of open online courses that can be done anywhere, anytime at your pace.
e-Learning courses have been designed for University of Newcastle students in collaboration with UK based company EPIGEUM and are the first programs of their kind that are designed to support your transition into and throughout your University degree. The below e-Learning courses are free for University of Newcastle students and provide you with a certificate of completion for your personal portfolio.
- Academic Success
- English for Academic Studies
- Consent Matters
- Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
- Cultural Competence Program
More online support services
Indicating the source of information or ideas cited or discussed in your work, as well as giving the location of quotes, is a crucial aspect of assessments.
So understanding and being able to accurately reference is a skill you need to master. But with a variety of referencing styles used, it’s can be a variety of skills.
The University has resources to help you better understand referencing, while the Library offers more in-depth information about referencing, including style guides.
Whether you need a quiet place to focus and hit the books, or are looking for a room where you can have a lively discussion for a group assignment, our campuses have a variety of spaces for your study requirements – whatever the time of day or night.
The libraries have silent, quiet and group study rooms available, with different levels of noise and interaction allowed in each.
Areas of the libraries at Callaghan and Central Coast, as well as parts of NeW Space, are accessible 24 hours a day, offering group study facilities, as well as places to prepare food and drink.
You can access these areas by simply swiping your student card.
To access other buildings outside the University’s hours of 7am and 9pm weekdays, or on weekends, you will need to apply by filling in the after-hours access notification form.
Between course readers, text books, the vast resources available through the Library, and the infinite amount of knowledge available on the internet, finding relevant, helpful sources for your specific area of study can be a challenge.
In fact, learning to be an effective researcher is a skill of its own, and one that you will need to learn during your time at uni.
The University offers resources to not only find the right material but improve your research skills as a whole.
If you have missed part of your lecture, or want to listen to one you attended again, most lectures are recorded using UONCapture.
To access UONCapture, login to UONline (Blackboard) and visit your course site.
You can also access UONCapture recordings from your mobile device, by downloading the Panopto app. Once downloaded, you will need to enter UONCapture’s URL in the top right corner of the app. Once logged in you will be able to access all of your courses’ recordings.
Download the Panopto app for your device:
All of your courses are supported by our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 'UONline'.
UONline provides access to a suite of online teaching and learning technologies including our Learning Management System, 'Blackboard'; Blackboard’s mobile app; collaboration tools (Blackboard Collaborate); text-matching services (Turnitin); and our Video Management System (UONCapture).
Students can access UONline in the student portal myUON by clicking on the ‘Blackboard UONline’ tile on the Launchpad.
You can access your courses from your mobile device by downloading the Blackboard student app. Once downloaded, you will be able to access each individual course site and associated course materials.
Download the Blackboard student app for your device:Introducing "Canvas" A new Learning Management System, Canvas, is coming soon.
From January 2022, Blackboard will be replaced with a new learning management system called Canvas. Semester 2 and Trimester 3 will be the last terms delivered in Blackboard, and Summer 1 will be the first term delivered in Canvas.
Why is it changing?
Canvas has a more consistent, intuitive user interface, providing you with a better learning experience. Your courses will be consistent to navigate allowing you time to focus on your studies.
Beyond the consistent approach, Canvas has some improved features including:
- A What-if grade – This allows you to enter a hypothetical grade in the Canvas Grades section to predict what mark you need in future assignments.
- Accessibility – Canvas is built with accessibility in mind. The built in Immersive Reader improves access and Canvas is committed to the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative.
- Canvas Calendar – this allows you to view due dates for all your courses in one place. You can subscribe to the calendar feed to import your Canvas Calendar to your preferred calendar.
- Canvas Community– The Canvas Community has a range of guides and support to help you in navigating Canvas.
- Canvas Student App – The app allows you to access courses and groups using a mobile device. Canvas provides a comparison of functions between the web version and app.
- Canvas Passport – Canvas offers students a self-paced course to learn everything you need to know about Canvas.
When will it change?
Semester 2 and Trimester 3 are the last terms to be delivered through Blackboard. For students enrolling in any term from Summer Term 1, courses will be hosted in Canvas.
What do I have to do?
If you have any material you want to keep, including notes, assignments, discussions, you should download them and save them now. Your contributions will not be retained in Blackboard after 31 December 2021. Keep in mind in future terms you may want to reference some previous assignment submissions, or contributions you made to a course. Make sure you download what you need now.
We will send through information on how to access and use Canvas when you start studying. We have also created this Introduction to Canvas for more information on the features and terminology of Canvas.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.