Help and training
Contact IT Helpdesk
Contact the IT Helpdesk for all problems, requests and queries relating to our services.
We provide a number of ways for you to get help with IT, from online video tutorials, to face-to-face support, whatever your problem, we're here to help.
Here you'll find information about our help and training services including:
- Online knowledge base
- IT Helpdesk
- training courses
- European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
Our knowledge base is an online collection of popular how-to guides and instructions relating to our IT services. It's available to everyone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The IT Helpdesk is the first point of contact for all problems and queries relating to our services. We provide first line support by email, telephone or in person. We can help you with things like:
- mobile device support, including email and wifi set up
- installing software and applications
- give advice on malware and virus protection, and assist with removal
- using our learning technologies, including Moodle, FASER and Listen Again
- we can advise on faulty hardware and repairs for personal computers, but we do not offer a repair service
Problems which cannot be dealt with quickly by IT Helpdesk staff will be referred to one of the other specialist teams.
Classroom training courses
We run classroom training sessions for staff and postgraduate research students covering a range of software and services. Most of our training sessions are based at Colchester Campus, however, we may offer training sessions at other campuses if the session attracts sufficient numbers.
If no dates are available please add yourself to the course waiting list.
About IT Training
IT Training provide training for academic and non-academic staff and postgraduate students. Our training can help you:
- improve your productivity and workflow
- enhance your teaching and learning
- gain valuable qualifications
We're an accredited test centre for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) qualification, which is available to all staff and students. We also support and administrator the Lynda.com service.
Check out our YouTube channel for instructional videos on wide range of software.
Training room (Colchester Campus)
We have a dedicated training room at Colchester Campus which is where most of our training sessions takes place.
Room location and details
- Split/twin projectors
- 13 workstations
- Room 4SW.3.3 (go through entrance 4SW, take the stairs that are on your left, go down two floors and exit the staircase - the training room will be on your right).
Training room bookings
Staff may book the training room for other training sessions, please contact us to check availability.
What is Lynda.com?
Lynda.com is a leading provider of online video training with thousands of high quality courses delivered by industry experts and respected authors covering a range of topics in education, business, design and creative media.
- Thousands of courses and videos with new releases every week.
- Bookmark videos, chapters or courses for future reference, or stop and restart a course where you left off.
- Easily create playlists and share them with your friends and colleagues.
You can access Lynda.com both on and off campus using your Essex ID and password.
Help and resources
Watch this course to learn how to quickly find the training and tools you need to create your own personalised learning path.
Watch our Lynda.com and Moodle integration video to learn how to embed Lyynda.com videos into your Moodle courses.
We've put together some playlists you may be interested in. Log in to watch them.
Software and technology
Employability and careers
People and projects
Teaching and learning
Lynda.com privacy notice
Lynda.com is a third party service. Your personal information will be stored by Lynda.com, a part of LinkedIn Inc. The University works under contract with Lynda.com so that your personal data will not be stored outside the European Economic Area.
Enquiries and feedback
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European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
The University of Essex officially discontinued the ECDL on 15 January 2017 and we no longer hold accredited test centre status.
If you are an existing learner with a BCS registration number, you will need to transfer to another testing centre to continue with your qualification. Your BCS registration is transferable so you will not need to pay the £30 fee again. However, you will be subject to their terms, conditions and charges for accessing study modules and sitting exams.
The BCS Find a Centre website will give you a list of alternative Testing Centres in your area. We recommend you speak to someone in person about transferring because each centre offers the qualification differently.
How long do I have to complete the ECDL?
Once registered with the BCS, you have three years from the date of your first exam in which to complete the qualification. Until you take your first exam, your expiry date is open-ended.
I paid for study units and exams, can I get a refund on unused credits?
Non-University personnel who have paid in advance for study units and exams are eligible for refunds on unused credits. You will be emailed information about this and you must respond to the email by 28 February 2017 in order to receive your refund.
Refunds will not be issued after 28 February 2017
Can I get a refund on my BCS registration fee?
No. However, your BCS registration is transferable, so you can continue with your qualification at an alternative centre. We recommend you get in touch with them directly to discuss options.
I've completed the qualification and I haven't received my certificate
Upon successful completion of all seven modules a certificate will be awarded. Certificates usually take around three to four weeks to arrive. We will email you when your certificate is ready for collection or if you are unable to get to campus it can be posted to you.