Getting Started

Online learning gives you the opportunity to advance your education without having to come to the UB campus regularly for classes. Our online courses are conducted entirely through the Internet, allowing you to receive assignments, submit coursework and interact with your professor and other students via your computer. You do not have to be online at any particular time. However, while online courses provide some time flexibility, they are highly interactive and are NOT self-study courses. Most courses follow a weekly schedule and require you to login at least 2-3 times each week to participate successfully.

To be successful, be sure to follow the steps below:

1) Check your UB Email Regularly

After you register for an online course, you should check your UB email regularly for course instructions & important messages. To access your UB email, login to myUB and click on UB Email on the top left. For assistance, visit our UB Email Help section.

2) Participate in Online Orientation

New students will receive an email one week prior to their first online course with Orientation instructions.
  • The online orientation is required for all new online students and you will be automatically enrolled when you register for classes. The orientation is conducted in an actual online classroom, and is designed to help you become familiar with all the features used in our online courses.
  • Students only need to complete the orientation once, prior to their first online course.
  • Here are the computer requirements & support resources for an online course. A traditional desktop or laptop is recommended for online students. Mobile devices are supported and can be used for normal viewing of your courses, but may not be optimal for performing all activities and assignments. Click here for more information on Canvas mobile apps.

3) Access Your Courses the Day Classes Begin

Students should login to Canvas on the official course start date:
  • Students will receive access to their online courses the first day of class.
  • To access your online courses, login to myUB and click on the Canvas link under Library & Technology Resources in the middle of the page.

4) Prepare and Participate

Taking an online course can be a very rewarding experience if you are prepared. Here are some tips for taking your first online course:
  • UB online classes are not self-study classes. Each class has a start & end date, with weekly assignments and require regular participation.
  • You will need to login to your online class 2-3 times per week to read your course material, get your assignments and interact with other students. Students who do not participate during the first week of the course may be dropped from the course.
  • Participate frequently. Regular participation will help you stay connected to the course, your instructor and your classmates.
  • You do not need to be online at any particular time, although it is helpful to plan a few hours each week into your schedule to complete your coursework.
  • Stay in contact with your instructor if you have any questions or need clarification on course requirements.

Be sure to review the resources in Canvas and reach out to your advisor if you have any specific questions. We are here to help and we look forward to working with you!