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  • National Distance Learning Week 2019 Lunchtime Series

    Learn about ADP, Ultra, Panopto, Ally, accessibility, OERs
    One in four students take some of their courses online, and two-thirds do so at a public institution in the same state where they live (Allen, Seaman, Pouline, & Straut, 2016; Allen &...
    Posted: October 16, 2019 12:20 PM
  • Alternate Delivery Program Call for Participation Released

    Hybrid/Online Course Redesign for Summer 2020
    Faculty interested in developing an effective hybrid or fully online course are invited to submit a proposal for this innovative faculty support program. The Alternate Delivery Program (ADP)...
    Posted: October 14, 2019 1:15 PM
  • RESOLVED - Blackboard Offline on Oct 7

    UMBC is monitoring the issue & working with Bb support
    At approximately 5:30pm, DoIT staff became aware of a potential outage with our instance Blackboard Learn. System admins immediately investigated the reports and opened a ticket with Blackboard...
    Posted: October 7, 2019 6:09 PM
  • Reminder: Bb Courses Scheduled for Retirement from Server

    AY14-15 & AY15-16 courses to be removed in late January 2020
    As previously announced, Blackboard courses from AY14-15 and AY15-16 will be retired from our active production site by the end of January 2020.  The Blackboard system’s overall performance and...
    Posted: October 4, 2019 9:36 AM
  • Partial points coming to test questions to Ultra in October

    Bulk download of student submissions also available
    Calculating the grade on an Ultra tests becomes more flexible in the October update when the partial points feature is introduced. When creating a question in an assessment, instructors can enter...
    Posted: October 2, 2019 2:43 PM
  • Join this Webinar!: Navigating the OER Provider Landscape

    Don't miss it - hosted by the M.O.S.T. and MarylandOnline
    Join us on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. for a webinar jointly hosted by the Maryland Open Source Textbook  (M.O.S.T) Initiative and MarylandOnline, entitled Navigating the OER...
    Posted: October 2, 2019 1:14 PM
  • Combining Machine and Human Intelligences for Interventions

    Bb Predict and FYIs Inform Behavioral Nudges
    Over the past three full semester terms, UMBC has implemented a predictive analytics pilot “nudge” campaign using Blackboard (Bb) Predict. Beginning in the Spring 2018 term, we selected high...
    Posted: September 25, 2019 3:11 PM
  • Quality Matters Training Opportunities

    In person or fully online via our sister USM institutions
    Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to improve online and blended course quality to benefit online learners. The Applying the Quality...
    Posted: September 20, 2019 1:14 PM
  • Sign Up for Free Accessibility Workshop in October

    Bring Your Own Course (BYOC) and Find, Fix, or Swap Content
    MarylandOnline and the Maryland Distance Learning Association are co-hosting this free day-long workshop devoted to making your course content accessible to all students.  Two Dates: Friday,...
    Posted: September 12, 2019 1:51 PM
  • Self-Enrolled Groups Introduced to Ultra in September

    Needs grading filter also available to Ultra gradebook
    Group management is an invaluable resource in a Blackboard course, especially one with large enrollments. UMBC is closely monitoring the evolution of this important tool in Ultra as we continue...
    Posted: September 4, 2019 2:10 PM