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Introduction to your Future Facing Learning (FFL) Toolkit 

The iPad is enhanced by Teesside University’s Future Facing Learning toolkit – a collection of software apps available on each iPad. The toolkit is used inside and outside the classroom to support you in preparing for professional life.

Microsoft Office 365 is at the heart of the toolkit – particularly Microsoft Teams which is a collaborative working space that allows you to develop skills that will benefit your career – teamwork, project management, digital literacy.

Some of the apps, such as Socrative and Padlet, are specifically designed to help you actively engage in the learning experience, allowing you to provide feedback and ask questions in an online environment.

You also have access to the MyTU, the Teesside University student portal which provides vital information on your studies – email, calendar, campus map, PC finder, library loans, print credit – and our virtual learning environment, Blackboard for your course materials. All of the apps within the toolkit can also be used on other devices both on and off campus

Open Educational Resources

Open ImageOpen educational resources are freely accessible resources which are useful for teaching, learning and research.

This guide points you towards a range of freely available and useful online tools to help with Microsoft Office products, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

As well as support within the University, via IT and Digital Services, there are online tools highlighted from outside the University.


Image from Brigham Young University faculty survey seeks to advance open education through academic libraries​ (CC BY-SA 2.0) provided by opensourceway

ITDS help

The IT and Digital Services Help Centre has lots of useful resources. You can also contact them on 01642 342220 or by emailing 

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