Using UB Learns

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

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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 UB Learns 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 University Libraries' Course Reserve website and they can search for and link to the item from there.

> Learn more about linking to course reserves

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.

    The results will look something like this:
  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 UB Learns.

How do I edit my Notification Settings?

Edit Notifications Settings in two places:

  • individual modules in Notification Dashboard

    At the top of any page in My Places.

Where do I refer students who are having trouble using UB Learns?

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

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

For help with these issues contact:

UBIT Help Center
3rd Floor Silverman Library
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
(716) 645-3542

Need additional help?

Use our contact form to submit a help ticket (you may be asked for your UBITName and password). After the form is submitted, a member of the UB Learns support team will follow up with you within one business day.