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Digital Support

Our aim is to ensure all our learners are supported throughout their study. This includes making sure that whether you are carrying out research, writing assignments, or putting together a presentation, you have access to the right software and equipment.

Accessing a device

All our Learning Hubs (Libraries), have Chromebooks and Windows devices (PCs & Laptops) that you can access while studying at College. The majority of these are for use in the Learning Hub however, some are available for use in the classroom and around the campus. Please speak to one of the friendly staff in the Learning Hub for more information or to access a device (you will need your college ID).

Google Workspace

As a Google Reference College, the majority of our online learning is delivered through Google Workspace. As a learner, you have full access to everything that Google has to offer including Drive, Docs, Classroom plus much more. Even your official college email is accessed through Gmail. 

In order to access Google Workspace, simply visit google.com (chrome browser recommended) and sign in with your college email and password (top right hand corner). 

Should you wish to access your learning via a mobile device, apps are available to download from both the Google and Apple App stores. Simply download to your device and sign in with your college account.

Microsoft 365

Whilst using a Windows device in college, you will have access to a wide range of Microsoft products including Word, PowerPoint and Excel. These are all accessible via the start button. 

All our students can access a free online version of these products via Microsoft 365. In order to access Microsoft 365, visit www.office.com and sign in with your college email and password. 

Read & Write (Chrome Extension)

All students have access to the Read & Write Chrome extension to support their studies. This powerful toolbar is designed to help everyone engage with digital content in a way that suits them. It is designed to boost literacy confidence, provide support with researching and reading, and improve digital accessibility. All this is through your device’s Chrome browser. The Read & Write for Google Chrome extension can be added to your Chrome Browser via the following link (you will need to sign in to your college Google account when asked to get full access): Read & Write for Google Chrome extension

Please note: This cannot be used in an exam unless you have a referral from Additional Learning Support and an identified learning need.

Further Digital Support

We are aware that there are times when more support is required. This could be the use of assistive technologies or specialist software to support learning. If you feel you may need to access this kind of support, please contact Additional Learning Support where one of the specialist staff will be happy to help.

Call 01709 722728 or email als@rotherham.ac.uk

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