Your study tools


You will study in various ways, using different technologies. We have developed these learning technologies to ensure maximum flexibility in our courses to allow you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.

The blend of technologies used on your course will depend on the individual modules you've chosen, but it is likely that you will use some or all of the following learning resources:

Video conference (VC)

Using cameras and microphones, a VC can connect staff and students at two or more sites worldwide.

Find out more about studying via VC

Audio conference (AC)

Using traditional phone systems or web-based phone technology, an audio conference enables three or more people to share a conversation or discussion.

Virtual learning environment (VLE)

A web-based system that enables you to access learning materials, guidance and support, and also access and submit assessments, plus communicate with staff and other students through discussion boards and live chat.

Find out more about the our VLE, Brightspace.


Using the VLE, web and other technologies you may study when and where it suits you. You will usually be part of a group studying in the same way and will be able to interact with other students.

Some online courses do not require any physical attendance at a college, with all study and support from tutors available online. You may, however, be required to attend a face-to-face induction at your enrolling college at the start of your course.


There are certain courses and modules that are taught, in full or part, by traditional face-to-face teaching in the classroom at one of our locations across the Highlands and Islands. Some courses also offer a residential element, which might include fieldwork or research exercises.

You can also study many of our courses full time or part time, to suit your lifestyle. The way in which you will study your course is defined on each of the course pages.

Originality checker

To help you improve your knowledge of academic citation and referencing and to educate you to avoid plagiarism, the university uses an originality checker. For more information see Turnitin FAQs and Turnitin training for students.

UHI Online Learning Community

Sign up to Mahara, and get to know other students in our online learning community.