Checking Your Browser

Browsers change, web content changes, and frequently pages don’t render exactly the way a developer wants them to in different browsers or browser versions.
Blackboard maintains a list of browsers that are supported, compatible and certified.
Here’s how to check your browser version:

1. Open your browser:
2. Click on the following:

  • Explorer:
    • Click Help, then About Internet Explorer, the version number that you are using (e.g. Internet Explorer8) appears in the dialog box
  • Firefox:
    • Click Help, then About Mozilla Firefox, the version number that you are using (e.g. Firefox version 3.6.13) appears in the dialog box.
  • Safari:
    • Click on Safari in the Safari menu
    • Select About Safari from the drop-down menu, the version number (e.g. Safari 5.0.3) appears in the dialog box.
February 21, 2013

Student Quicklinks

STUDENT QUICKLINKS & CONTACTS

2013-2014 Academic Year

 UAB Information Technology strives to provide consistent, accessible, personalized and collaborative environments to enhance the student experience. The quicklinks below provide a ‘get-started’ list of the most common services students ask about. For even more information and resources available to the student community visit uab.edu/it/home/students.

BlazerID and Password

Most of UAB's secured online resources require you to log in using your BlazerID and password.  You probably already have a BlazerID; however,  if you are not sure or if you need to change your password, you can visit BlazerID Central at uab.edu/blazerid.  As of January 1, 2014 a new password/passphrase standard is in effect. In accordance with the new standard student passwords will expire at 180 day intervals.  You will receive multiple advance notifications of a pending password expiration date.  

BlazerNet

Using your BlazerID and password, log into BlazerNet, UAB's student portal - uab.edu/blazernet. From there you will be able to link to class registration, grades, financial aid and other academic resources.

E-mail

Quicklinks EmailYour UAB e-mail address (BlazerID@uab.edu) is the place to look for all official correspondence from UAB. To check or update your e-mail preferences, visit BlazerID Central at uab.edu/blazerid. To register a UAB account, click “Get A UAB Email Account” on the left side of the web page.  This service is available at no cost to all active students, and provides up to 1GB of mail storage.  Currently, you can access your account with any Microsoft Outlook client, or through the web via mail.ad.uab.edu.  Beginning in May 2014 UAB will be transitioning students to Microsoft Office 365 email.  This will provide 50GB of storage plus other features. If your email account has been migrated to Office 365, you should use www.outlook.com/uab.edu to access your mailbox. For help with email configuration, visit the FAQ link:to uab.edu/it/email.

File Size & UAB Dropbox

Your mailbox has 1GB of space, and the size limit for attachments is 30MB.  Large attachments should be sent via the UAB Drop Box at uab.edu/dropbox.

Wireless Networks

Stay connected on campus by accessing the UAB WiFi network using your BlazerID and password: uab.edu/it/wireless.

Mobile Users

Have an Apple or Android mobile device? Download the free UAB Mobile app which provides access to class schedules, maps, Campus Directory, news and athletics, and Blackboard Mobile Learn:  uab.edu/app.

Online Classroom/Blackboard & Canvas

Online courses are available via UAB’s online classroom, Blackboard (log in with your BlazerID and password at uab.edu/bb). For support, check out the Blackboard self-help options at  uab.edu/bblearn/student-support.  Students generally have access to their specific Blackboard courses on the first day of the term, but faculty may arrange for earlier or later access.  Beginning in Summer 2014, UAB will begin transitioning to Canvas as the learning management system. All courses will be in Canvas for Fall 2014.  To access Canvas, visit the Canvas website at www.uab.edu/canvas 

Recommended System Specifications & Computer Setup

UAB IT provides recommendations on computer specifications for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows PC laptop and desktop systems, and guidance on how to prepare your computer for use at UAB (before you arrive on campus). Visit uab.edu/it/students and select from the available resources for more detail.

Software & Computers

UAB IT offers an extensive library of software for free or at discounted pricing, including antivirus software, Microsoft Office products and more. Through UAB's relationship with Dell, many computer products are available at a discount to students (and parents on behalf of students).  Visit uab.edu/it/students and select from the available resources for more detail.

Computer Labs

computerUAB maintains several student computing labs which are open to all current students with a valid BlazerID. For locations and hours, visit uab.edu/it/labs.

Campus Directory

The online directory contains contact information for students, faculty, staff and all UAB entities: uab.edu/directory.

Higher Education Opportunity Act & Digital Rights Compliance

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) includes provisions to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing of movies, videos, music, etc. More information, including how UAB detects and responds to illegal downloading activity, can be found at uab.edu/it/heoa.

IT Policies

policiesIndividuals who use UAB technology resources are required to read the Acceptable Use Policy in its entirety. This and other IT policies, standards and best practices can be found on the UAB IT website: uab.edu/it/policies.

Help Desk

help deskFor support with all things IT contact AskIT, UAB's IT help desk. Many self-help articles and FAQs are available on the AskIT website.  To access the FAQs, open a ticket or chat with an agent visit uab.edu/askit, or call AskIT at 205-996-5555.  Hours of operation vary and are posted on the website.

eNotify

Students can register their cell phone for various notifications from around campus.  From notifications about postings in the learning management system, to reminders about registration deadlines, to being able to reset your BlazerID password remotely (24x7)...it all starts with registering your cell phone and selecting which services you want to take advantage of. Visit uab.edu/enotify and sign up today.

 

Link to full clicker website/information

As a student, your information in the Electronic Phonebook and printed Campus Directory is published in accordance with the Family and Privacy Act of 1974, as outlined in Section IV of UAB's Student Records Policy. This is also noted in the printed Class Schedule on the WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW page under the ABOUT STUDENT RECORDS heading, which provides instructions for requesting that this information not be made available. If you submit the waiver form as described, then your entry in the Phonebook will be suppressed, and only you will be able to view its contents. This will also remove your listing from subsequent editions of the Campus Directory.

A less drastic solution is now available, where you can suppress just your phone number and leave the rest of your entry available for display. If you use the Change Information function and supply Contact Information (even if it just says "None"), then that will override your phone number.

Published in FAQ - Infrastructure

Effective July 14, 2014, student access to both wired and wireless networks in UAB’s student dormitories – Blazer, Blount, Camp, Denman and Rast Halls – has been moved to a separate non-UAB network.

All dorms are now served through Apogee ResNet Service, and students should direct all questions or concerns about connecting to the wired or wireless network in their dorms directly to the Apogee Help Line at 866-478-8865.

Outside the dorms, students should continue to connect their devices to the UAB WiFi network. For directions, click here.

 

 

Digital Copyright Compliance / HEOA Compliance

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) includes provisions to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.  UAB's policy concerning such copyright and licensing violations can be found in the Acceptable Use of Computer and Network Resources document. The specific, applicable example of a violation from that policy document is:

"Copyright and licensing violations including, but not limited to, providing or obtaining illegal copies of software or digital media (movies, videos, music, etc.) for which legal permission to distribute or possess has not been granted." 

Detection and Response

In an effort to comply with HEOA and effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of materials by users of the UAB network, UAB blocks many peer-to-peer protocols primarily associated with copyright infringement.  When UAB IT receives a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notification indicating unauthorized copying of material, UAB IT disables the associated network port and/or wireless connection and notifies the affected user or department. In order to re-enable the network port UAB requires violators to meet with an IT Help Desk representative to discuss the offense and the impact of the violation. Violators are required to bring their system to the Help Desk to ensure that all relevant file sharing software and infringing content has been removed

On subsequent infringement notices, students are referred to the Office of Non-academic Student Conduct.  Network access is blocked until we get approval from the Office of Non-academic Student Conduct. Employees are referred to their appropriate departmental management for handling. 

Alternative (Legal) Online Sources for Copyrighted Materials

Many legal sources exist for copyrighted material such as movies and music - some are free and others are for-fee. UAB's Mervyn H. Sterne Library maintains a website of Legal Media Downloads with links to many of the sites.  They are provided only as a resource and no endorsement is intended for any of the listed sites.

Links to Related Policies 

 

 

Preparing Your Computer for Use at UAB

Incoming students are required to verify that their computers are up-to-date with the latest patches and antivirus software. This step must be completed prior to connecting to the UAB network using a wired Ethernet (in residence halls only) or wireless (Wi-Fi) connection. Please follow these steps to prepare your computer. When you have prepared your computer, click the link in Step 5 to verify that you have the correct settings.

Step 1.Ensure that your computer is running a valid, licensed operating system. For students, UAB supports PCs with Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 2, Windows 7 with Service pack 1, and Windows 8.   UAB also supports Macs with OS X 10.6 or later.

(Note:Microsoft and UAB will stop supporting XP on April 8th, 2014.  Students can download Windows 7 and Windows 8 for free on the software website, www.uab.edu/it/students then click on Microsoft Agreements and Products for more information

Step 2. Check for updates that are available for your operating system. Windows operating systems can be updated by clicking on Start, clicking on All Programs, and then click Windows Update.

Student Computer Step 2 1     Student Computer Step 2 2

Mac OS X operating systems can be updated by clicking on the Apple icon in the Menu ribbon and choosing Software Update.

Student Computer Step 2 mac


Step 3. Ensure that one of the antivirus applications in the list below is installed. Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront are free of charge to students and can be downloaded at the links provided. Contact the AskIT Help Desk at 205-966-5555 for assistance with antivirus issues.

For Windows Operating Systems:

·Microsoft Security Essentials (available to students at no cost)

· Norton (Symantec)

· McAfee

·AVGKaspersky

·   Microsoft Forefront (available to students at no cost)





For Mac Operating Systems:

·Sophos (available to all students at no additional cost)

· Avast

· ClamAV

· McAfee

· Norton

· Intego

When you select and install your antivirus software, be sure to enable the Auto-update feature so the application will automatically download the latest antivirus definitions at regularly scheduled intervals.

Step 4. Secunia PSI is a security tool designed to detect out-of-date programs and plug-ins which expose your computer to attacks. This tool regularly scans your computer to determine if installed programs need to be patched or are no longer in service. Click here for Secunia PSI

Step 5. Click the link below to perform the final verification. This final step will either indicate a successful completion or indicate where further changes must be made.

http://bradford-nas-vip.dpo.uab.edu/authentication/remote.html

Step 6. For complete setup instructions to UAB Wifi-NAC click here Setting up Wifi-Nac for Network Access

Step 7. Blackboard (UAB Online Learning System) http://www.uab.edu/bblearn/student-support

For students who will be using Blackboard, visit the Blackboard Student Support page and follow the directions to ensure that your computer is configured properly. Several tutorials are provided to familiarize you with the Blackboard system.

Step 8. For assistance with the information above or any technical issue, contact AskIT or send an email to askit@uab.edu This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Recommended System Specs for Student Computers

2014-2015 UAB IT Recommendations

 

Apple Macintosh:  Laptop & Desktop systems

 

Minimum/Recommended

 

CPU

Intel I5 processor or higher

 

RAM (memory)

4GB or higher

 

Hard Disk

160 GB or higher (or SSD)

 

Operating System

Mac OS X 10.8 or higher

 

Networking

802.11g/n wireless or ethernet

 

 Microsoft Windows PC:  Laptop

 

 

Minimum/Recommended

 

CPU

 

Intel I5 processor (or higher)

 

RAM (memory)

 

4 GB (or higher)

 

Hard Disk

 

160 GB (or higher) or SSD

 

Operating System

 

Windows 7 (or higher)

 

Networking

 

802.11g/m wireless or Ethernet

 

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