Tip of the day

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As a NorthTec student you now have access to lynda.com.

Lynda.com provides you with online training that will help you learn business, software, technology and creative skills to support you in the achievement of your personal and qualification goals.   Log in using the instructions provided here to access the extensive video library of engaging, top-quality courses.   

To get the most out of Lynda.com click on the ‘how to use Lynda.com’ link below to learn how to maximise your learning.





The NorthNet messaging system and what it sends to you via email can be easily customised.

In the 'Settings' block on the left-hand side of most NorthNet pages is section for 'My profile settings'. Click on the 'Messaging' link in there.

My profile settings

You will see a listing of the NorthNet messaging settings that you can change to suit your need.

Messaging options

Messaging Block

To add a messaging block to your 'My home' page, navigate to your 'My home' page.

Click on the 'Customise this page' button as shown below.

Pull down on the 'Add' in the 'Add a block' block.

Select the messages block

Click on the 'Stop ciustomising this page button.

You can also use the 'Customise this page' feature to re-arrange the courses and blocks on your 'My home' page.


Pasting text

New in Moodle 2 are the two text editor icons for pasting text. If you have copied text from MS Word, use the 'Paste from Word' icon "Paste MSWord icon" to paste without risk of pasting all of the special Word formatting code.

Popup blockers

We suggest you always enable popups for NorthNet - a lot of the NorthNet functionality is lost with popups disabled.



Searching for a course

If you need to find a course in order to self-enrol in it, but do now know what category it is in there is a simple solution.

Go to the All courses... link in the Main menu on the home page. This lists all of the course categories in NorthNet. At the bottom of this page there is a search courses text box that looks like the below. Enter a small part of your course name in it, and hit go.

Search courses:


TurnItIn Assignments

In some of your courses your tutor will require you to submit assignments that will be checked for plagiarism via TurnItIn. The following guidelines will help.

  1. Prepare your assignment as instructed by your tutor, you will mostly like be asked to prepare a Microsoft Word document. Save this document on your computer (and remember to keep backups!)

  2. We recommend NOT using Internet Explorer. Use Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox as your web browser when using the assignment tool. Internet Explorer will often not display the page properly, and does not display all the buttons you need!
  3. When you are ready to submit your assignment, go into your course in NorthNet and click on the assignment link. It will have the TurnItIn logo. turnitin logo

  4. Your assignemt screen will look something like this. I have blurred out the instructions for this assignment, but normally you will see the instructions as written by your tutor.
    TurnItIn submission area

  5. The Start Date is when submissions open, the Due Date is when submissions close and the Post Date is when your marks will become available to you online.
  6. Click on the Submit Paper icon submission icon

  7. If this is your first submission for a TurnItIn assignment type you will need to accept the terms and conditions which open in a 'popup window'. Ensure that you have enabled popups. Some web browsers let you enable popups for a particular web site only. Search Google if you are unsure how to enable popups for your web browser.
  8. Give your assignment a title and click on the Add file button button to select and upload your assignment document.
    file upload
  9. When you click the 'Add Submssion' button you will see this screen indicating the upload is in progress.

  10. After the upload is complete you will receive a digital receipt for your assignment submission.
  11. Within a few minutes your assignment will show your similarity percentage and a link to see a review (if your tutor has enabled this function)
    Assignment review
  12. Clicking on the colour bar next to the similarity percentage will open a review page (again, only if your tutor allows this). Also, if you tutor has entered comments on your assignment you will find them here.
  13. After making changes to your assignment you may resubmit it, but note that a re-submission will will not show the similarity percentage and report until 24 hours have passed from the time of the second or subsequent submission

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