Emergency Preparedness

In the event that students are unable to physically attend classes due to an unusual situation (e.g., COVID-19 or weather-related event), faculty can continue to teach their courses online using UB Learns.

The Center for Educational Innovation's Teaching Beyond the Campus website can help guide you as you consider the best path forward when navigating these potential challenges.

On this page:

Logging Into UB Learns

  1. Go to ublearns.buffalo.edu
  2. Enter your UBITName and password.

How to Make a UB Learns Course Available to Students

Updates made through the UB Learns Class Setup Tool will take effect within three hours.

Enable a UB Learns course via the Class Setup Tool

  1. Go to the UB Learns Class Setup Tool or click the Class Setup tab from within UB Learns.
  2. Click on a current or upcoming term under Class by Term.
  3. Click Edit Class (pencil icon) for the class you want to enable.
  4. Click Enabled for UB Learns Status.
  5. Choose an access date (the date students are automatically enrolled in the class) for Set Student Access Date.
  6. Click Update Class.

Adding Content: Items and Web Links

Adding an Item

  1. Navigate to a content area using the Content link in the Course menu (left-hand side menu).
  2. Select Item from the Build Content dropdown menu.
  3. Complete the options in the dialog box.
  4. Click Submit.

Adding a Web Link (URL)

  1. Navigate to a content area using the Content link in the Course menu (left-hand side menu).
  2. Select Web Link from the Build Content dropdown menu.
  3. Complete the options in the dialog box.
  4. Click Submit.

Communicating with Students within the Course: Email, Announcements and Discussion Boards

Emailing from a course

  1. Click Course Tools in the Course menu (left-hand side menu).
  2. Click Send Email from the expanded Course Tools list.
  3. Choose a group to whom you would like to send the email.
  4. Complete the options in the dialog box.
  5. Click Submit.

Creating an announcement in a course

  1. Click Announcements in the Course menu (left-hand side menu).
  2. Click Create Announcement.
  3. Fill in the Subject and Message fields.
  4. Set additional options (duration, course link), if necessary.
  5. Click Submit.

Creating a discussion board

  1. Click Assignments in the Course menu (left-hand side menu).
  2. Select Discussion Board from the Tools dropdown menu.
  3. Click Link to Discussion Board Page or chose a previously created discussion board from the Select Discussion Board Forum list.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Complete the options in the dialog box.
  6. Click Submit.

Assessing Learners: Assignments and Tests (Assessments)

The UB Scoring Services website has additional information on grading and assessing students in virtual environments.

Creating an assignment

  1. Click Assignments in the Course menu (left-hand side menu).
  2. Select Assignment from the Assessments dropdown menu.
  3. Complete the options in the dialog box.
  4. Click Submit.

Creating a test (assessment)

  1. Navigate to a content area using the Content link in the Course menu (left-hand side menu).
  2. Select Test from the Assessments dropdown menu.
  3. Click Create.
  4. Complete the options in the dialog box.
  5. Click Submit. You should now be on the Test Canvas page.
  6. Use the Create Question dropdown menu, the Reuse Question dropdown menu or the Upload Questions button to add questions to your assessment.
  7. Click OK when finished.

Working in the Grade Center

In the Grade Center, you can add and manage your students' grades for assignments, tests, discussion posts, journals, blogs, wikis and more. You can also create grade columns for any activity or requirement you want to grade, such as special projects, participation or attendance.

In addition, you can use Grade Center for ungraded items, such as surveys or self-tests.

UB Learns Integrations: Extending Functionality

In addition to the native tools of UB Learns, integrations with existing university services, including Panopto and Webex, extend the functionality and outreach of UB Learns. 

  • Panopto provides instructors with the ability to record, edit and publish academic video and audio content from their computer or mobile device. 
  • Webex is a web conferencing tool that enables fully interactive video and audio connections and can be used to host online office hours, lectures and recitations with students locally or from around the world.

UB Learns Support

For more information on using UB Learns, visit the UB Learns Help website for faculty and the UB Learns Help website for students.

If you are having general computer problems or problems logging into UB Learns, please contact the UBIT Help Center.

If you would like to speak to a UB Learns support team member, please see our contact points below:

  • Support hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Phone support: 716-645-6188
  • Email support: ublearns@buffalo.edu
  • Walk-up support: Currently unavailable