What’s New

DoIT Pilots Poll Everywhere as an Alternative to Clickers

Use mobile devices to participate in live polls

Beginning next Fall, DoIT will support a campus-wide pilot of Poll Everywhere, an audience response system that can be utilized in face-to-face and online courses instead of traditional, physical...

Posted: May 18, 2022, 12:08 PM

Quality Matters Impact Program - Call to Participate

Faculty can apply for Fall/Spring cohorts

The Quality Matters Impact program formally recognizes courses that meet Quality Matters (QM) standards and demonstrate exemplary online/hybrid course design. An extension of the award-winning...

Posted: May 18, 2022, 10:22 AM

Instructional Technology Certified as QM Master Reviewers

Certification facilitates Quality Matters reviews at UMBC

As part of UMBC's effort to recognize exemplary course design through the Quality Matters Impact (QMI) pilot, a partnership with the Provost's Office launched in FA2021 as an extension of the...

Posted: May 18, 2022, 9:13 AM

Coming Soon: Badging 100 and the Edu-Work Alignment

Webinar series highlights badging creation process at UMBC

This summer Instructional Technology kicks off a webinar series designed to support those who want to learn, create, and issue digital badges that validate learner accomplishments, skills, and...

Posted: May 17, 2022, 1:35 PM

Tom Penniston Promoted to Coordinator of Learning Analytics

Also accepted into competitive LA institute at NC State

I am pleased to announce that Tom Penniston has accepted a new position as DoIT’s Coordinator of Learning Analytics.  In his new role, Tom will continue and extend his work to leverage...

Posted: May 16, 2022, 10:23 AM

Akindi Importer Tool Available on 7/1

Write Questions in MS Word and Quickly Add to Blackboard

In the spirit of promoting academic integrity in testing, faculty in both Biology and Chemistry have been leveraging large question pools in their courses. Beginning July 1, the Akindi Importer...

Posted: May 11, 2022, 10:25 AM

UMBC Migrates from Scantron to Akindi

New Platform Easier to Use and Supports Campus-Wide Analysis

Last year, DoIT announced the pilot of a tool called Akindi, which serves as a Scantron alternative and allows instructors to print and score bubble sheets from any local printer/scanner. There...

Posted: May 6, 2022, 3:28 PM

Coming Soon: Equitable & Inclusive Course for Faculty

An immersive cohort on equity and inclusive course design

In Fall 2022, an immersive, 10-week workshop launches for faculty and staff, designed to create and improve intentionally inclusive and equitable courses. Using conversation and reflection, the...

Posted: May 5, 2022, 11:55 AM

Workflow improvements for Ultra grading & assessments in May

New test question filter for student assessment experience

As the semester concludes, the May update to Ultra brings some improvements centered on assessment and grading workflows and usability improvements. Weighted Calculations: With this upgrade,...

Posted: May 3, 2022, 9:40 AM

SU2022 Courses Created in Blackboard on April 29, 2022

Blackboard course shells for SU2022 were created on April 29, 2022. The Ultra Course Preview setting is again enabled in SU2022 courses, which allows faculty to convert a new Original course to...

Posted: May 3, 2022, 9:14 AM