Welcome to the GIBS Blackboard Instructors Support Area
The GIBS TEL (Technology Enabled Learning) team have created a number of helpful resources to enable faculty members, program managers and coordinators to get up to speed with accessing and using the online learning and the Blackboard virtual learning environment (Aspire) as quickly as possible.
Please take some time to browse through all of the help topics provided below and direct other users to this site if they need assistance in a particular area.
The TEL team has tried where possible to cover all of the basic aspects of Aspire navigation and usage. 'Help' content and 'How to' guides are being added on an ongoing basis so please monitor these pages. Should you experience any form of technical issues with Blackboard (or cannot find help on a particular topic) please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
We would like to encourage you as the managers and developers of learning programs to be as creative as possible in your use of the system to ensure high levels of engagement, achievement and retention of learners on your courses.
The TEL team is also available to support you directly during work hours.
New Features on Aspire - Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP 14
Get more information of each new feature by clicking on the links below and discover how useful they might be for your online programme management activities.
Help & Support
Please submit all LMS technical help requests as well as requests for training to email@example.com.
Orienting or Training New Blackboard Users? - Download the ASPIRE Introductory User Guide here.
Tools available to students
think-cell is a Microsoft Office add-in for PowerPoint and Excel, which integrates seamlessly with these applications to help you visualize complex charts like Marimekko, Gantt and waterfall within minutes. think-cell also provides a set of tools to structure and maintain agendas within PowerPoint presentations. Free licenses of think-cell are available for GIBS Faculty, Staff and Students for use on both University-owned and personal computers. Visit the think-cell link for more information and to obtain the license key.
For more information, please visit the think-cell website.