The Link Blue ID and Password must be used to access most University resources, including email, course registration, library databases, and online classroom tools such as Canvas or Blackboard. More information about activating and using your Link Blue account can be found here: http://www.uky.edu/ukit/help/linkblue
As a student at the University of Kentucky you can choose to activate either the UK-affiliated Gmail or Office 365 email services. Email accounts can be activated through the Account Manager tab using the Link Blue ID.
For the online degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Canvas (very similar to Blackboard, if you have used it before) will be used as the Learning Management System (LMS). This is the primary tool that you will use to navigate your courses online. Entering Canvas will require your Link Blue ID and password. After registering for courses through myuk, you can log in to Canvas (uk.instructure.com) to see a list of those courses. The course contents, however, will not be accessible until the Professor has published the material. When the material is published for a course, you will receive an email invitation from that Professor to access the material. An introductory walkthrough video of Canvas can be found here.
Access to a scanner for homework submissions is required. Webcam and microphone are recommended for online interactions. For additional information regarding Distance Learning Library Services go to http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/DLLS. You can also contact Carla Cantagallo, DL Librarian through phone (859-257-0500 ext. 2171 or long-distance phone number: 800-828-0439) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Adobe Connect online meeting space will be used when face-to-face or otherwise synchronous events are required. For example, it may be used for weekly discussion groups or instructors’ virtual office hours. For each online course in which you are enrolled, you will be provided with a URL to enter the meeting space. It is highly recommended that you test your computer system, webcam, and microphone for good functionality with Adobe Connect prior to joining any live meetings. To request access to an Adobe Connect meeting space where you can run a preliminary test, email Steven Adkins at email@example.com. Additional information about Adobe Connect is discussed in this introductory video.
For many courses, access to the University of Kentucky (UK) library resources will be required. These resources can be accessed when outside the UK network by using your Link Blue ID and Password. This will provide access to peer-reviewed journal articles and publications needed for academic research, as well as e-books. Resources not available through the UK library may be requested through the Interlibrary Loan Service. The steps to be followed to access the UK library resources are described in these videos.