This article will guide you through some basic navigation. For a more complete list of BigSIS terms and icons, please review the Glossary of Terms and Icon Index.
The Dashboard is the first thing you’ll see when you log onto BigSIS. The Dashboard view, and options in the Left-Menu will change based on your permission level. If you don’t see a particular chart or button on your dashboard, check with your system administrator to get access.
The Welcome Menu is located in the upper-right corner of the screen. Here you can change account information, submit a ticket to BigSIS, and even hop to your Portal straight from the Admin!
The Left Menu
The options in the Left Menu will change based on your permission level. In this guide, you may see screenshots of options that aren’t visible on your Dashboard and that’s okay! If you need your permission levels adjusted, talk to your system administrator.
Each item on the Left Menu is a drop-down list, which you can expand to view additional options. Look for the down-arrow for additional options.
The Favorite menu lists some of the more common places you may frequently visit in BigSIS.
In the upper-left corner of BigSIS, notice the Search Menu. In the event you can’t remember where a tool is located, try typing a keyword into that box and BigSIS will find it for you!
Tables in BigSIS
BigSIS is contextual, which means your tools will change depending on what table you’re looking at. For example, the People Table is where you’ll be able to export demographic information such as ethnicity, contact information, birth date, and more. The People Table contains everything you need to know about a person. However, if you need information pertaining to an enrollment, such as school years attended, you can find that information on the Enrollments Table.
We’ll get more into the specifics of these tables later, but for now let’s look at some basic navigation to get you started.
Expanding a Table
Every Table in BigSIS has a fixed toolbar at the bottom that will allow you to control how many records you see at a time.
You can adjust the view by clicking the drop-down button next to the record count and selecting a different number to display. You can also click the single arrow to go to the next page of records or click the double arrow to proceed to the last page in the list.
If you make changes to a record, on any table, in BigSIS, you can click the Refresh button at the bottom to update the list if you don’t see your change immediately. Do NOT refresh your entire browser. This will cause the entire system to refresh and you’ll lose your place.
Changing Your Password
You can change your password by clicking on your Profile in the upper-right corner of the screen and going to My Account. If a user other than yourself forgets their username and/or password, please see the Logging into BigSIS section for guidance.