VUT ITS: Vaal University of Technology Student Portal
Vaal University of Technology (VUT) was founded in 1966 but only became a Technikon in 1979. The main campus is in Vanderbijlpark, and there are three other campuses in Ekurhuleni, Secunda, and Upington. VUT has four different faculties: Applied and Computer Sciences, Human Sciences, Engineering and Technology, and Management Sciences.
VUT provides all staff and students with Integrator Tertiary Software (ITS) that allows them to log in and see important information. Students have access to iEnabler and can access their academic record, financial statements, and timetables. Students also use iEnabler to apply to study at VUT. Logging in is done with your student number and pin.
If you need to reset your pin, you need to follow these steps:
- Make sure that your VUT student Google email address is active. Click on Student Google Email and use ‘studentnumber’@adu.avu.ac.za and your pin to log in.
- Go to the ITS log in page.
- Enter your Student Number and click on ‘Forgot Pin’.
- Your current pin will be sent via email to your VUT student email address.
- Use that pin to log in to ITS.
VUT has an online system called VUT Blackboard, and their system is called Vutela. This online system allows students to complete tests, assignments and exams, and access course information, including their grades.
To log in to VUT Blackboard, you will need the web address of VUT’s Blackboard, as well as your username and password. You can also download the app for both iOS and Android, and you will be able to access the same features as on the website and receive notifications when your lecturer posts anything new.
If VUT allows it, you will be able to contact your lecturer via email or through the course messages tool. Messages stay in Blackboard, and you can view messages by clicking on the Messages link or on the Tools page. The course email tool allows you to send messages to external email accounts; however, you won’t be able to receive replies in Blackboard.
Once you have logged in, you will be on the My Institution page. At the top, you might see other pages that have been made available to you. My Blackboard and user tools are available to everybody who uses the site. There are a few default options available.
- Bb Home: this shows your five recently graded items and an overview of other items that are due.
- Calendar: this is where you can keep track of upcoming due dates, assignments and events.
- Posts: this displays recent posts and discussions, including comments on posts and blogs, etc.
- Updates: This is where you will find notifications about important events and information.
- My Grades: you can view your grades in this section.
The Tools section displays course-specific information. These options might appear under Tools:
- Announcements – important information relating to your course.
- Calendar – displays events, and you can create your events.
- Tasks – keep track of your tasks from your lecturers, and you can add your own.
- My Grades – you will be able to see all your grades for all your courses
- Send email – you can send emails to other course member’s external email addresses
- User Directory – lists all users on Blackboard Learn
- Address Book – you can store contact information in the address book.
- Personal information – this is where you can view and edit your information and change your password and customize your settings.
The Courses tab has a list of every course that you’re enrolled in. Use Course Search to search for a specific course. Use the Course List to pick one of the courses that you’re enrolled in. You can search the Course Catalog for courses. You are able to search for courses with the Course ID, the Course Name, the Course Description, the Course Instructor, or the Course Term.
Courses might look different depending on your institution and your lecturer, but some parts are similar. The Course Menu is on the left of the page and has links to all the course areas. Lecturers control what is available in this section. There is a little home button at the top of the left of the page, and right next to it is a drop-down arrow. This is Course-to-Course navigation, and it allows you to switch between courses. The What’s New section displays any changes to course content. Tests, quizzes, assignments, blogs, and other important messages are found here. The To-Do section shows you what is currently due and your past due items that weren’t submitted.
You can interact with others through multiple different channels. You can do the following:
- Find other users using the Roster tool to search through members or search in the User Directory.
- Use Blackboard Collaborate for video conferences.
- Read and comment on Blogs, or create your own blog post.
- Have discussions with other students on the Discussion Board.
- Email other course members.
- Join study groups or project groups and collaborate with other students.
- Use Journals to communicate privately with your lecturer. Your lecturer will be able to take points and create discussions.
- Read messages within Blackboard.
- Use Organizations to communicate with students that share the same interests.
- You can create and edit Wiki pages with other students on course content relevant to you.
- Use Microsoft Teams to set up meetings.
- Your lecturer can set up Google Meet for Blackboard, and this can be launched directly within a course.
Lecturers can add all sorts of course content such as files, assignments, multimedia and links. This can be organized into different folders, modules and lesson plans. You can submit assignments through Blackboard and view your grades. Tests are used to test your knowledge of the course content, and surveys are used for polling. Responses to surveys are anonymous and aren’t graded, but they will be incomplete if you don’t participate.
For in-depth assistance with Blackboard, you can access more information online at https://help.blackboard.com/; however, remember that VUT might have their interface set up differently, so it might not look exactly the same.