July 14, 2014

WiFi

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UAB IT provides a WiFi network in support of the academic, research, and administrative work of the UAB community. This WiFi network serves classrooms, common areas, green spaces, and many other popular areas around campus. 

Map of UAB WiFi Zones

To use this network, you must have a computer with a WiFi network adapter. Two WiFi networks will be available as of July 31, 2014:

  • UABStartHere: All users will begin by connecting to this network. Upon opening a web browswer, the user will automatically be directed to a Web page where they can choose a list of options. UAB students, employees and faculty members will have the option to either configure their WiFi device using QuickConnect or log on to the open UABStartHere network. Guests will have the option to register and log on to UABStartHere.
  • UABSecure: This secure network is the preferred network for UAB students, employees and faculty members. Users must have a valid BlazerID and password, and have their WiFi device properly configured for this network. Instructions for configuring a WiFi device for UABSecure are listed below.

Issues with WiFi

If you have an issue with the UAB WiFi network please report those concerns to AskIT (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; www.uab.edu/askit; 205-996-5555)

UAB IT has contracted with InCommon to provide Comodo SSL server certificates for the uab.edu domain. 

Any UAB department using a certificate ending in uab.edu can use the service at no cost. UAB IT pays a yearly fee that covers all certificates.

For regular SSL server certificates, the server administrator can order them here.

For wildcard certificates and multiple domain name certificates, the server administrator should send a request to AskIT with all of the details and a valid CSR (Certificate Signing Request), and the request will be routed through Data Security and the Unix team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Office 365, a new cloud-based platform for e-mail, file storage, and Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) is now the standard email for students (effective May 2014). This new service provides students with the following benefits:

  • 50 GB of e-mail space, an increase of 49 GB from the current service
  • 25 GB of free file storage, an increase of 24 GB from the current service
  • Access to Microsoft Office applications from laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices
  • A single web interface to access all of the above features

Students who prefer to work offline will be able to download the Office applications and continue using their preferred e-mail clients.

We expect all students to be transitioned to the Office 365 service by June 30, 2014. For more information and how the transition will occur please visit our Office 365 for Students info page.

Desktop Web Conferencing

Lync Microsoft Lync is a messaging and conferencing solution that connects and engages audiences in online meetings, training and events. With Lync meeting, attendees participating from their PCs can be part of a presentation, kick off a project, brainstorm ideas, edit files, and collaborate on whiteboards, all without the hassle and cost of travel.  Lync helps users streamline communications from small collaborative meetings to large events.

Note:
 Please order the Lync Service from this page, not directly from Microsoft. When you're ready to order, click ORDER NOW.
  • Share and record your meeting notes (record only from PC)
  • Highlight and emphasize key aspects of your presentation
  • Ordering information: 
    • What's Included
      • Unlimited number of meetings (only one concurrent meeting)
      • Audio via computer whne using installed Lync client or browser (see Telephone Bridge option below for use where computer audio/mic/speaker is not available)
      • Cost $10 per month
    • Optional Telephone Conference Bridge
      • 800 number
      • Toll-based number
      • Cost:  per minute of use for each attendee
      • Charged to organizer for toll-free at $.05 per attendee per minute
      • Paid as standard long-distance costs by attendee when using toll-based number
    • Note:  Select "Lync Request" in the drop-down box on the service request page  |  ORDER NOW

  • Connect remote participants and teams
  • Make a bigger impact with dynamic audio and video
  • Distribute handouts before or during your meetings
  • Stay in touch anywhere: Lync enables users to communicate securely anywhere they have network connectivity, and automatically adapts to network conditions.
    Use the device you want
    Use the device you want: Lync makes communicating easier with a consistent and familiar experience available on Windows PCs, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android smartphones. The new immersive Lync app for Windows 8 and Windows RT provides a seamless touch-first experience.
    Communicate in the right way: Lync unifies voice and video calls, Lync Meetings, presence, and instant messaging (IM) in one easy-to-use client, making it simple to choose and switch between different forms of communication.Communicate in the right way
    Take advantage of standards-based HD video: Lync uses open standards including H.264 SVC to provide a high-quality video experience on a wide range of devices.Take advantage of standards-based HD video
    Make virtual meetings more effectiveMake virtual meetings more effective: See up to five meeting participants simultaneously with new multiparty HD video support. You can choose who to see or let Lync choose for you.Easily join meetings: Joining a Lync Meeting requires only a single touch or click on smartphones, tablets, and PCs.Easily join meetings
    Extend Lync Meetings outside your organization with browser-based access
    Extend Lync Meetings outside your organization with browser-based access:The Lync Web App allows PC and Mac users to join a Lync Meeting from a browser and delivers a full online meeting experience including IM, voice, multiparty video, data collaboration and sharing.Take notes in OneNote: OneNote share allows users in to create and share OneNote digital meeting notes within Lync Meetings.Take notes in OneNoteQuickly and intuitively find the best way to communicate


WebEx imageCisco's WebEx conferencing product allows you to collaborate with colleagues across your organization, or halfway across the planet. You can meet online and share files, information, and expertise. WebEx solutions are meant to increase productivity while keeping you connected.UAB has negotiated a master agreement with WebEx that allows UAB faculty and staff to subscribe to certain enterprise subscriptions.  See the information below for details. 
Ready to order? 

  • Contact the WebEx representative, Ashley Oldani (615-324-4879) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Evan Bearry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ( 904-996-1307), DO NOT order via the WebEx website.
  • WebEx will provide you with a quote/order form via an email link.
  • Click on the link to open the online agreement.
  • Print the signature page and then download and print the actual agreement. DO NOT CLICK OFF ON THE ELECTRONIC APPROVAL.
  • Route the agreement through UAB Contracts for normal approvals.  Attach the document at this link to the document packet as the governing agreement
  • Once signed by UAB then fax all pages to WebEx at the number provided on the quote.  

    WebEx is a comprehensive suite of real-teim web collaboration services that enable organizations to increase reach, accelerate business processes and reduce costs.  Learn more.
    Share ideas online with anyone, anywhere.  Learn more.
    The WebEx Active Host Subscriptions are sold in the Active Host Subscription model by Cisco Systems, Inc. and other authorized resellers.  Learn more the service and the description as it relates to education.



New Features of Blackboard Learn 9.1

UAB implemented a service pack upgrade for Blackboard Learn 9.1 on August 12th, 2013, and this change results in a new look and feel and some new features to the Blackboard environment.

The information below provides a summary of major changes and links to additional content on the change.

*Student information on new features in Blackboard Learn Service Pack 13.

*Not all features may be available for the system as a whole or for certain schools.

Global Navigation & My Blackboard Create a blackboard profile
New discussion thread and post features Social Learning Tools
Calendar Video Everywhere
**My Blackboard  
August 13, 2013

Browser Information

Supported Browsers & Operating Systems for Blackboard Learn

Certified: fully tested and supported.
Compatible: partially tested but should function properly.
Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.
Unsupported: either impossible or not tested.

Microsoft Windows Operating System
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Apple Mac OS Operating System
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  • Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 are tested in Standards Mode. Some known issues can be resolved by using Compatibility Mode (emulates IE7 behavior).
  • Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have moved to a rapid release cycle. At the time of testing, Chrome 16.0 and Firefox 9.0 were the latest available versions. Since then, new stable versions may have been released and widely adopted. Blackboard is supporting all newer stable versions of Chrome and Firefox.

Blackboard Learn Toolbar

The Blackboard Learn Toolbar for Internet Explorer and Firefox enhances the browsing experience for learners.
It facilitates research using context-aware decision support information rather than raw search results.
Learners can use the toolbar to discover resources using the Microsoft Bing Decision Engine.

BBLearn Toolbar

Combined with this new way to search are notifications your students use every day from the Blackboard Learn software.
You can reach students with course updates where they already are – browsing on the web.
Any time their web browser is open they are connected to your institution and getting notifications from classes.

August 13, 2013

Course Files

Course Files: Manage Content at the Course Level

Course files eliminate redundancy and simplify the management of content updates.
An in-course file storage structure makes it easier to keep track of documents used in courses,
similar to the type of file and folder structure that is used on your PC.


content management

The new table of contents allows students to see and navigate the organization of the
set of content on the same page as the materials. A new thumb nail view and
drag and drop upload applet make it quick and easy to get files into Blackboard and to view the image files.