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  • UMBC Makes Major Investment in Instructional Technology

    Phased rollout of Bb Ultra better supports campus e-Learning
    Earlier this week the Provost and Deans agreed to a DoIT proposal to go forward with a broad investment in instructional technology support staff, software tools and training stipends for faculty....
    Posted: April 4, 2019 8:06 AM
  • Free Course on Web Accessibility beginning April 8, 2019

    Learn first-hand how to remove the barriers to web content
    Interested in web accessibility and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)? Here's a good opportunity to participate in a MOOC: Introduction...
    Posted: March 15, 2019 1:28 PM
  • Deadline Extended - M.O.S.T. High-impact OER Grant Program

    Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals - Submit by 3/22/19
    The deadline to submit a proposal for the Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative 2019 High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program has been extended by one week to Friday, March 22,...
    Posted: March 15, 2019 1:17 PM
  • Improve Accessibility of Blackboard Course Content with Ally

    Build inclusive environment for all student learning styles
    To support UMBC’s ongoing commitment to a more inclusive campus, DoIT is pleased to introduce a new tool called Ally into Ultra courses to help improve the accessibility of course content in...
    Posted: March 13, 2019 11:35 AM
  • Learn the Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education

    Check out this Free Coursera MOOC!
    Free Coursera MOOC - Learn the Basics of Developing an Inclusive & Accessible Course This 5 week course provides instruction and strategies to support you in developing a course that is...
    Posted: March 11, 2019 10:32 AM
  • TechFest & Ultra Early Adopter Raffle Winners Announced!

    On Friday, March 1, 2019, DoIT's Instructional Technology Team held its 4th annual TechFest.  As part of TechFest, participants were asked to complete evaluation surveys for each of the three...
    Posted: March 8, 2019 10:09 AM
  • Register for a M.O.S.T. Forum on OER in Higher Education

    Learn about open educational resources and adoption in USM
    Register for a M.O.S.T. Regional Forum on OER in Higher Education Are you new to open educational resources (OER) and interested in learning how to adopt or scale OER in your course or across...
    Posted: March 5, 2019 1:42 PM
  • Ultra adoption takes off as 145 courses opt in

    More than 900% increase in adoption since FA2018
    Early adoption is growing at UMBC as more than 100 faculty opted to use the new Ultra Course View during the SP2019 semester. An additional 25 faculty tried Ultra using the sandbox shells created...
    Posted: February 22, 2019 9:07 AM
  • VoiceThread is offering free interactive, hands-on workshops

    Extend your asynchronous discussions beyond text!
    VoiceThread allows you to integrate digital media such as images, videos, and documents into asynchronous discussions. Faculty and students can contribute to discussions using a keyboard,...
    Posted: February 21, 2019 1:09 PM
  • Ultra Faculty Ambassadors Share Best Practices & Resources

    Ask questions, get help, share feedback with your peers
    DoIT believes faculty are important partners and will play an essential role during the Ultra migration. The new Blackboard course interface is significantly different from the Original course...
    Posted: February 21, 2019 11:49 AM