Student Learning

Get IT Savvy

As a student at Victoria it will be hard to avoid IT. You will be expected to use email to communicate with staff members and fellow students; use the library online database to search for resources; use a word processor to type your assignments; use Blackboard or Turnitin to submit your assignments; and much more. Below is just a few pointers.

Your Victoria student username

As a Victoria student you will have been provided with a username to log in to various systems used (including login to any computer in the Computing Suits). Usually this is six letters from your last name followed by four letters from your first name. Find more information about logging in here.


Victoria uses Blackboard as a Learning Management System. Find out how to log in to Blackboard here. This page also has links to help you get started with Blackboard.

If you can log in to Blackboard, you may already find some information for your course available. Find out what weekly readings you have, and see if the Course Outline is available already. Some lecturers also post their PowerPoint slides before the lecture, so it for you to check it out.

You may also need to signup for tutorials in the first week. You will do this through myAllocator. Find out more information on myAllocator on this page.

Microsoft Office

You should be familiar with using a word processor to write up your assignments. As a student at Victoria, you have access to Office365 which allows you to download all the Microsoft Office applications on up to five different computers/devices. Find out more about more about software available to you here.

If you are unsure about using some of the Microsoft Office programmes, check out the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

If you have a Wellington City Library card, you can also access all the training programmes available at for free.


Apps and software recommended by students

eXtra Voice Recorder

If you prefer to record lectures to listen to them later, this recording software could be useful for you. It's available for iPhone, iPad and Mac from the iOS App Store ($1.99) and the Mac App Store ($4.99).


This is a free flashcard app. Flashcards are useful to review definitions and vocabulary. Available from the iOS App Store and from Google Play.

Pomodoro Timer

A handy app to make sure study is effective with breaks. Available for free (with ads) or for $4.99 from the iOS App Store.