What’s New

VoiceThread Assignments for Media Projects and Peer Critique

One Instructor’s Use Case and Lessons Learned

Shifting to teaching in online and hybrid formats has created opportunities to identify how students can share multimedia projects and receive feedback through peer critique. While various tools...

Posted: September 17, 2021, 12:18 PM

Bb Instructor Webinar Series: From Basics to Advanced

Free training opportunities for faculty, TAs, and staff

The Bb Instructor Webinar Series offers a set of free 45-minute webinars designed for instructors who are getting started with teaching using Blackboard, Ultra, and Collaborate. Click on a topic...

Posted: September 16, 2021, 11:45 AM

Synchronize Bb groups in Collab breakout groups coming soon!

Maintain student learning between course & live sessions

Breakout groups are a powerful engagement tool for active learning in a synchronous session, providing private audio, video, whiteboard, application sharing, and chat for small group...

Posted: September 7, 2021, 11:59 AM

Free Training for Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor

Join an upcoming webinar to see the latest features

Join an upcoming training webinar from Respondus to see the latest features and integrations for LockDown Browser and Monitor. Learn how these applications are used with a range of online testing...

Posted: September 1, 2021, 2:19 PM

PIVOT Selected to Receive OLC Effective Practice Award

70% of faculty engaged in largest online learning initiative

The Online Learning Consortium announced that UMBC's Instructional Technology team has earned an Effective Practice Award for its Planning Instructional Variety for Online Teaching (PIVOT)...

Posted: August 24, 2021, 4:22 PM

PIVOT Courses Associated with Improved SEEQs and Tool Use

Faculty training to support empirically driven course design potentially represents one of the most scalable options available for improving student outcomes at an institution. One strategy to...

Posted: August 19, 2021, 3:58 PM

More UMBC students like Ultra and want Ultra courses

86% of UMBC students express satisfaction with Ultra

In a survey of 608 students taking Ultra courses during the SP2021 semester, 86% indicated satisfaction with Ultra, marking a 14% increase compared to the last survey in FA2019. Students again...

Posted: August 19, 2021, 9:04 AM

DoIT Upgrades & Adds Classroom AV for Return to Campus

UC to support large courses, training begins next week

As the University prepares for a return to campus this Fall, DoIT’s Audio-Visual and Desktop Support units have been busy upgrading classrooms and equipping instructors with new technologies to...

Posted: August 18, 2021, 1:11 PM

13 Tips to Get Your Blackboard Course Ready

Checklist to optimize your course before the semester starts

Prepare your Blackboard course shell for the new semester with our updated baker’s dozen checklist. 1. Review new tools & features in Blackboard. Our Blackboard site receives updates and...

Posted: August 17, 2021, 12:02 PM

VoiceThread / Blackboard Tool Connection Updated

VoiceThread update changes how VoiceThread is added to Bb

Do you use VoiceThread assignments or links in Blackboard? At the end of July, VoiceThread went through an LTI upgrade to improve functionality between VoiceThread and Blackboard. The new...

Posted: August 2, 2021, 3:08 PM