Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:14

Barnes & Noble Nook Study for Students

Nook Study

NOOKstudy is a feature-rich and easy-to-use software application that allows you to store and manage digital content for your classes – eTextbooks, class materials, personal notes, and teacher handouts - in a single location.

NOOKstudy is a free download, and can be used on either a Mac or PC. You should note that it is not available on nook readers - a little confusing and a cause of some irritation if you check out discussion boards - this is due to the nature of textbook presentation and something that Barnes & noble is working on for future iterations.

Some Key features:

  • The ability to create course specific files where you can maintain and organize all electronic content related to your courses: syllabi, hand-outs, scanned written notes, links to content
  • The flexibility to electronically highlight and take notes in a variety of colors for easier recall and improved organization
  • Tools that allow you to tag content for future reference
  • The option of having multiple eTextbooks open simultaneously to make studying more efficient
  • One click access to complementary online reference materials and resources (e.g. Google, Wikipedia, dictionary, etc.) directly from the eTextbooks

Review these videos to learn how to take advantage of Nookstudy's features.
You can find additional support information here.

Download Nook Study
Feature Information
FAQs and Support

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:12

Submitting Assignments Using Turnitin

Submitting Assignments using Turnitin

Some of your instructors might use Turnitin to manage written assessments. The document below walks you you through the process of submitting work to this system.

Submitting Turnitin Assignments

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:11

Using Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a platform of tools that provides synchronous video and audio interaction, display, and collaborative tools for online and blended courses. It is the result of a merger between the elluminate and Wimba systems.

This system is being used on a pilot basis on some UAB courses during the Fall 2012 term. It provides many of the same features and functions that Wimba does, and will be the UAB online classroom tool from Fall 2013 forward.

The following links provide information on using the system from the participant perspective. If your course uses Bb Collaborate, please use these links to familiarize yourself with this tool.

Collaborate Online Orientation Check System Requirements
Participant Reference Guide Quick Start Guide

Checking Your Version of Java

What is Java?

Java is a programming language and is critical for running a number of web-based programs and utilities. The java run time environment (which is commonly shortened to JRE, or Java) allows java-based applets to run in your browser.

Why do I need Java
A number of Blackboard tools require java to run: the text editor, collaboration tools such as the chat window and whiteboard, and other tools such as the Wimba live classroom, all run using Java applets. A lot of web-based content that you can link to from your course will also require Java to run.

How to Check your Version of Java
You can check the supported Java version on the same page that identifies Blackboard's supported browsers.
To check the version you have on your computer:

  1. Click on the Start menu (lower left corner of your screen)
  2. Click Control panel
  3. Double-click Java; then click About in the Java control panel.
  4. Click Close.

How to clear Java Cache


  1. Close all browser windows.
  2. Go to Start, then choose the Control Panel.
  3. Click on the icon named Java. On the General Tab, under the section labeled Temporary Internet Files click the button Delete Files.
  4. Then choose to delete all the types offered.
  5. Close the control panel by clicking OK and restart your web browser.


  1. In Finder search for Java Preferences.
  2. Open Java Preferences and click on the Network tab.
  3. Click the Delete Files button.

About Browser History and Caching

A cache is a temporary storage area where frequently accessed data can be retained for rapid loading. A web browser cache holds copies of pages that pass through it - all items you have accessed or downloaded from the Internet, including images, sounds, Web pages, and cookies. These items are stored on your computer, usually in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Why clear your cache?
You may occasionally encounter an error message, a "Page Not Found" display, a "Momentarily Unavailable Message" etc. This could be due to a problem with the system, maintenance, or a number of other reasons. If you decide to go back to this url later, you may see this same message even though the problem is corrected because your browser has pulled the page from your cache.

How to clear your cache:

  1. In Internet Explorer:
    1. Click on the Tools menu, click Internet Options. The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.
    2. On the General tab, in the Browsing the Internet section, click the Delete button. This will delete all the files that are currently stored in your cache.
  2. In Firefox:
    1. Click on Tools, Options, then select the Advanced panel. In the Offline Storage section, click Clear Now.
  3. In Safari (Mac OS X):
    1. Click on the Safari menu, select Reset Safari. Select the items that you want to reset, then click Reset.

You can set your browser to automatically clear cache, and you can re-size your cache storage to maintain more cached files to speed up performance; this, however, increases the likelihood that you will access stale content.

How to set your browser to automatically clear cache:

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on the Tools menu, click Internet Options. The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:30

Best Practices - Checking Your Browser

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.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:36

Student Quicklinks


2015-2016 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

BlazerID and Password

Most of UAB’s secured online resources require you to log in using your BlazerID and password. Get a BlazerID or change your password at BlazerID Central at Student passwords will expire every 180 days; you will receive notices when it is time to change it. To change or reset a forgotten password, visit BlazerID Central.


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

Free software

Your Office 365 account gives you access to free Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with 1 TB of storage in a OneDrive account. Other software is also available for free or at a discount.

Free software includes Office 365, Mathematica, Matlab, Endnote, DreamSpark, Antivirus software and Gartner research.

Discounted software includes Adobe Creative Cloud and Dell products.


Quicklinks EmailEvery student has access to a free 50 GB e-mail account through Office 365. Your UAB e-mail address
( is the place to look for all official correspondence from UAB. To check or update your e-mail preferences, visit BlazerID Central at To register a UAB account, click “Get A UAB Email Account” on the left side of the web page.

Get help

For 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, or call AskIT at 205-996-5555. Walk-in help is also available at the Center for Teaching and Learning. Hours of operation vary and are posted on the AskIT website.

File Size & UAB Dropbox

Your Office 365 mailbox has 50 GB of space, and the size limit for attachments is 30MB. Large attachments should be sent via the UAB Drop Box at

Wireless Networks

Stay connected on campus by accessing the UAB WiFi network using your BlazerID and password: For information about Apogee ResNet in the dorms, click here.

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 Canvas Mobile:

Online Classroom/Canvas

Online courses are available via Canvas (log in with your BlazerID and password at Training and support opportunities are available at the site. 

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 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. Microsoft Office products are available to students for free through their Office 365 accounts, along with free storage on OneDrive. Through UAB's relationship with Dell, many computer products are available at a discount to students (and parents on behalf of students).  Visit and select from the available resources for more details.

Computer Labs

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

Campus Directory

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

Copyright/Download rules

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

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:


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) all starts with registering your cell phone and selecting which services you want to take advantage of. Visit and sign up today.


Tuesday, 05 February 2013 10:26

UAB Guest User Accounts (XIAS accounts)

Persons who are formally affiliated with UAB gain access to university-managed electronic resources by means of an officially recognized credential called a “BlazerID."  A non-UAB person who needs access to these resources is not eligible to create a BlazerID, and is thus required to obtain a guest username and password.  Guest accounts (also referred to as “XIAS” accounts) must be sponsored by a UAB employee, and are subject to an approval and setup process. 

Who is a guest?

Guest accounts can be used for many purposes at UAB.  Guests can fall into a number of categories, including but not limited to:

  • A researcher accessing data stored on a UAB SharePoint site
  • A colleague from another institution who needs to access a UAB file share
  • A vendor that is remotely supporting a UAB-owned system via VPN
  • A site visitor conducting an accreditation review who needs local network access
  • A consultant who needs system access to conduct on-site installation or maintenance  
  • A high school guidance counselor who needs access to Banner



As a Sponsor, use the links below to begin the process of setting up a guest account.  Once you have completed the underlying form(s), the sponsored user or users will receive automated emails that will guide them through the process of completing the setup.  Once the setup is complete, you will receive an email confirmation and information on next steps.

I would like to…

      Give a guest access to hardware or software that they support in your area

      Give a guest access to the UAB VPN

      Give a guest access to a SharePoint site or other Windows-based resource

      Give a guest external access to the Admin Systems


As a guest, you will receive an automated email that with instructions on how to complete the setup of your sponsored account.  You can use the link below to manage certain aspects of your account, such as a forgotten password.  Please note that as a guest you are not able to initiate the account creation process; this must be done by a valid UAB-affiliated sponsor.

       Manage my guest account


UAB has three applications that will be impacted by the end of life for Oracle Java 6.  On July 3rd, the Oracle Java automatic update service will begin upgrading Java runtime environments (JRE) to Java 7.  Faculty, students and staff that use Blackboard Learn and the portions of Banner and Oracle that are built on the "Oracle Forms" product, will need to continue to use Java 6 on their computers until further notice

Special adjustments to your computer systems will likely be required to maintain this Java 6 configuration.  Disabling Java Update increases the risk to malware infection and will increase the effort required to manage vulnerabilities for this software product.  UAB IT is continuing to monitor the capability of the products that are currently dependent on Java 6 and will recommend that this automatic update feature be reinstated as soon as possible.

Students: for more information on how to setup your computer see and click on your appropriate operating system.

Faculty/Staff: please contact your computer support staff to ensure that your computer is configured properly to prevent any issues with this Java change.

If you have any issues or concerns please contactAskIT at or 205-996-5555.

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