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
- Consent Matters
- Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
- Cultural Competence Program
Introducing "Canvas" A new Learning Management System, Canvas, is coming soon.
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 Panopto.
Panopto is easy to use technology for the review of recorded course and lecture video content.
Classrooms on campus are already equipped with lecture capture technology and include a 'Busylight' to let you know when your class is being captured.
Benefits of Panopto
- Automated: To support the University's Lecture Recording 'All-in' Policy (updated Jan 2019), all of your timetabled 'Lectures' will be recorded in equipped classrooms.
- Versatile: All projected content in the classroom can be captured. Captures are processed into an interactive web format as well as audio and video podcasts that can be watched on any device.
- Integrated: Content is published to your Canvas course site(s) as part of your course materials.
- Searchable: Content is automatically indexed so that you can find and fast-forward to words that are mentioned in the lecture, displayed on-screen, or that appear anywhere else in the video.
A link will be available on your Canvas course menu - titled "Panopto". This link provides you with access to all of the course captures.
If you cannot see the link on the course menu, or you are having trouble finding the recordings, please check with your Course Coordinator in the first instance to inquire whether lectures are available or if they are being captured for your course.
Panopto Mobile App
The Panopto Mobile application allows you to stream or download your course and lecture video content to your mobile devices.
Download the Panopto Mobile App for your mobile device:
Frequently Asked Questions
What devices can I use to view captures?
The short answer is that any device that has access to the internet and has a web browser can be used to view captures.
Do I need to be connected to the Internet to view captures?
Yes and No. If you wish to use Panopto's features such as: notes, bookmarks and discussions you will require an Internet connection.
If you want to download captures to view offline you can do so by subscribing to RSS feeds or directly downloading the capture from Panopto. Please contact your Lecturer or Course Coordinator in the first instance if you are unable to download captures as they may have disabled this feature
Why are parts of the capture missing?
There are a couple of reasons as to why some of the capture may be missing:
- The content has been edited by the Lecturer or Course Coordinator
- Content has been removed to adhere to copyright
- Your Lecturer may have requested that the capture not take place
Please contact your Lecturer or Course Coordinator in the first instance to discuss what has happened to the capture
When will a capture become available in Canvas?
Captures will become available anywhere between 3 and 24 hours after the end of your lecture. Your Course Coordinator can decide to delay the release of captures until a specific date or time.
Please contact your Lecturer or Course Coordinator in the first instance to discuss when the capture will be available
In January 2022, Blackboard was replaced with a new learning management system called Canvas.
Why the change?
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.
- Passport to Canvas – Canvas offers students a self-paced course to learn everything you need to know about Canvas. Self enrol to get started.
Once your 2022 courses are available, you will see these listed on your Canvas Dashboard when you log in.
Information on how to access and use Canvas will be provided to you when you start studying. We have also created this Introduction to Canvas for more information on the features and terminology of Canvas.
If you require access to your previous 2021 teaching course content, log into Canvas. You will find a bulk migration of previous content, on the left-hand side menu under ‘Courses’.
The migrated course content versions have not been checked and styled for consistency and course delivery. They will appear different to the courses you enrol into for 2022 but provide a reference point for you to review your 2021 content if needed. The migrated sites do not contain your assignment submissions or contributions and are a reference for content only.
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