Help Guides

More help guides will be added soon! In the mean time, please see our Essentials site.


Academically Related Activity

If a federal/state aid recipient receives all failing grades in a term, we are required to determine if the student earned the F through poor scores earned throughout the entire course (i.e., student completed course) or if the F is the result of the student having stopped attendance sometime prior to the end of the term; the latter would be considered an unofficial withdrawal.

ANGEL Backup/Restore and Archiving Courses

Backup and Archive files can be downloaded to your computer as a safeguard or to use for future courses.

ANGEL Video Everywhere

Video Everywhere is a tool in ANGEL that integrates with YouTube, allowing you to seamlessly record and add video to a course/assignment/email/etc.

File Management Best Practices

This training session contains information on file management, storage options, copyright, and tips for cleanup. See also the BVU Copyright Policy, Copyright Information, and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act information.

Moving Files

This tutorial will show you how to create folders and move files from one folder to another on a computer. There is a Windows and Mac version.

TLTC Adobe Creative Suite

The Adobe CS5 and CS6 include the programs Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Reader, Media Encoder, Flash, Audition, Fireworks, and Premiere may be installed onto your laptop from 2Fix.

TLTC ANGEL Activity Logs

If you're wondering if a student has been active in the course, you can easily find out by following the steps in this tutorial. Note: Tracking will need to be enabled on items in your course for this to work.

TLTC ANGEL Adding an Academic Assistant

Students are automatically enrolled in your course through the registrar, however, there may be some situations where you may want to add users manually, like academic assistants. This help guide will assist you in adding academic assistants in your course with the appropriate rights.

TLTC ANGEL Adding and Managing Assessments

Learn how to create and/or manage assessments in Angel with this help guide.

TLTC ANGEL Course Creation

Once a course has been created in the Registrar's system, it will automatically get created in ANGEL as an empty shell. After courses have been created, it will be up to the instructor to make the course available for student access.

Read through this guide to understand how to read course IDs as well as understanding course sections and multiple course setups.

TLTC ANGEL Course Mail

ANGEL course mail allows you to communicate with other students and faculty members who are a part of your courses.

To learn how to use course mail, follow this link to a short YouTube video or click on this guide to read more about ANGEL email.

TLTC ANGEL Course Policy

Courses in will remain in ANGEL for two years. Courses in ANGEL will be deleted twice each year after the start of the Fall and Spring Semesters (October and March respectively).

TLTC ANGEL Discussion Forums

Discussion forum activities are built into many courses and are a great way for you to interact and communicate with your instructor and fellow classmates in an open forum.

TLTC ANGEL Drop Box Submissions

ANGEL has a digital drop box which is like a mailbox to submit your online assignments. The drop box conveniently submits all of your files in one location. To access the drop box, go log in on the ANGEL homepage and click the Course Content tab.

TLTC ANGEL Faculty Calendar

The calendar is a convenient way to alert all students enrolled in your course of events and meetings. View this help guide to learn how to use it for your course.

TLTC ANGEL Grade Check

Accessing your grades is simple and easy.  For help, look over this help guide.

TLTC ANGEL Gradebook

The Gradebook is a very important tool for faculty and students alike and it is a good way to organize the assignments in your course. The gradebook in ANGEL is intuitive but different enough from Blackboard that some aspects may be confusing.


For help with logging into Angel, using this help guide.

TLTC ANGEL Managing Users

Although students registered for your course are automatically enrolled, there may come a time when you want to enroll additional students or faculty in your course.

TLTC ANGEL Password and Personal Information

Your ANGEL password is linked to your Outlook Exchange email account. Therefore, both passwords for both accounts will always be the same and can only be changed from one source. For more information on how to change your password, go to the Changing Passwords help guide.

Personal information for your instructor or other students to see can be changed within ANGEL. This guide will show you how to change your personal information in ANGEL.


Creating an ANGEL profile will help the instructor and students learn more about yourself and your personal background. To create a successful profile, follow this help guide.

TLTC ANGEL Roster Synchronization

By default, all courses declared in the registrar will be automatically created in ANGEL.  Because of this, if a course has multiple sections, each section will be created as its own individual course. You may wish that only one section for a course is used instead of having to update multiple sections. Roster Synchronization allows the instructor to manage multiple courses from one area instead of individually messing with different sections of the same course. Take note that they do not merge the courses together.

TLTC ANGEL Student Enrollment

As soon as a student has registered for a course, they will automatically get enrolled into the appropriate course. Also, if a student drops the course, they will be removed from the course roster. Remember, courses are now going to be automatically created in ANGEL as soon as the course is declared in the registrar.

You will still have the ability to manually enroll students into your courses if you need to enroll a course assistant or a TA. 

TLTC ANGEL System Checker

The System Check detects which components are already installed on your computer to run ANGEL efficiently without error. There are required components and plug-in components that ANGEL will search for on your computer. ANGEL will then display which components you have and which are needed.The System Check detects which components are already installed on your computer to run ANGEL efficiently without error. There are required components and plug-in components that ANGEL will search for on your computer. ANGEL will then display which components you have and which are needed.

TLTC ANGEL Viewing and Grading Submitted Assignments

Have questions about how to view assignments or how to grade submitted items?  This help guide is the one for you.

TLTC ANGEL Viewing Your Grades

Your gradebook in ANGEL is like a report card, you have to generate a report to view it. In your course, click the Reports tab at the top of the page and then follow the steps in this tutorial.

TLTC ANGEL: Adding Content to Courses

ANGEL has many options for you to choose from when it comes to adding content to your course. Learn more about managing your course by reading this help guide.

TLTC Changing Course Availability

Once a course has been created, loaded with content, and populated with the appropriate student roster, it will be the responsibility of the instructor to make the course available to the students. This can be done any time once the course has been created and students automatically enrolled. By default any new course shell will be made unavailable (not visible) to the students until the appropriate time.

TLTC Copying ANGEL Courses

Course shells are automatically created in ANGEL based on the Registrar's system. You can easily reuse your course material from term to term by copying from a previous course into the new course.

TLTC Data Backup Strategies

SyncBack—BVU's automatic backup utility

The SyncBack utility helps prevent data loss from the two most common causes, accidentally deleting a file and hard drive failure. SyncBack protects you by automatically copying new or changed files from your laptop's "My Documents" folder to your X: drive and from "My Academic Files" to your P: drive every two hours. Individual documents will also be backed up each time you save any changes.

Learn where to store your items in this guide.

TLTC Deleting Unwanted Courses in ANGEL

It's a good idea to remove courses when you're done with them (e.g., after you've copied it into the next term course to teach it again, or at the end of the semester if you didn't use it or won't need it again).

As a precautionary measure, you may want to archive your course first, then download and save the archive.

TLTC Dropbox and iCloud

Dropbox and iCloud are cloud storage systems that allow you to to store your files (documents, photos, videos, etc.) in an electronic cloud that you can access from more than just your personal computer. Therefore, if you need to, for instance, pull up a photo that is stored in the cloud storage system, you can pull that picture up on your computer, phone, or any other device that can access that storage system.

To learn more about cloud storage systems like Dropbox and iCloud, click on this guide.

TLTC Early Release of Online Workshops

This help guide is directed toward instructors teaching fully online courses for Graduate & Professional Studies, but can be applied to web supplemented courses as well.

In special situations, you may need to release a workshop or selected content early for only one student. This is a fairly easy task, but contains several little sub-steps for each of the different steps. Follow all the steps below to selectively release a workshop.

TLTC Faculty Video Dashboard

The video widget allows you to let students create their own videos that allows them to record and then submit to you within your course. You can take a video widget and embed it into a page in your course in ANGEL.

TLTC Hiding Courses in ANGEL

You may wish to get rid of old or unwanted courses in your ANGEL course list. You will not have the ability to delete or remove yourself from your courses, but you can hide them from your course list.

TLTC Lockdown Browser

Lockdown Browser is a web browser designed to make features such as navigation to other pages, cut and paste, printing, screenprints, and other features inaccessible during a test taken inside Lockdown Browser. This is to ensure academic honesty.

TLTC LockDown Browser: Instructor View

LockDown Browser is a web browser designed to make features such as navigation to other pages, cut and paste, printing, screenprints, and other features inaccessible during a test taken inside LockDown Browser. This is to ensure academic honesty. To learn more about LockDown Browser, click on this help guide.

TLTC LockDown Browser: Student View

LockDown Browser is a web browser designed to make features such as navigation to other pages, cut and paste, printing, and other features inaccessible during a test taken inside LockDown Browser. This is to ensure academic honesty. Students can  learn how to use LockDown Browser by accessing this help guide.

TLTC Microsoft Office Suite

The Microsoft Office 2010 Suite includes the programs Word, Excel PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, and Publisher.

TLTC Navigating ANGEL

Navigating through ANGEL is very similar to navigating in any other website on the internet. To navigate through the various aspects of ANGEL, you use the tabs at the top of the screen and the power strip on the left.

TLTC Network Connections

This guide will help you connect your laptop or iOS device to the BVU networks.

TLTC Printing Strategies

Printers have been placed across BVU campus to make printing more convenient for students, faculty, and staff. This guide will help you learn more about printing and how to set up the most efficient printing routine for yourself.

TLTC Respondus Question Formatting

Respondus is capable of importing questions from a text document, and then later uploading those to ANGEL. However, there is a specific format that needs to be followed in order for the questions to be properly imported.

TLTC Student Video Dashboard

ANGEL carries a simple feature that allows you to record quick and simple video messages up to 10 minutes long on your computer that can then be sent via email to another user. This help guide will show you how to how to embed and record with Video Dashboard.

TLTC Student View: Using the Attendance in ANGEL

Instructors can use the Attendance Manager to keep track of student attendance electronically in ANGEL. If you instructor is using the Attendance Manager, there may be occasions where you as the student will have to enter your own attendance in ANGEL using the Attendance Nugget and a PIN.

TLTC Turnitin Dropbox: Instructor Notes

One of the main advantages of having an integrated dropbox in ANGEL is that you no longer have to create an account in, create a course, and enroll the appropriate students. This is all taken care of for you with the new Dropbox in ANGEL.

TLTC Using Respondus

Respondus is a program that has full integration with ANGEL; with Respondus you can easily create exams or surveys, but more importantly, you can import questions into Respondus from Microsoft Word or Textpad and then upload them to ANGEL.

TLTC Using the P Drive

Buena Vista University provides each student with 150 MB of storage space on networked drives called a P Drive (personal drive). This space is designed to be used for storage of important, school-related files.

TLTC Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is a program on PCs that allows you to listen to your music collection and store it in its library or play video.

TLTC Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker allows you to edit video with easy-to-use editing tools. Movie Maker also allows you to upload your video to YouTube and other social networking sites to share with friends and family.

TLTC Windows Photo Gallery

A program called Windows Photo Gallery is installed on your laptop that makes doing simple image manipulation quick and easy.


WYSIWYG is an acronym for "what you see is what you get." The WYSIWYG editor is a built-in toolbar right in ANGEL that allows you to edit your content the way you want it to appear on the page without needing to know how to format pages in HTML.