Welcome to UB! We've put this guide together to help you get the most out of your experiences as you settle into being a student at the University.
Accessing Your UB
and Remote Access
Getting the Tech
While you're a student at UB, there are some technology services that you'll want to know well and use often. They are:
Your NetID and password gives you access to many UB services, including e-mail, the MyUB Portal, computer labs, online classes, and the wireless network.
My Student Center on the MyUB Portal is where you take care of many of the important tasks that go with being a UB student, such as:
Your UB e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be your official medium of communication with the University. Remember to check it often; you can access it through the Tools section of the Portal or via Outlook when logged in to a campus computer.
The Portal also contains a Tools section where you can check your UB e-mail, access files saved on your M: drive, and search for a roommate through Roommate Connector. You can also use CSI Link to find out about student organizations, and UB Works to search and apply for job positions (assistantships and work-study) on campus.
Both online and face-to-face classes will likely involve the use of Sakai, UB's collaborative online learning system. You'll receive an email before class starts if your professor plans to integrate Sakai into his or her curriculum.
Computers and Printing
Computer labs with printers are available in seven different buildings across campus. Each semester, you'll be given a print balance, or a set number of pages you can print on campus. The Portal allows you to view that balance and add to it if necessary.
You can use your own computer to access campus technology, using the wireless network (WiFi).
Protecting your online privacy (including personal information such as passwords and account numbers) continues to be important for your safety and security. For more about Internet safety, visit the Online Security page.
Need to find an available computer in a lab? Want to use UB's wireless through your iPhone while on campus? You can take advantage of these and other mobile services provided by UB.
You can also connect to a campus computer from home with a Remote Access option.
As a student, you'll have personal storage space on an M: Drive. This is accessible on or off campus via Portal by clicking on the "My Files" icon under Tools. When logged on to an OTS lab or campus computer, you can also get to your files through the "My Documents" folder. Additionally, web page space for a personal web page is available on the ubalt.edu site.
Getting the Technology You Need
Technology Loan Program
As a student at UB, you can borrow various technologies from OTS for 2-3 days, free of charge. Offered items include cameras, laptops, digital voice recorders, and more. Visit the Technology for Students page for details and policies.
Hardware and Software Discounts
You also have access to discounts on Dell and Apple products, as well as software from Microsoft, Adobe, and more. Visit the OTS "Get Software" page for more information.
Technology Support and Tutorials
Feel like there's a skill or program you'd like to get better at? The Achievement and Learning Center (ALC) offers workshops covering topics from Computer Skills Basics and Adobe Creative Suite to Test Preparation and Professional Communication. Workshops are generally $10 for UB students, though some are free of charge. The ALC offers tutoring and writing consultations as well.
Technology Services FAQs
OTS has published FAQ pages on a variety of topics, from clearing your browser's cache and cookies to preventing identity theft.
Still have questions?
The OTS Call Center is located in Academic Center room 101. They can also be reached via telephone at 410.837.6262 or by email at email@example.com. Visit their Contact Page for office hours and other useful info.