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What’s New

  • USM Sponsoring Access to Labster Virtual Lab Environment

    Learn more about Simulations for Lab-Based Courses
    USM OnTrack is providing faculty training and inter-institutional coordination of resources to explore the use of virtual reality technologies by Labster for use in lab-based courses. Virtual...
    Posted: June 29, 2020 10:30 AM
  • USM to Convene Summit on Adaptive Tools for Online Courses

    Learn about the ins and outs of adaptive courseware on 7/16!
    The USM Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation is hosting a day-long virtual summit to introduce participants to the ins and outs of adaptive courseware. Sessions will include lessons learned from...
    Posted: June 23, 2020 11:14 AM
  • USM Sponsoring Online Teaching Professional Development

    Sign up now for Quality Matters workshops in July!
    USM OnTrack has pre-purchased a pool of online teaching professional development workshops from Quality Matters (QM) on beginning to advanced topics, including designing for learner engagement,...
    Posted: June 23, 2020 10:49 AM
  • Blackboard Offers Free Virtual Conference July 21-22

    Follow BbWorld 20 via live streaming sessions & recordings
    Once a year Blackboard hosts the BbWorld conference over several days for faculty, students, administrators, instructional technology specialists, training professionals, developers, and system...
    Posted: June 11, 2020 7:41 AM
  • Basic Journals Arrive to Ultra Courses in June

    Tweaks include assessment feedback, course copy improvements
    Next month's Blackboard update brings a frequently requested tool to Ultra courses: the Journal! Journals are a personal space for students to communicate privately with instructors or to reflect...
    Posted: May 29, 2020 10:07 AM
  • Begin Designing & Preparing for Your Fall Bb Courses

    Blackboard FA2020 Course Development Shells Available
    In response to some faculty requests, DoIT’s Instructional Technology team will create Fall 2020 Course Development shells for all courses listed in the Schedule of Classes by close of business on...
    Posted: May 29, 2020 7:07 AM
  • DoIT Offers Monthly PIVOT Webinars During Summer

    Focus will be on FA20 Preparations
    Based on higher than expected turnout for last week’s prototype of the Planning Instructional Technology for Online Teaching (PIVOT) Live webinars, DoIT is offering a monthly repeat of the five...
    Posted: May 12, 2020 2:59 PM
  • New Bb Annotate refreshes inline grading tool for SU2020

    Expanded functionality includes shapes, drawing, highlight
    UPDATE: Bb Annotate has been staged back for deployment — US East Cost is slated for June 3rd. Available for summer courses, Blackboard’s new inline grading tool, allows instructors, teaching...
    Posted: May 11, 2020 12:33 PM
  • Panopto Downtime and Important Updates

    Mandatory Client Upgrades and Decreased IE11 Support
    Panopto Cloud Downtime On Saturday, June 27, Panopto Cloud customers will be upgraded to the latest cloud release. This upgrade will require downtime. The vendor will announce the exact time and...
    Posted: May 11, 2020 12:05 PM
  • VoiceThread Offers Training on Creating Engaging Courses

    From Basic to Blackboard Use Cases - Learn from the Vendor!
    VoiceThread is a learning tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence. With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint...
    Posted: May 7, 2020 11:37 AM