Well before we go on, can we just say it is sort of – like a life support system while you are at UH. It knows who you are, what programme and what modules you’re on. It is very, very important!
Phew, now we’ve got that off our chest, let’s get on with the explanation…
StudyNet is the University’s student and staff intranet. In IT jargon it’s called a VLE – or ‘Virtual Learning Environment’. Let’s just say, if you don’t engage with StudyNet, you won’t engage with the University. It’s only accessible to members of UH, therefore it has loads of links you won’t get on the ordinary Internet.
It’s the means by which you know what modules you’re on, how you find out details about your courses, what your assignments are and when they are due in. It gives you the ability to submit assignment for assessment, to contact your tutors or find out that they are off sick and won’t be in today, find resources and information, including materials and links your tutors will put on StudyNet, which will be vital to your learning. Most importantly after the final examination boards for each semester your grades will appear on StudyNet.
Oh, and it’s not all academic information, there’s plenty of social stuff, for example, what’s on at The Forum. In fact, StudyNet’s pretty much vital to your survival at UH.
OK, StudyNet isn’t perfect (what is?) and it can be a little confusing at first but you can simplify the main screen, you can change the colour scheme and customise your homepage. But if you don’t use it regularly then you’ll miss out on, well, very important information, such as the outcome of assessment on your work.
There are messaging functions within StudyNet, where you can contact you tutors and other students on your modules. As with email messages please be sure to explain who you are, what level and course you’re on and what the precise issue is.
You can set up discussion groups with fellow students, store favourite websites, e-books, put up blogs and much more. The ‘Online Library’ link puts you in touch with loads of information sources which UH pays licences for. In other words you can’t get them via an everyday Google search. You need to be inside StudyNet to get access.
You can get to StudyNet from anywhere in the world (if you can remember your username and password!) And, naturally, remember the URL. Which is…