Learning online

At UWA, you can study anywhere. anytime.

Learning online can be a great way of learning as you can work at your own pace, set your own schedule and work from any location. To keep you engaged, on track and improve how you learn online, we’ve created specific resources and services to help you achieve your goals.

Bring your own device

UWA is digitising your learning and teaching environments.

From Semester 1 2024, many of the computers in labs and libraries across our campuses will be removed to allow for virtual access to UWA’s systems and applications.

You’ll be required to bring your own device to campus and access systems though a web-based portal using your Pheme login. 


  • The virtual desktop can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, both on campus and off.
  • Greater flexibility and faster access to specialised software from your device.
  • Creates a better user experience with more reliable upgrades to UWA’s systems. 
  • Lab spaces can be scaled up for a wider range of teaching and learning experiences. 


To ensure equitable education, longer-term loan laptops are available for students who in financial need and unable to access a device. If you require support, request a device by submitting an online form.

Frequently asked questions

  • What type of device am I required to have?

    A laptop or tablet will work fine , as long as you have access to Wi-Fi . The virtual desktop will be accessible from personal devices running Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android operating systems.

  • How do I connect my device to Unifi and the virtual desktop?

    Follow these get tech-ready to study steps or visit any Library Information Desk for help connecting to Unifi. Once connected, you will automatically have access to the virtual desktop and its applications.

  • What if I use a specific program to complete my studies that isn’t available via the virtual desktop? 

    A limited number of computer labs will remain with specialised operating systems that can’t be virtualised. This includes labs running macOS or high-end hardware.

  • What should I do if I don't have access to a device?

    UWA's SOS IT Equipment Scheme provides help to students who are in financial need. The Scheme offers either a loan laptop, available for the duration of a teaching semester, or a limited number of laptops for permanent ownership. To request a loan or permanent device, submit an online application form.

  • I forgot to bring my device to campus, what should I do?

    Laptops will be available for short term loan from the Reid and Barry J Marshall Libraries. You will be able to loan a laptop for the duration of the day (same day return) by swiping your Campus Card to check out and return the device.

  • Will I still have access to the MS Windows applications?

    Yes, all UWA students will still have access to a Microsoft Office 365 subscription for your device.

  • Where can I go if I have further questions about a device or the virtual desktop?

    You can contact UWA Library for support in connecting your device and accessing applications or bring your device in to any Library Information Desk.

It’s easy to connect

UWA’s online environment makes it easy for you to connect with learning resources, other students and staff. You can also use UWA’s online platforms to revisit lessons, explore resources in depth and engage in deep learning.

Your key online learning platforms are:

Online learning etiquette

Video: How to use LMS

Blackboard LMS

Blackboard LMS, or simply “LMS”, is where you’ll find all the content for your units along with any online learning activities. LMS is a fully-integrated digital learning environment, where you can:

  • Get unit information, resources and updates
  • Complete assessments, use Turnitin and get feedback
  • Communicate and collaborate with others

To access the LMS, we recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, or download and use the Blackboard App where you’ll find some useful guides.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Within your LMS, you’ll find Blackboard Collaborate Ultra which has your links to access online lectures, tutorials and workshops. Collaborate Ultra guides provide helpful advice for participating in activities and downloading recordings. If you need to participate in audio and video activities, but don’t have a webcam or camera and microphone enabled on your laptop or desktop computer, you can use an App which allows you to use your smartphone as a webcam.

Self-directed online learning [PDF]


Recordings for your lectures can also be found in Echo360 (UWA's Lecture Capture System). If this is the case, you’ll find links to view or download lecture recordings in your units’ LMS content folders or left-hand navigation menu, or via the Tools link from your LMS landing page.

Echo360 has a useful feature to help you take notes while you are listening.

Microsoft Teams

Some of your units may use Teams to deliver online classes, and to allow for group discussion, file collaboration, and more. To ensure Teams runs smoothly for your UWA sessions, download the Teams App to your desktop, laptop or mobile device, and sign-in using your Uni-ID (your student email and Pheme password). If you can’t download the Teams App, you can use the latest version of a browser such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium), but interactivity tends to be limited in many other browsers. For more tips, see the quickstart guide.

IT support is here!

There are many ways to get IT and printing support, and you can contact the Library for technical assistance.

For remote access, the UniConnect VPN service will enable you to access systems restricted to the UWA network. The UniDesk service will allow you to remotely connect to laboratory and library computers from a personal device, so that you can access specialist software where licences permit.

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