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Online learning

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

Virtual learning environment: Weblearn

Weblearn is the University's current web-based virtual learning environment (VLE). The site holds course-specific resources including: announcements, handouts, reading lists linked to the library catalogue, discussion forums, plagiarism detection, opinion polls, tutorial sign-up, course schedules, and formative assessments.

Canvas will be the new virtual learning environment for Oxford. You will be told if you need to use Canvas instead of WebLearn.

Finding content

  • Your tutor will provide you with a link or advise you where to find your course material, or you can browse the system in your own time.
  • Open access areas are available to everyone; log in with your Oxford username to access restricted areas.
  • All students also have access to a personal dashboard called My Workspace where all announcements and events are displayed. My Workspace contains a wiki and an online file-store.

Visit the Weblearn guide for more information.

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 Introduction to SharePoint and the SharePoint Support site.


This free site features public lectures, teaching material, interviews with leading academics and more. There are over 4,200 podcast items available, featuring almost 3,500 academic speakers and contributors. To look through the resources on offer and start downloading, visit the University of Oxford iTunesU website. Alternatively, if you do not have iTunes on your computer, visit the University website.

IT learning Centre

The IT Learning Centre offers over 200 different IT 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, typically under £10 per module.

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 training videos: Lynda

Free access to 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 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.

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