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Training & Development

EDUCAUSE LEARNING INITIATIVE (ELI)

ELI provides excellent resources, including free webinars on timely topics, a very popular 7 Things You Should Know About . . . series, and the annual Horizon Report that looks at new and emerging technologies likely to be adopted in the next one to five years. Some ELI links require an Eduause login which is free to members of the UMBC community.

QUALITY MATTERS

Known for its research-based rubric on quality online course design — not instructor delivery –QM takes a lot of the guess work out of developing or evaluating online courses. A handful of UMBC faculty are certified QM reviewers. QM offers face-to-face and online training workshops, and also frequently partners with the Sloan-Consortium, which specializes in online faculty development in all aspects of online learning.

SLOAN CONSORTIUM 

As 2008 institutional members in Sloan-C’s “College Pass” program, UMBC has a total of 150 free “seats” to be used toward any online workshop (including how to use the QM rubric) and 50 additional “seats” in select workshops. UMBC also has ten (10) $50 registration discounts toward Sloan-C’s highly regarded Conference on Asynchronous Learning Network. Registration codes on a “first come, first served” basis. To receive a Sloan-C “College Pass” code, click here.

SKILLSOFT 

Through a partnership with Human Resources, DoIT supports SkillSoft self-paced, online training modules that are available to all UMBC faculty & staff. You can brush up on the basics of Microsoft Word/Excel/Access, enhance your customer service skills, or increase your knowledge in other areas such as management/supervisory skills, interviewing techniques, HR regulations, accounting, project planning, sales, marketing, and many IT specific courses.