Collaboration resources are tools and technologies that enable members of the UAB community to transparently engage with partners across campus and around the globe.
Available tools include wikis, mailing lists, blogs, content management, software development and other tools to help maintain a presence on the web.
To facilitate interaction with peers at other institutions, we interface to a number of regional and national initiatives including:
Network resources are the fundamental infrastructure connecting you to a world of information. High speed networks carry data rapidly across campus and connect UAB to institutions across a leading-edge national infrastructure. Dedicated network resources support transparent access to computational and collaboration resources whether they are on campus or across the nation.
Using the UAB WiFi Network
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.
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
The following tools and services are recommended for use when most of the participants are off campus such as during an emergency.
|How Do I Access My Computer When Off Campus|
For those who are allowed to access your computer from off campus, please click on the type of machine you use for step-by-step instructions. Please note: part of these instructions must be performed from your work computer in advance (e.g. determining the IP address of your computer, and in Mac OS X 10.5.x you will need to enable screen sharing on your work machine).
|How Do I Make Phone Calls When Off Campus|
UAB Cell Phone
Employees, with manager's approval, can request cell phone services.
|How Do I Hold Meetings When Off Campus|
AT&T Telephone Conferencing
Telephone based conference bridge numbers provided by AT&T can be obtained through the IT billing office. Note: When on campus, there are tools that are better suited and available at no cost.
Desktop Web Conferencing / Microsoft Live Meeting
|How Do I Access Email When Off Campus|
Outlook Web Access (OWA) provides the user the ability to access their email from any computer connected to the Internet.
|How Do I Access Voicemail When Off Campus|
To access your voicemail off campus, dial one of these numbers and follow the prompts: 934-6245, 975-6245, or 996-6245.
Any one-time message addressed to multiple recipients that needs to be sent from a "special" address rather than a user’s personal address is considered a mass email. Mass e-mails sent to all faculty, staff and students are reserved for special circumstances and require special permissions based upon organizational hierarchy. Ultimately, these requests will require approval from the Office of the Provost. To initiate the process, please complete the AskIT Mass Email Request form. Once the permissions are granted, Central IT will construct the lists and send the e-mail. When submitting your request, please indicate the required send date and allow seven business days for completion of the request. These requests are handled by Infrastructure Services.
- Emails to large numbers must be approved based upon the organizational hierarchy. If the message is addressed to all faculty, staff and students, then a Provost/President level approval is required. Deans can approve for their school, VP for Student Affairs can send to all students, etc.
- Sending to recipient addresses that are not in the phonebook is problematic, and may cause complaints and/or outside mail services to block email from UAB. If this is required, special approval will be needed.
- Date and Time: Date and time to send the message (off hours if possible), at least 7 days before the mailing is to be sent.
- From: A valid From: address must be provided (usually a Resources or other non-personal departmental account); if none is provided, the requestor’s address will be used.
- Subject: Requestor must provide a Subject: line for the message.
- Format: The preferred format is text-only; any additional formatting may be lost or altered.
- Links: If the message has clickable links embedded in it, the visible URL must match the "real" URL, or the message will most likely be flagged as a phishing attempt and rejected by some mail systems.
- Recipients: Recipient email addresses (to request a subset of Faculty/Students/Employees, the ticket must be assigned to both TUCC: Bill Laughlin and UNIX Group: Ed Harris)
- BlazerID (preferred)
- Banner ID #
- Oracle ID #
A report will be sent to the requestor containing the number of emails sent, and the number and addresses not sent with reason. If time permits, this info will be provided before the email is sent.
If a major discrepancy is found, the email will not be sent until the requestor is consulted. If necessary approvals are not submitted within this timeframe, the email will be delayed. A copy of the approval must be attached to the Footprints ticket before sending the email.