Accessing Your Course
Your instructor has indicated the following:
Students must have an account with
This course will use a website developed by a textbook publisher.
Specific details for accessing this website
will be provided by your instructor.
Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)
Your course is using Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)! Your student account in Bb Vista will be created about 2 weeks prior to the start of your class and you can log into the system at that time. Please use the time before the start of your class to become familiar with Bb Vista by using the tutorials provided for you.
You will be able to access your course as of
1 AM on the official course start date.
Log in to your Bucks Bb Vista course space at:
- Username: Your new user account will consist of your last name and first initial, and if necessary, followed by a random number. For example, John Smith's user account will be smithj4567
- Password: Your initial password for all systems will be reset to "bd" followed by your birthdate in mmddyy format. (Example: bd042372 for 4/23/72). You will need to establish your new password immediately, which is 6-9 characters in length, using letters & numbers. You should also establish a password hint at this time.
- To obtain your new user account go to
and select WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your new user account name will display on the screen
Note: If you registered late, there may be a short delay in activating your Bb Vista login.
Computer Requirements and Settings
Your computer must be correctly configured to work with Bb Vista. Before you login do the Check Browser located on the Bb Vista login page. This will ensure your browser is configured so the complete functionality of this application is available to you. If errors are detected, mandatory or recommended changes will be indicated.
Some Bb Vista courses that use content provided by textbook publishers require an access code.
If your course requires one, you will
be prompted to enter it the first time you access the course.
This access code may be
included with the purchase of a new textbook, or may be
purchased separately from the textbook publisher through
If you purchased a used textbook and do not yet have an access code, you can obtain a 15-day temporary code the first time you log in by clicking the "get temporary code" link. You will then have 15 days to purchase your access code.
Detailed troubleshooting information is available by clicking on Help
on the Bb Vista login page or on any page within the system after you have logged in.
Learning To Use Bb Vista
- Face-To-Face Workshops!
are offered at the beginning of each
full semester at the Newtown campus.
- LIVE Online Sessions!
are offered via web conferencing before the start of each modular session and full semester.
http://www.bucks.edu/e-resources/virtual-campus/after-registration/kickoff/ for dates and times.
We also encourage you to use the various "Learning Bb Vista" courses provided online when you log in to your Bb Vista account.
Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials
While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the
ISBN number available through the course's academic department
where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore
and our online bookstore,
guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.
Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link
below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have
any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
Students must have access to a digital video camera for this class. Use of a webcam for this class is not allowed.
After speech videos are recorded, students will upload videos to the publisher support site called "Connect Lucas." Students should log into the Connect Lucas site and be familiar with how it functions prior to the course starting.
Students must have access to a professional presentation space to deliver and videotape their presentation. Unless there is a disability accomodation being made, speeches are not to be delivered at home.
For each speech, students must arrange an audience of at least six (6) adults. The audience must be introduced prior to the speech and visible throughout the presentation. The audience must complete an evaluation sheet for the speech presentation.
Late assignments (Speeches, online assignments, discussion postings, etc.) are not accepted unless approprite documentation is provided to substantiate the claim.
This semester, the class work for the course will be computer intensive and will require students to have access to the Internet. Using our Bb/Vista "Virtual Classroom," you may be required to complete assignments, address weekly topics on the electronic discussion board and possibly participate in chats. If you are unfamiliar with Bb/Vista, please sign up for an orientation class. Contact online learning for more information.
Since these courses usually fill up, there will be no extra time for extra or make-up speeches. If you know that you have a conflict with any deadline, you should sign up for a different section.
REQUIRED TEXT *"The Art of Public Speaking" by Stephen Lucas (10th edition)Elder, L. & Paul, R. (2009). How to Study and Learn
Elder, L. & Paul, R. (2009). Analytic Thinking
Elder, L. & Paul R. (2009). The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking
Online Learning requires that you are a mature, innovative, self-starter who will be dedicated to completing course work on your own, with minimal guidance. I hope that we can work together for a successful semester. I will be available by email, telephone, fax, snail mail, and in-person meetings to help you with your work, but the major responsibility for completing work is yours.
Keep in mind, your enrollment in this class begins immediately!
If you have any questions or concerns, either before or after registering, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to working with you!
�The official college syllabus for this course can be found on the College's web site.