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What’s New: Instructional Technology

  • Blackboard Courses Scheduled for Retirement from Server

    AY14-15 & AY15-16 courses to be removed in late January 2020
    During the summer of 2019, Blackboard archived our complete site, which provided individually backed-up copies of every course and organization through SP2019. As previously completed for courses...
    Posted: August 14, 2019 8:01 AM
  • Check your course materials for accessibility with Ally

    New course report available in Blackboard for FA2019
    Are your course materials accessible? Where would you go to check? Could you easily remediate your files for your current or future students? Meet Ally, an accessibility tool that automatically...
    Posted: August 13, 2019 1:36 PM
  • DoIT Expands Ultra Faculty Ambassador Program

    Nominate a peer expert today!
    Are you passionate about teaching with technology? Do you have an Ultra course adoption story to share with other faculty? Would you like to be part of a growing community of Blackboard...
    Posted: August 13, 2019 9:54 AM
  • DoIT Welcomes 3 New Staff to Instructional Technology

    It is my pleasure to both introduce and welcome the three newest members of the Instructional Technology team in DoIT: Chimaobi (Mobie) Nwaokomah (pictured at left), Laura Wyatt, and Collin...
    Posted: August 12, 2019 11:06 AM
  • Join the M.O.S.T. Regional Open Educational Resource Forum

    Discuss OER accessibility, quality, student success
    Are you new to open educational resources (OER) and interested in learning how to adopt or scale OER in your course or across your institution? Register to join the Maryland Open Source...
    Posted: August 12, 2019 10:01 AM
  • Submit your Bb class to the Ultra Course Redesign Challenge

    Win a Kindle Fire!
    The Ultra Course Redesign Challenge offers faculty an opportunity to share their redesigned courses using the new Ultra interface for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.  The challenge is open to any...
    Posted: August 9, 2019 1:58 PM
  • Publisher Integrations Updated in Blackboard for FA2019

    Cengage & Wiley fully supported in Ultra courses
    Several publisher integrations will be updated at the end of summer to leverage modern infrastructure functionality, which will change the way faculty access those tools. Both Cengage Mindtap...
    Posted: August 6, 2019 8:06 AM
  • Increased Test Randomization Available in Ultra in August

    Organizations also come to Ultra next month
    In the August update to Ultra courses, faculty can create question pools to help build assessments quickly and better support academic integrity. Instructors can add questions to from all existing...
    Posted: July 30, 2019 11:21 AM
  • FA2019 Courses Created in Blackboard on July 28, 2019

    Blackboard course shells for FA2019 were created on July 28, 2019. The Ultra Course Preview setting is again enabled in FA2019 courses to allow faculty adoption during the phased roll-out of...
    Posted: July 30, 2019 11:19 AM
  • Access to UMBC Google Drive Comes to Ultra in July

    Learn what’s coming to Ultra & Collaborate next month
    This month’s update to Blackboard will provide access to UMBC’s Google Drive. Faculty, staff, and students will be able to view their Google cloud storage from their Ultra courses, user profile,...
    Posted: July 3, 2019 12:30 PM