Welcome to the GIBS Blackboard Students Support area
The GIBS Technology Enabled Learning team has created a number of helpful resources to enable students new to the world of online learning and the Aspire virtual learning environment to get up to speed with accessing and using the system as quickly as possible. Please take some time to browse through the topics provided and direct other users to this site if they require assistance in a particular area.
We have tried to cover all of the basic aspects of navigating to and within Aspire and are adding updates regularly.
Should you experience any technical issues with Aspire or cannot find help on a particular topic please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. The current hours of operation for the service desk are between 7am and 7pm on weekdays, and 7am and 1pm on weekends. There is also a help desk on campus in the Information Centre.
Help & Support
Please submit all Aspire technical help requests to the following email address:
Alternatively you can visit call the LMS Support Desk on the following number: 011 771 4206 (within support hours).
New Aspire 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.