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  • FA2021 Courses Created in Blackboard on July 26, 2021

    Blackboard course shells for FA2021 were created on July 26, 2021. The Ultra Course Preview setting is again enabled in FA2021 courses, which allows faculty to convert a new Original course to...
    Posted: July 27, 2021 10:06 AM
  • Gradebook filters, progress tracking, badges ready for Ultra

    New course navigation & other enhancements coming in August
    This upcoming FA2021 semester features new development in the Ultra gradebook, starting with gradebook filters. This function allows faculty to view data and content in the gradebook by multiple...
    Posted: July 27, 2021 8:50 AM
  • Five Faculty Receive UMBC Learning Analytics Mini Grants

    $2k professional development awards renewable annually
    To encourage, identify, and exchange effective practice in the use of data to inform teaching and learning, the Provost’s Office has awarded UMBC’s first learning analytics mini grants to five...
    Posted: July 22, 2021 3:15 PM
  • UMBC to pilot Collaborate automated transcription recording

    Pilot will take place during summer session through 9/15
    In partnership with Blackboard, UMBC will pilot a recording transcription feature in the Collaborate web conferencing platform this summer. This feature will be available from July 15 - September...
    Posted: July 12, 2021 8:09 AM
  • Akindi Bubble Sheet Training

    Learn more about the Scantron replacement
    Are you ready for the move? At the end of the Spring 2021 semester, DoIT announced that test scoring services were moving to Akindi, a Scantron alternative. During this transition, we will be...
    Posted: July 7, 2021 1:43 PM
  • New Respondus Lockdown Browser Features Auto-Update in July

    Students using Win/Mac must install to gain this feature
    The July update to the Windows and Mac versions of Respondus LockDown Browser will feature a new Auto Update function that starts when the application opens.  To optimize the test proctoring...
    Posted: June 28, 2021 4:13 PM
  • Groups & gradebook enhancements planned for Ultra in July

    Improved functionality for groups support larger enrollments
    The groups tool in Ultra has been redesigned for the July update to improve overall performance, particularly for large courses. This redesign includes functionality to make it easier to find...
    Posted: June 25, 2021 9:18 AM
  • Panopto Upgrades and Downtime

    6/26 Downtime & IE discontinued; 7/16 recorder upgrade
    Cloud Downtime On Saturday, June 26, Panopto Cloud customers will be upgraded to the latest cloud release. The vendor anticipates up to 4 hours of downtime, with a target start time of 9:00 PM...
    Posted: June 11, 2021 9:30 AM
  • Event Reminder: WebExing Your Class!

    Our Feature a Teacher & Tool Series continues Tuesday, 06/08
    Don't forget to register and mark your calendars for this coming Tuesday, June 8th, at 12:00 PM to hear Professor Jamie Gurganus discuss her use of WebEx for some really exceptional instructional...
    Posted: June 4, 2021 11:42 AM
  • Panopto: Known Issue with Chromium-Based Browsers

    "Refuse to connect" error message.
    In the latest update to Chrome and Edge, Google made a change to one of their cookie settings, which may result in a “‘Refuse to connect’ error message. Using Firefox to access Panopto content...
    Posted: June 4, 2021 11:22 AM