Software News

Courses to be Removed from Blackboard

In accordance with UA’s LMS Course Retention Policy, materials more than two years old will be removed from the Blackboard Learn system. The Center for Instructional Technology will begin removing content from the LMS on July 15. Instructors can export course content, copy content to another course, and request a course shell to copy content from an existing course. Visit the CIT website for more information.

MATLAB Webinars – Spring 2021

MathWorks is offering several free upcoming webinars for research with MATLAB and Simulink. Topics include “MATLAB and Simulink with Python,” “The Use of MATLAB in Open Science,” “Scaling Up MATLAB Applications to Clusters and Clouds,” and others! More information, and webinar registration, is available on the MathWorks website.

matlab webinar

Student Alias Email Address Change

Currently, students have unadvertised alias accounts that direct to As a part of the student email migration May 7-9, OIT will be removing alias email addresses for students. Students that use their alias email addresses for any accounts, memberships, email lists, etc. should change from to This change is designed to simplify the mail environment for students and IT administrators, and also to allow the coexistence of student and employee email domains within the UA Microsoft O365 tenant.

Latest Version of NVivo Now Available

The latest version of NVivo is now available for UA students, faculty and staff. Previously, NVivo released versions with numbers, the latest version (sans numbers) is now available. NVivo 10 and NVivo 11 are also still available. License keys for each version are available on the OIT software catalog.

OIT To Apply Online Archiving for O365 Mailboxes

Microsoft O365 provides online archive space for faculty and staff mailboxes. Sunday, April 11, OIT will apply the Online Archive feature to all UA faculty and staff O365 mailboxes.

With the Online Archive feature, UA faculty and staff can move files they wish to archive to the Online Archive mailbox from within their Outlook application or Outlook on the web. Below is a screenshot of how the Online Archive folder will appear for UA faculty and staff O365 mailboxes.  Learn archiving, and other Outlook best practices, on the OIT website.

Online Archive folder appears at bottom of folder list

Microsoft Teams Workshops

Microsoft Teams is OIT’s favorite communication and collaboration app. Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place. Microsoft Training professionals will be offering three upcoming virtual workshops for UA students, faculty and staff.

Microsoft Teams Training

Microsoft Teams 101
March 26

Microsoft Teams Organization and Settings
April 1

Adding Files in Microsoft Teams
April 8

Learn more about each of these workshops on the UA Events Calendar.

Review Calendar Permissions

When student email accounts are migrated from Google to Microsoft O365, UA students, faculty and staff calendars will be hosted in the same environment. The default calendar setting is to share free/busy information only; however, faculty and staff may choose to make their calendars completely private. Before student email is migrated into O365, OIT encourages UA faculty and staff to review their current calendar permissions. Instructions to do so are available on the OIT website.

Learn Teams – Within Teams

Join the Microsoft Resources Team – a Team within the Microsoft Teams app where UA Microsoft partners share tutorials, videos and helpful content. All UA students, faculty and staff are welcome to join. This Team allows users to learn more about the Microsoft Teams environment through experience.

Join the Team today! If you’re new to Teams, learn more about it on the OIT website.

Live Transcription Available in Zoom

Live transcription is now available for UA Zoom accounts! Transcription can be enabled by the host, and any participants can view the captioning as needed. The robot transcription service enables speech to text transcription in Zoom meetings and webinars. Live transcription only supports English.

AI/automatic speech recommendation captions are not accurate enough to serve as an accommodation – for that, human/manual captioning is necessary –  but this service can enhance accessibility for all users.

To enable live transcription, sign into the Zoom web portal, and visit Settings. Select the Meeting tab, scroll to the Advanced settings and select the checkbox to enable transcription. If any user finds that they are unable to access these settings, contact the UA System Zoom Support Team.

enable live transcription check box

Minecraft Education Edition Available Through O365

Minecraft Education Edition is available for all UA students, faculty and staff through Microsoft O365. To access Minecraft Education Edition, visit the Minecraft website. Login with your or Crimson email address and myBama password.

Minecraft can be used to create virtual hangout spaces – an ideal way to create and cultivate community among students while physically distant. Below are examples of how the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Religious Studies replicated their Presidents Hall student lounge in Minecraft. Get started building your space today!

Presidents Hall in Minecraft

student lounge space

Presidents Hall in MinecraftReligious studies student lounge