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Studying Remotely

A quick guide for Students

This is a quick guide from West College Scotland on things you can do, if you need to study remotely. The College will keep you up to date through social media channels if we all need to work from home.

Remember you can access MyDay from any internet enabled device - the MyDay app is also available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This gives you access to Moodle, ClickView and a range of online help and support.

You should check now that you remember your user name and password for our College systems and that you know your College email address and password. Check that these are working now. You will need these to work remotely.

Your tutor will message you to let you know of any specific arrangements for your class.

This may include;

  • some additional material in your Moodle course

  • a discussion forum to let you work collaboratively with your classmates

  • and perhaps some webinars so you can continue to meet online as a class.

Go to the college Moodle and make sure you can log in from any device.

Microsoft 365 and Email

Remember you can access your email and Microsoft 365 by using your college email address and password.

Go to and make sure you can login to your office365 account.

A platform that your tutors may use for webinars is Zoom. You could have some fun and ask the tutor to run a webinar and make sure you can connect.

Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.

Why free version of Zoom?

  1. It is accessible and scalable.

  2. You can deliver to up to 100 learners in 40 minute chunks - this would be more difficult in a Skype call.

  3. With your permission we can record webinars.

  4. It works across all platforms including mobile devices.

  5. There are videos to walk you through the Zoom set up process below.

  6. If you need more support you can access webinars directly from ZOOM who provide weekly training sessions.

What you need

  1. You need access to a reliable internet service.

  2. Zoom works on most devices.

  3. As a minimum you need a microphone and speakers - these will often be built into your device.

  4. A camera on your mobile phone, laptop, desktop, tablet or other device will allow your tutor to see you but is not essential.

Ask your tutor !

It would be fun and practical to try and run a session through ZOOM with your class now.

The guide below will help your tutor add a webinar facility to your on-line course in Moodle.

There is a rich set of resources available on YouTube that will guide you through setting up and using Zoom to support you and regular online training conferences you can drop into.

We hope this brief guide is useful and supports access to our remote systems and the adoption of Zoom.

Remember too we are not the only organisations making these sensible preparations.

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