Learning online

For students

Depending on your unit of study, lecturers and teaching staff will be facilitating and supporting live, online sessions when face-to-face sessions, such as tutorials and seminars, are not able to be conducted.

Lectures are recorded in most cases so that students can access them remotely..

Your lecturers will likely use a mix of asynchronous (not in the same place at the same time) and synchronous (same place, same time) types of instruction in your units. Live, online sessions are an example of synchronous instruction, and that “same place” could be the Zoom platform, MS Teams or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra with everyone joining from the privacy of their own home/office, connecting online.

Blackboard Learning Management system is the first point of contact for all units. You will find links to your recorded lectures as well as any links to webinars, tutorials, online drop in etc in your unit.

Please remember that while learning online the University Charter of Students Rights and Responsibilities still applies.



Online learning tools

To get prepared for your unit activities, we recommend that you set up the following applications on your device of choice. In each case, your Unit Coordinator will advise what they’ll be using via Blackboard.

Library staff can assist with troubleshooting Uni-ID issues which are so important to accessing the UWA systems via askUWA or email: askuwa-lib@uwa.edu.au.

Multi-factor authentication (MFA)

MFA adds an extra layer of security to your UWA identity and data, and requires you to respond to an MFA “challenge” when accessing UWA services.

In a typical MFA setup, you’ll use an app on your smartphone to respond to this “challenge”, which will pop up with an alert notification when you try to log in to certain systems.

To get MFA set up for your account, please follow this guide, and further UWA-specific information is also available on the University’s MFA page.

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate builds on what the LMS already does, and allows for group video conferencing, file collaboration and more; no extra software or setup is required – if your unit is using this, then it’ll appear in Blackboard along with the unit’s other activities.


Zoom is a video conferencing platform that allows groups to meet up and discuss topics, in the same way many tutorial-type classes are currently run.

You can download the software from the Zoom site, and it’s also available for mobile devices and tablets – just check the app store. If you’re just joining a meeting, then no sign-up is required.

Watch the suggested videos and read the materials below to familiarise yourself with functions and features offered by Zoom.

If your personal laptop or desktop computer is not equipped with a webcam, various apps are available which allow you to use your smartphone’s camera and microphone instead.  Follow our guide.

Office 365

Sign into the Microsoft Portal with studentnumber@student.uwa.edu.au and get access to online versions of the Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.), and download the free Microsoft Office software for your personal devices.

Microsoft Teams

Teams have been created for all units, and allow for group discussion, file collaboration, and more.

Teams is available in a browser (you’ll need to log in with studentnumber@student.uwa.edu.au), which also gives you the option to download the software. As with Zoom, an app is also available for smartphones and tablets.

If your personal laptop or desktop computer is not equipped with a webcam, various apps are available which allow you to use your smartphone’s camera and microphone instead.  Follow our guide.

Azure Labs

Azure Labs allows you to connect directly to a virtual machine using your own PC, which is set up the same way as a workstation in one of the labs on campus. You’ll typically need a laptop or desktop for this, as most programs won’t run correctly using a smartphone or tablet.

If your unit is using Azure Labs, you’ll receive a link via your UWA student email advising you to activate your Lab – follow the instructions in the email, along with this guide. If you’re new to Azure Labs, an introductory video walkthrough is also available.

Remote access

Visit the Library’s Student email and collaboration tools page for information on connecting your student email with the essential UWA systems.

  • To access your UWA files on personal devices: UniDrive

  • To access systems restricted to the UWA network: UniConnect

Adobe Creative Cloud

While the free access period for Adobe Creative Cloud has ended, all students can still access Adobe applications via the UniDesk service. Details on how to access UniDesk are listed in the section below.


Create a Mathworks account using your UWA student email address and get free access to the MATLAB and Simulink software for your personal devices. Follow the setup guide below to get started:

MATLAB and Simulink Setup Guide [Students]


The UniDesk service allows you to remotely connect to laboratory and library computers from a personal device, in order to continue lab work and other general learning activities. This means you won’t need to install unit-specific software on your personal device – instead, you can connect remotely to one of the computers on campus, and everything’s ready to go.

Follow the setup guide below to get started.

UniDesk setup guide [Students]

Planning your studies and learning online

Your lecturers are able to email and post announcements in the unit they teach so make sure you have notifications enabled in Blackboard. It is paramount that you are receiving updates.

How to edit your Blackboard notification settings

Your lecturers are able to email and post announcements in the unit they teach so make sure you have notifications enabled in Blackboard. It is paramount that you are receiving updates.

How to edit your notification settings (Source Blackboard)

Manage the notification settings for all of your courses. From the menu next to your name in the page header, select Settings and then select Edit Notifications Settings.

Your institution controls if these options are available. If your institution has defined notification settings, those settings are used instead of your personal settings.

Edit Blackboard notification settings

  1. Edit General Settings: Select your email format—individual messages for each notification or daily digest—and the reminder schedule for due dates.
  2. Bulk Edit Notification Settings: Change the notification settings for all of your courses at once. You can select which notifications you want to receive and the delivery method.
  3. Edit Individual Course Settings: Change the notification settings for a single course.
  4. Edit Individual Organization Settings: Change the notification settings for a single organization.

Please check each session for start date/time and set yourself reminders. Online sessions will be quite different. They can be easy to forget. Set a few alarms on your personal devices. Give yourself plenty of time, to allow for any technical challenges.

If you do not have access to a digital device to do your studies, libraries are still open. Please see our COVID-19 FAQ for more details.

Learning preparation essentials
Make sure you have checked technical guides for the platform used in each unit. You will find various resources on our most commonly used platforms below. Please ensure you have tested audio/video in advance. Include this in your reminder email/announcement along with other information that your students need in order to come prepared (assignments, readings, etc.). Your unit coordinator/s will be in touch with you to outline the digital technology that will be used for their online delivery of lectures and classes. You can find information and tips below about some of the technologies that they may use.
Use a headset and a microphone
This provides a clear way to capture your voice, and allows you to more clearly hear conversations. You will be encouraged to participate in online group work or in Q&A.
Join from a location with a strong and stable internet connection
Reduce background noise by going to a private space. A wired connection is best. If you are using WiFi, then connect from your home.
Appearance matters
If you are working in groups, participate in online drop in, ensure you have a clean background (what is visible behind you in your physical location) to ensure that it’s appropriate/not distracting and use the blur function if available. Check your lighting conditions. Lastly, be aware of your behaviour. When you are on video, people can see what you are doing at all times. It can be easy to forget you’re on camera, so just be mindful.
Internet data requirements
Video conferencing – either via Teams or Zoom – typically uses anywhere from 500MB to 1000MB an hour, depending on camera quality settings, and whether you’re also joining with your own video or sharing your screen. While many home internet plans come with ‘unlimited’ data, mobile data plans (4G etc.) very rarely do.

To limit the amount of data you use while videoconferencing, turn off your camera when not speaking – this can cut your usage by almost 50%.

Online Exams

Visit the online exam support page for information on how to prepare for, and participate in, online exams.

Accessing support services

Book a Librarian

Book a Librarian

Librarians can help you search for information and answer any referencing questions. They can work with you to develop your search techniques and guide you in effectively using library resources. Book a Librarian for a one-to-one online consult.

STUDYSmarter Academic Skills consultations

Academic skills consultations

You can get expert, one-to-one help from UWA Academic Skills Advisers. Book now for a free 30-minute online consultation to improve writing, English or maths/stats skills, and get assignment feedback and relevant, timely, targeted advice.

Library support services

The Library can help you with finding and referencing information, using UWA IT systems like Pheme and LMS, and a whole lot more.

OneSearch is your essential portal to find information you will need for your assignments. See the Using OneSearch page or use the Chat with us chat box on the bottom-right of the OneSearch page to ask for help.

Unit Readings lists your essential readings for each unit you’re enrolled in. Access your reading list for each unit from the LMS. View this 40 second video for a quick guide. Ask your Unit Coordinator or the Library for help if you’re having any trouble with the Unit Readings system. 

Use the Library Survival Guides for quick, easy help with finding, using and referencing information for your academic work.

EndNote is a software tool that allows you to create and organise a database of your references, use the references in a Word document, and automatically format your in-text citations and create a bibliography in your chosen reference style. Visit the EndNote guide for a self-guided step-by-step EndNote Learning Pathway, which includes how to download and install the UWA-licensed software.

Visit the Library Contacts page to find the email details of Faculty Librarians for specialist research and learning support. Faculty Librarians can assist you with finding, using and referencing information relevant to your specific course of study.

UWA Students – Visit us virtually

UWA is still here to support you. We’re just online. You’ll find a range of links at UWA students, including:


If you have a question, you can also get in touch with Student Central or your Student Advising Office by:


For students who are completing research degrees, check out:

UWA Study Success

All UWA students now have access to the UWA Study Success LMS community. This brand-new community organisation is your guide to learning online at UWA. In it, you will find practical learning resources, study advice and key contacts to support you when you are studying remotely. The resources are being developed throughout the semester by UWA’s STUDYSmarter, Library, Transition and other support teams. Catch up on your orientation, or dive right into one of the Study Success modules:

  • Getting started
  • Tackling first assessments
  • Staying on track
  • Reflection and feedback
  • Completing major assessments
  • Preparing for exams
  • End-of-semester checklist

We post new content every two weeks, so check in regularly.


With Studiosity you can post study queries online 24/7, chat live when you have a study question, and get assignment feedback on your draft for any assignment. Access your Studiosity account via Blackboard LMS.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning provides access to online learning modules on lots of software tools including Teams and Zoom.

Your access to LinkedIn Learning is activated by adding your UWA email to your LinkedIn Profile.