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Help for Students

Quick steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Run the Browser Test
  3. Reset your Password (if required)
  4. Log in to Blackboard using your Username and Password.

Introduction to Blackboard for Students VStream presentation (no audio). You may be prompted to log in to view the file. Please use your VUW username and password.

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Visit this page for answers to your Frequently_asked_questions

Course resources

During your Blackboard course you will have access to various resources which you may want to refer back to once the course has completed.
We recommend that you download resources you want to keep and save them to your H: drive. Each student gets their own workspace, which is a secure disc space on which you can store personal files (H: drive). You can read more about file storage here.

It is necessary to do this before the end of the Blackboard course.

Please contact the instructor/lecturer to request resources from courses which have completed.

Who to contact when you need help

Course related problems
You should contact your course co-ordinator or lecturer for any problems, which are course related - i.e., problems finding course material and resources in the Blackboard course web site.

If You Don't See Your Course Website on Blackboard Don't Panic.
Not all courses have Blackboard Websites. The course coordinators and/or lecturers make that decision. If neither you nor your classmates can see the course's Blackboard website, ask your lecturer whether a Blackboard course website has been set up.

If you cannot see your course website, but your classmates can, contact the ITS Service Desk or phone 04 463 5050).

ITS Service Desk
For all other problems please contact the ITS Service Desk
Phone: (04) 463 5050
Email: ITS service

Blackboard tools

The new online help guide for students has lots of great resources, hitnts and tips to get you started using Blackboard. You can view it here Blackboard Help for Students.

Below are links to text and video resources for Blackboard 9.1. For more information, please visit the Blackboard 9.1 On Demand Learning Center website for Students. To open the links in a new window right-click (or control-click on a Mac) on the link.

Text Resources

  • Content editor The content editor allows you to add and format text, insert equations and hyperlinks, tables, and attach different types of files to content.
  • Discussion board The discussion board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials.
  • Submitting an assignment The Assignments tool presents a variety of learning activities. You view and submit assignments from one location.
  • Tests and SurveysTests are used to assess your knowledge. Your instructor assigns point values to questions in the test. Your answers are submitted for grading, and the results are recorded in the Grade Center. Surveys are used for polling purposes and evaluations. This type of assessment is not graded.
  • Viewing My Grades The My Grades page shows the status of gradable items, such as tests, assignments, journal and blog entries, and discussion posts.

Video Resources

Campus Pack tools

Campus Pack provide Wikis, Blogs, Journals, and Podcasts, which may be incorporated into your Blackboard course.

  • To view an online guide on how to use these tools visit the Campus Pack Guides page and click on the Campus Pack Student Guide link.

Turnitin assignment in Blackboard

Turnitin provides a mechanism for automatically comparing your submitted work with a wide variety of Internet materials and the work of other students so as to facilitate the detection of plagiarism and other forms of cheating.

Please visit the links below to find out more:


VStream is Victoria University’s audio, video and screen capture streaming service.

Please visit the links below to find out more:

Support documentation

VUW Blackboard Upgrade - Information for Students

The Victoria University Blackboard system has been upgraded to the latest release, version 9.1 (October 2010). Service pack 8 has been applied (July 2012).

The new version of Blackboard will have an updated look and feel, and several new features.

If you have questions about the new features or would like to report a problem, please raise a call with the ITS Service Desk by calling (04) 463 5050 or emailing ITS Service.

Student services and support

We offer wide range of support at Victoria. Visit this page to find out more.

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