Short Courses

Remote Learning: Collaborate

We're using Collaborate and Learn to remotely deliver our Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Science and Nature Courses this year.

Many people have become familiar with video conferencing during the Covid-19 pandemic. We've decided to use the University of Edinburgh's online platform Collaborate to deliver our range of Short Courses in Art & Design, Humanities, Social Science and Science & Nature.

We realise however that not everyone will be familiar with the platform and have put together some guidance and advice below to help you get learning with us on Collaborate.

Getting started

To start learning a language remotely with us, you will need to familiarise yourself with Collaborate. Find out more by watching an Introduction to Collaborate here.

Joining a class

Once you've enrolled on one of our courses, you will be sent instructions with details on how to join your class.

To join a Collaborate session you will need the following:

  • Strong Internet Access (broadband connection highly recommended if possible)
  • For the best experience, use Google Chrome: Browser Support

  • Headset (recommended)

  • PC/Laptop or mobile device

Please note: you will be sent meeting details at least 48 hours in advance of your first class.

Participating in a class

You will need to join the class with audio and video on your device. You will sent more information before the first class on how the session will run and your tutor will provide guidance throughout the course to allow all participants to fully engage with our remote learning.

Technical issues

Unfortunately we're unable to provide an individual level of technical support to students that enrol on our remotely taught classes, however you can access detailed Help and Support Information for Collaborate on their website and we would encourage it's use if you need assistance with the platform.

Learning remotely

For more general guidance on learning remotely with the Centre for Open Learning, please see our Remote Learning FAQs.