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IT skills and support

The information on this page is designed to complement the support and advice of Academic Schools and Departments. Please follow your department's guidelines and only use the materials offered here to supplement these.

Note: these resources are listed in alphabetical order. For advice on using EndNote software for referencing, please see Referencing and Bibliographies.

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Links to Study Resources for Developing IT Skills
Resource TitleDescription of ResourceSource

Changing Background Colours in Adobe Reader

PDF file icon Changing the background colour can help reduce visual disturbance when reading/working online

University of Nottingham

Changing Background Colours in Windows (XP) and Word (2007 and 2010) 

PDF file icon Changing the background colour can help reduce visual disturbance when reading/working online

University of Nottingham

DnA Resources App Guide

An introduction to useful apps, freeware and Open Source Software Strategies

Diversity and Ability

f.lux

Software that helps adapt the colour of your computer display to be warm toned at night (reducing brightness for easier reading).  Free for Windows; patent pending.

Stereopsis/Michael Herf

Getting Started

Guidance for undergraduates and postgraduates on University of Nottingham libraries and IT services, including getting online

Libraries and Research and Learning Resources, University of Nottingham 

Information Services Help and Support

The main University of Nottingham Information Services support page, with links to IT Service Desk contact details, research information skills, and more

Information Services, University of Nottingham

Inspiration - video tutorials

Three video tutorials on using Inspiration, the graphical mind-mapping application

University of Hull

Intranet Software Library

Software Search identifies the software supported by UoN and there is also a download option where software is available to download

University of Nottingham (UoN access only)

iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties 

2013 list of apps for iPad useful to address issues such as: Reading, Writing, Numeracy, Organisation and Memory

CALL Scotland, The University of Edinburgh

Keyboard shortcuts - Apple mac visual summary

PDF file icon  Keyboard shortcuts for Apple macs can speed up your computer use and help prevent Repetitive Strain Injury or Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Eden Skills

Keyboard shortcuts - Apple mac

Keyboard shortcuts for Apple Macs can speed up your computer use and help prevent Repetitive Strain Injury or Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Apple

Keyboard shortcuts - Comprehensive Microsoft links

Find the keyboard shortcuts for your specific version of Microsoft Windows or Office

Microsoft

Keyboard shortcuts - General MS Windows links

PDF file icon Keyboard shortcuts for MS Windows can speed up your computer use and help prevent Repetitive Strain Injury or Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Eden Skills

Keyboard shortcuts - Using the Control Key in MS Windows

PDF file icon A visual overview of how to use the Ctrl key to reduce mouse usage when working in MS Windows programmes

Claro Training

Leech Block time management and web blocking resources

PDF file icon  Overview of various time management and web blocking tools including Leech Block, Pomodoro and StayFocusd

University of Nottingham

LexDis 2.0

Tips on using technologies to make learning easier, particularly using mobile and phone technologies. Filter resources by activities (e.g. lectures; reading; writing) or by difficulty (e.g. dyslexia; hearing loss; pain, fatigue and stress; short-term memory) 

University of Southampton

List of concept- and mind-mapping software

Overview of free and commercially available mind-mapping software

Wikipedia

MindView

Click Start > All Programs > UoNApplications > Tools and Misc Software > MindView

Both MindView7 and earlier version MindView6 are on the network 

MindView allows creation of mind-maps including flow-charts, timelines and GANTT charts to help organisation, time management and planning assignments. It fully intregrates to import/export with MS Office (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Note the availability of video guides in the Options menu or via the MindView playlist on YouTube.

MatchWare
MyStudyBar

Support for planning, reading, writing and vision in one convenient toolbar of open source and freeware applications (suitable for Windows XP, Vista/Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1)

Soffed Education
Recording Lectures

Advice and information on UoN audio/video resources and guidance on recording lectures

University of Nottingham

TextHelp Read&Write Gold

Click Start > All Programs > UoNApplications > Tools and Misc Software > Read & Write Gold > Read&Write v.11

Note the availability of video guides for each icon on the Read&Write toolbar. Click the black triangle alongside an icon and select the last item in the drop-down list e.g. Watch Spelling video tour...

TextHelp/ University of Nottingham

TextHelp Read and Write - Beginner's Guides

Guides to getting started with TextHelp on Windows, Macs, Android, Chrome and iPads: covers key features of the toolbars including reading aloud, homophone checking, highlighting and grouping themes, and building a vocabulary list (guidance for v11.5 for Windows largely applies to v11 as well)

TextHelp

TextHelp Read&Write - video tutorials

A series of 11 videos on using different aspects of TextHelp Read&Write, the text-to-speech application that can support reading, writing, and research. Includes spell-checking tools and word prediction.

YouTube channel, Georgian College, Canada

 

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