Online tools | University of Oxford
IT security, Oxford
Cyber Security, Oxford
Copyright © John Cairns Photography. This image comes from Oxford University Images - All rights reserved.

Online tools

There are a host of online tools on offer to help you learn, share files and connect with your tutor or supervisor. From Canvas to Apple Podcasts, find out how you can benefit from using each of them.

Virtual learning environment: Canvas

Canvas is the University’s virtual learning environment for teaching and learning at Oxford. It has replaced WebLearn which is gradually being phased out. Some courses may still make use of WebLearn; you will be told if your course is using Canvas or WebLearn.

Depending on how your course has set it up, you can use Canvas to:  

  • access your course materials 
  • submit assignments or quizzes 
  • get feedback on your work 
  • start discussions and collaborate with other students or academics 
  • access your reading lists where they have been made available   

All students can log on to Canvas using their Single Sign On (SSO) credentials. If you have problems logging on please see the Help page for assistance.

Help using Canvas

A Canvas at Oxford YouTube channel is available containing some useful videos to get you up and running on Canvas. There are videos on downloading and using the mobile apps for iOS or Android, allowing you to access your courses anywhere, at any time.

Once logged onto Canvas, the ‘Help’ menu provides:

  • useful guidance for Oxford students
  • live chat or a UK phone call to Canvas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Help with learning-related queries

If you have any questions about Canvas related to your learning or your programme of study, please contact your departmental administrator in the first instance.

Library resources

A large collection of online library resources is provided by the central library services, including online journals and bibliographic databases. Visit the Bodleian Libraries to search library archives, special collections and more.

Oxford Examinations Papers Online (OXAM)

To help with revision or stay on top of your degree, search through the University archive of past examination papers by course or subject with OXAM

Sharing information and files

SharePoint allows you to collaborate on documents of up to 1GB in size, share work with your tutor and keep documents relating to your club or society, etc. Visit SharePoint Services and the SharePoint Support site (requires SSO).

More tools for collaboration and document sharing are available. Find for information on the Collaborate web page.

Nexus365 (Microsoft) Teams

Teams is a messaging app and digital hub for collaboration. As well as conversations, it also allows you to share content and to access other apps as a versatile tool which can be used for document collaboration, meetings, lectures, tutorials, and real-time supervision - see the remote study page for more information.

Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunesU)

This free site features public lectures, teaching material, interviews with leading academics and more. There are many thousands of podcasts items available, featuring academic speakers and expert contributors. To look through the resources on offer and start downloading, visit the Oxford in Apple Podcasts website. Alternatively, if you do not have iTunes on your computer, visit the University podcasts website.

IT Learning Centre (ITLC)

The IT Learning Centre offers an extensive collection of IT-related courses that can help you with your studies, research, and future careers. From fundamental courses in the use of standard Microsoft Office packages through to programming, database design, academic use of software, online presence and digital media skills. Courses are low in cost.

Graduate learning resources

Online learning resources specifically designed for graduate students at Oxford.

  • Graduate training: Departments across the collegiate University make their academic skills development courses available to all doctoral students. Academic divisions as well as central services such as the Bodleian Libraries, IT Services, Careers Service, Safety Office, and Language Centre also offer opportunities to help you develop your professional and personal skills and plan your career. Find out more on WebLearn.

Online IT learning resources

Free access to LinkedIn Learning via the IT Learning Centre. Use your Oxford Single Sign-on to register access to this vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognised industry experts, it is a resource for students looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, project management, social media, and a wide range of other topics including data analysis, programming and web development. There are new courses each week and the option to watch a complete course or bite-sized videos as you need them.

Was this page useful?*