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  • New group enhancements scheduled for December Ultra update

    Ungraded assignments also coming this month
    Managing large numbers of students and groups is an important tool in Blackboard. In the current version of Ultra, faculty had to create assignments and discussions before they could create and...
    Posted: December 3, 2019 11:26 AM
  • WT/SP2020 Courses Created in Blackboard on December 2, 2019

    Blackboard course shells for WT2020 and SP2020 were created on December 2, 2019. The Ultra Course Preview setting is again enabled in WT/SP2020 courses to allow faculty adoption with an updated...
    Posted: December 3, 2019 8:06 AM
  • DoIT Adjusts Support of Bb Ultra Rollout

    All faculty still decide when to migrate before FA21
    Based on new analysis of how Blackboard (Bb) Ultra has been adopted across campus, DoIT has decided to modify its approach to faculty support across colleges.  Specifically, DoIT will focus on...
    Posted: November 26, 2019 7:57 AM
  • Why CNMS Student Bb Use is So High

    Use of Assessments is Key -- and Informs Ultra Rollout
    When DoIT announced the phased rollout of Blackboard (Bb) Ultra on April 4 of this year, we did so based on the number of courses typically using Bb in each college as of Spring 2019, starting...
    Posted: November 25, 2019 10:59 PM
  • End of Semester Sprint Offers Customized Consults to Faculty

    Three Sprints. One Day. Choose your time & topic.
    The end of semester is a busy time of year for everyone, especially faculty. Instructional Technology will host three 90-minute sprint sessions on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 for faculty to...
    Posted: November 11, 2019 2:46 PM
  • Improved accessibility support for Ultra courses in November

    Light update also features new icons throughout Ultra system
    As a fully redesigned system, Ultra benefits from an intentional focus on accessibility and mobile responsiveness. In addition to extensive checks to meet accessibility standards, Ultra includes...
    Posted: November 5, 2019 9:52 AM
  • Open Educational Resources Support Student Access, Equity

    Faculty share OER experiences, use cases, resources
    One in four students take some of their courses online, and two-thirds do so at a public institution (Allen, Seaman, Pouline, & Straut, 2016). In early November, UMBC celebrates National...
    Posted: October 30, 2019 8:25 AM
  • National Distance Learning Week 2019 Lunchtime Series

    Learn about ADP, Ultra, Panopto, Ally, accessibility, OERs
    One in four students take some of their courses online, and two-thirds do so at a public institution in the same state where they live (Allen, Seaman, Pouline, & Straut, 2016; Allen &...
    Posted: October 16, 2019 12:20 PM
  • Alternate Delivery Program Call for Participation Released

    Hybrid/Online Course Redesign for Summer 2020
    Faculty interested in developing an effective hybrid or fully online course are invited to submit a proposal for this innovative faculty support program. The Alternate Delivery Program (ADP)...
    Posted: October 14, 2019 1:15 PM
  • RESOLVED - Blackboard Offline on Oct 7

    UMBC is monitoring the issue & working with Bb support
    At approximately 5:30pm, DoIT staff became aware of a potential outage with our instance Blackboard Learn. System admins immediately investigated the reports and opened a ticket with Blackboard...
    Posted: October 7, 2019 6:09 PM