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.
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.
Your 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.
Stay connected on campus by accessing the UAB WiFi network using your BlazerID and password: uab.edu/it/wireless.
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.
UAB 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.
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.
Individuals 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.
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 uab.edu/askit, or call AskIT at 205-996-5555. Hours of operation vary and are posted on the 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)...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.