Technology @ UCB

Students at UCB have the opportunity to be connected with the latest technologies and online services available today. As a UCB student, the following is a brief description of some of the services the university has launched recently. These services, unique in their offering in the Kingdom of Bahrain, will enhance students’ abilities in academics as well as their social interactions with other students, faculty and staff:

Microsoft Office 365 Education is a collection of services that allows you to collaborate and share your schoolwork. It’s available for free to UCB Faculty and Staff as well as to UCB students. The service includes Office Online (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote), 1TB of OneDrive storage, Yammer, and SharePoint sites. UCB also allows all users to install the full Office applications on up to 5 PCs or Macs for free.

Microsoft Teams is the main learning management system being used at UCB. Faculty and Students connect within the platform to access class content, conduct online discussions, online quizzes, and assess student progress throughout their academic journey. 

 A team can be created using existing Office 365 Groups, allowing existing group memberships, and contents stored in SharePoint Online and Exchange Online to be ported to Teams. In addition, Teams persistent chat is provided by a chat service that interacts with Office 365, surfacing many of the built-in Office 365 capabilities such as archiving and eDiscovery to the data being exchanged in Teams. To complement the Teams capability as a persistent chat board where informal, real-time conversations take place, Teams also provides a meeting experience built on the next generation cloud-based infrastructure that is also used by Skype and Skype for Business

Turnitin Available to students, faculty, and staff, is an automated web-based application works one-on-one with a student to prevent plagiarism and reinforce proper revision habits. Upload drafts of your writing assignments to Turnitin to receive immediate instructional feedback on over 100 points of double-check if all sources are properly cited!

Questia is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning, and research solutions for professional, library, and academic audiences worldwide. The Questia database covers books and journal articles on more than 94,000 online reputable commercial and academic presses. It also includes more than 14 million quality, citable journal, newspaper and magazine articles.

VitalSource® Bookshelf® is the preferred and most used e-textbook delivery platform in education. Bookshelf users can access content from more than 500 of the world's top academic publishers whenever and wherever they choose--laptop, desktop or mobile device.

VitalSource's comprehensive selection gives UCB students and faculty a new way to find and access eTextbooks and digital course material in one place. They can enjoy anytime, anywhere access to important course materials at the click of a mouse from any web browser and on many popular tablets and mobile devices. 

Network Infrastructure:

Cisco Meraki is UCB’s preferred network and firewall equipment provider, where it covers the entire campus with ultra-fast internet access. The network is cloud-managed and is therefore continuously up to date and secure from any digital/online threats. 

“What I have learned in my graduation years is being practiced now in day to day basis and of course the credit for all this goes to our highly qualified professors.”

Aysha Yousif Al Khalifa
Class of 2005