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Using UBlearns

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Digital Dropbox, editing Notification settings and linking to items in the Libraries' Course Reserve and databases.

What new features are available in version 9.1?

A PDF of the enhancements in Blackboard Learn version 9.1 is available for download.

Where is the Digital Drop Box?

The Digital Drop Box tool is no longer available; instructors should use the Assignment tool to manage student submissions. The Assignment tool allows instructors to create assignments with single, multiple or unlimited submissions. Submissions are then found in, and downloaded from the grade center.

Instructors may also wish to share information on Assignment submissions with students (from the UBlearns for Students help site).

How can I link to items in the Libraries' Course Reserve?

You cannot link directly to items listed in the UB Libraries Course Reserve system. You can point your students to the Libraries' Course Reserve website and they can search for and link to the item from there.

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How do I link to an item in a UB Libraries database?

It is possible, in many cases, to link directly to an article or item available in one of the libraries’ 300+ databases. To assure that all students (on or off campus) can access the item, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the item in a library database and look for something to indicate a PURL (persistent uniform resource locator). This may be called a Permalink, Stable URL, Durable URL, DOI, “bookmark this article” or something similar.
  2. Copy the entire persistent URL (including the http://).
  3. Add the following prefix to the URL you copied in step 2.

    http://gate.lib.buffalo.edu/login?url=

    The results will look something like this:

    http://gate.lib.buffalo.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=83843228&site=ehost-live&scope=site
  4. Add the resulting URL to your course.

This method will force the student through the proxy server and link them to the article.

Alternately, you can download an article and post it in your course by adding an item to any content area in UBlearns.

How do I edit my Notification Settings?

Edit Notifications Settings in two places:

  • individual modules in Notification Dashboard or
  • at the top of any page in My Places

Where do I refer students who are having trouble using UBlearns?

Students who need help with UBlearns can visit the UBlearns Help site for Students.

Where do I go with computer, user name or password issues?

For help with these issues contact:

CIT Help Desk
214 Lockwood
Lockwood 2nd Floor Cybrary
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
(716) 645-3542
cit-helpdesk@buffalo.edu

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