Must-know UAA Internet resources

UAA has a variety of Internet resources that are easy to use and helpful for students.

If students don’t know their username or password to any of these Web sites, information is provided on the home page to either create the username and password or find the login information already created for the student.

University of Alaska Anchorage home page:
This Web site has links to all of the Web sites listed below and more. It also informs students of recent news and upcoming events.

All students automatically get a Webmail account. The university sends e-mails to this account for many different purposes: IT Services sends students information about UAA technology, UPD lets students know if there are any safety concerns, and professors often contact students through these accounts. If students already have an e-mail address and don’t want to worry about checking two, they can have the Webmail e-mails forwarded to their personal e-mail under the Webmail’s “Options” tab.

Blackboard is an outlet for professors to communicate with students in each of their classes. If a student’s professors choose to use Blackboard, the class should automatically appear on the student’s Blackboard page. On Blackboard, professors can use comments and post grades, assignments, the syllabus, and useful Web links. Professors can also set up discussion boards for the class or small groups to use. Plus, there is a digital drop box where students can turn in any assignments professors wish to receive this way. Students and professors can receive instruction on how to use Blackboard from classroom workshops and online tutorials found on the IT Services Blackboard login.

UA Online:
Also known as Wolflink, UA Online is normally one of the first Internet resources students learn about at UAA. On this Web site, students can apply for admission, look up and register for classes, find information about financial aid, check grades, and view unofficial transcripts and degree evaluations.

MyUA Portal:
Past articles in The Northern Light gave the MyUA Portal a low grade for lack of innovation, interactivity and design, but it is still a secure way to view Webmail, Blackboard and UA Online (also known as Wolflink) on one page.

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University of Alaska employment:
Anyone can use this Web site to find employment opportunities at any of the UA campuses. The search engine helps users quickly find the best job to fit their needs.

The Permit Store:
This Web site is the easiest way to purchase a parking permit. Students must have a parking permit or use a “Pay and Park” machine after Sept. 3. Only Green and Yellow parking permits are available online; Platinum parking permits are only issued through the Parking Services office found in the bookstore. Platinum permits allow holders to park in the garage and on all surface lots.

UAA media:
UAA’s student-run media, The Northern Light newspaper and KRUA The Edge 88.1 FM radio, both have Web sites to entertain and inform the community. UAA’s Office of University Advancement also produces the Green and Gold Daily, which is e-mailed to staff and students. These press releases and articles are another way to find out about campus happenings.