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IT Induction and support for learning technologies: Distance learners

This guide contains information about IT induction, learning technology, the Microsoft Imagine Academy (MIA) - training courses for Microsoft technologies, Microsoft Office 365, the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) and ITMS support.

Quick Guides

This quick guide is for distance learning students and includes how you can login to MyDMU, the student portal, and Blackboard, the virtual learning environment.


MyDMU is the student portal: a single point of access to all your course and personal information. This video explains how to easily login and use MyDMU on any browser.

Office 365

All students at DMU have access to the very latest versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and all the other Microsoft programs (or apps) via Office 365. This video explains how to use these apps either online or by downloading onto your tablet or PC.

Blackboard Lite

This video introduces Blackboard Lite. Blackboard Lite is a quick way within MyDMU to access the most commonly needed areas of Blackboard.

Discussion Board

Have your say by using the discussion board forums within Blackboard. Whether your topic or question is formally assessed or an informal chat use the threads and posts to build up a conversation.

Collaborate - Moderate Session

This video shows how to moderate a session in Collaborate so you can upload content and control participant permissions.

Student Email

All students at DMU have an email account while you are registered with us. This video explains how you can access your account from MyDMU and Office 365.

Office 365 Email

This video explains how to access your student email. The Office 365 Email tile in MyDMU directly opens Microsoft Outlook where you can view and manage your student email account.

Turnitin Submissions

DMU uses Turnitin for assignment submission. This video explains  how to submit your written assignments to Turnitin and how to make sure you can access your digital receipt confirming you’ve submitted your assignment.

Collaborate - Join Session

This video introduces Blackboard Collaborate shows how you can join a session. It also demonstrates how to download and install the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher from different web browsers.

Blackboard - Login

Blackboard contains all your online learning and teaching resources. In addition, you can use it to converse and collaborate with fellow students as well as your tutors. This video explains how to login here from any web browser.

Blackboard - My Modules

Within Blackboard, My Modules shows all your modules currently available. This video introduces some of the key resources and tools you’ll need to use in your modules.

Turnitin - Similarity Reports

One of the uses of Turnitin is to detect plagiarism. In this video you’ll learn how the originality report can be used to improve your referencing skills.