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
Course Reserve website and they can search for and link to the
item from there.
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:
- 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.
- Copy the entire persistent URL (including the
- Add the following prefix to the URL you copied in step 2.
The results will look something like this:
- Add the resulting URL to your course.
This method will force the student through the proxy server and
link them to the article.
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
Lockwood 2nd Floor Cybrary
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260