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Pre-Course Tasks (Level 6)

Hello, and welcome to The Learning Institute! 

These pre-course tasks will link to your early modules, and will give you an opportunity to test your ICT skills.  If you need any help accessing these materials, please contact

You can chat with fellow students via our BAAP group for 2022 applicants, and once you have registered with the University, via their virtual learning environment (VLE).

Activity 1: Summary Outline of the Course 

(a) Read the Summary Outline of the Course handout (link below), and make any notes that you feel are necessary.

(b) Set out any questions that you have.  You could email them to your Personal Academic Tutor or hold them until the Induction session.

Summary Outline of the Course

Activity 2: Review the Worcester Charter for Students 

The Student Handbook contains a section on the Worcester Charter for students; see Section 4 of the handbook via this link, which sets out the Student Charter.

This Charter sets out the implications of those commitments for the University, the Students’ Union and every student working together in a spirit of partnership.

Read the Charter carefully so that you have an understanding of what is expected of you as a student and what you should expect of others.

Activity 3: Community of Inquiry model 

(a) Watch this clip on the Community of Inquiry model.

It would also be useful to listen to this podcast containing an interview with Dr Garrison, particularly if you are less familiar with the Community of Inquiry framework.

Notice that in the podcast, Garrison explains that teaching presence is the responsibility of both tutors and students (11:00).

(b) As a learner, consider how you are going to embody each of the presences in face-to-face sessions and during online learning. Remember there are three modes for the latter: online teaching, critical engagement workshops, and tutor mediated online learning.

As you prepare for the start of the course capture your thoughts on this and make a commitment to action in relation to the three presences.

Activity 4: Digital skills and technology 

Review the technical specification of your computer and internet access. Though students can work with lower specifications than this we would recommend this specification for secure access to the online learning environment.

Activity 5: Review the two dissertation modules 

You are expected to make a choice between 2 dissertation modules. Anne has created a short narrated PowerPoint for you to watch.

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Think about this as you move towards the start of the year. There are two points of contact available if you want questions answered about these modules: 

BAAP3004 Research Project - Jo Cliffe 

BAAP3005 Social Enterprise Project - Louise Bennett

Activity 6: Set targets for the year 

(a) Now that you have completed these pre-course tasks, reflect on what you want to achieve this yearYou may want to begin this by

  • reviewing your own targets setting as a result of your most recent previous study
  • reflecting upon potential steps following graduation to identify what do you need to achieve in order to take these next steps

(b) Email a copy of the targets that you want to share with your Personal Academic Tutor.

Activity 7: Student SOLE page 

Review the Student Sole Page Demonstration to make sure you remember how to register. The SOLE demo is also on Blackboard. This is valuable for those who have not been students with UW in the past and will also remind those who have how to register. 

Use this PowerPoint for a demonstration of the SOLE page - you will need to click on the Slide Show tab at the top, and then click From Beginning. 

Activity 8: Timetable 

Do review the file Timetable dates 11/7/22. This does not yet show the tutors who will be teaching you, but does set out the date of each taught session and the deadlines for submission of each assignment.  

Please make sure you have these in your diaries now so that you can anticipate the times throughout the year when you will be needing to dedicate time to meeting deadlines for tutor mediated learning and submissions.  

Pay attention to the conference dates as you will be expected to travel for these on Friday afternoon to start at 4pm. These will finish by 4:30 on the Saturday. 

Activity 9: An overview of the various online resources you will use 

The student portal

As a University of Worcester (UW) student, you will use a range of different online resources, which will be available through the student portal, MyDay.

To access this:

  • Go to
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Students
  • Click on Login
  • Enter your UW email address and password - you will receive these details as part of a welcome letter from the University once you have accepted your offer

You can also download a MyDay app for Apple and Android.

It is possible to customise this screen using the Personalise button on the top right, so that you can remove shortcuts that are not relevant (e.g. the print and copy portal, as this is a facility for students based on the UW campus).

If you have any problems with your login details at any point, you will need to contact the UW ICT Service Desk direct on 01905 857500 (open Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 5.30pm). You can also access support via the live chat facility here.


University of Worcester emails

Once the foundation degrees have started, we will only contact students via their University of Worcester (UW) email accounts

You will receive a welcome pack from the University, and this will include details of your ICT account (a username and password).  Once you have used this to log in to the student portal, you will be able to access your UW emails.

It is important to check your UW email account regularly, so that you are aware of any communication from your PAT, module tutors and other Learning Institute staff.  You will also receive emails direct from the University.  It is possible to set up 'rules' to filter out some of these emails if they are not relevant (e.g. information about campus-specific things such as car parking).

You can also sync these emails to a mobile device (e.g. a smartphone) using your usual Email app, or by downloading the Outlook app.



SOLE is the Student Online Environment used by the University of Worcester.  You will access SOLE for a range of different reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • to register with the University
  • to update your personal details
  • to access module grades
  • to apply for mitigating circumstances 

Use this PowerPoint for a demonstration of the SOLE page - you will need to click on the Slide Show tab at the top, and then click From Beginning.

Scroll over the screen. Wherever a hand symbol appears, you can explore the SOLE area.

First of all, try out the Register tab to see what will happen when you register on the course. You will then be able to do this once the University of Worcester have confirmed your username and password for online services.

Following this the show will finish - click on the link again to try out other tabs and links such as Course information and Assessments.



Blackboard is the primary virtual learning environment (VLE) used by the University of Worcester.  You will use it to access:

  • learning materials for every module on the foundation degree
  • reading lists
  • sessions delivered live online via Collaborate
  • course specific documents (e.g. course handbooks, timetables)
  • additional support materials

You will also use it to:

  • participate in discussion boards with fellow students
  • upload assignments to Turnitin

You will receive printed copies of key materials (e.g. module outlines) in face-to-face sessions.  However, if a document needs to be updated for any reason, these changes will be made to the version stored on Blackboard and the materials will generally not be reprinted, so it is important to check the materials on Blackboard if you have any queries.  The module leader will send an announcement to all students informing you of any major changes.



Turnitin can help to detect potential plagiarism in your assignments and will also be used as a method of assignment submission.

You will receive further guidance on Turnitin during the first two modules of the foundation degree, including a demonstration of how to upload an assignment and advice on how to interpret the similarity report that is generated.


Office 365

As a UW student, you will have access to a number of the Microsoft Office 365 apps, including:

  • Word - program for word processing
  • Excel - program for creating spreadsheets 
  • PowerPoint - program for creating presentations
  • OneDrive - cloud storage, so you can access files on any device with an internet connection
  • Teams - cloud-based software that allows you to collaborate with other people
  • Forms - create online forms/surveys


Library services

As a UW student, you will have access to a huge number of resources such as e-books and journal articles via the online library.  Detailed guidance on accessing these resources will be provided during the first module.  You can contact The Learning Institute Academic Librarian for help and support at any point during your time on the course by emailing  Support is also provided by the Academic Liaison Librarians at the University.


You will also need to complete the tutor mediated learning for BAAP3001 Session 1.

This material will be on Blackboard by Friday 19th August.  

These materials will also be placed in the Pre-course tasks section in the My Organisation Area just in case you cannot access the BAPP3001 module on Blackboard. For those who have not been studying with TLI in 2021-22, the material will be sent to you via email.

You will need to have completed this work in time for the session on Tuesday 20th September, your PAT will also talk about the activities in Induction.