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PIVOT Courses Associated with Improved SEEQs and Tool Use

Faculty training to support empirically driven course design potentially represents one of the most scalable options available for improving student outcomes at an institution. One strategy to...

Posted: August 19, 2021, 3:58 PM

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

PIVOT and the Student Evaluation of FA20 Courses

Training Associated with Higher SEEQs & Course Interactions

There is a statistically significant, positive relationship between a faculty member completing the Planning Instructional Variety in Online Teaching (PIVOT) training and elevated course-level...

Posted: February 2, 2021, 2:02 PM

Why CNMS Student Bb Use is So High

Use of Assessments is Key -- and Informs Ultra Rollout

When DoIT announced the phased rollout of Blackboard (Bb) Ultra on April 4 of this year, we did so based on the number of courses typically using Bb in each college as of Spring 2019, starting...

Posted: November 25, 2019, 10:59 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

NVivo Qualitative Research Software Now Available

DoIT, CAHSS, DPS Partner on Site License

DoIT is now providing NVivo, a qualitative research software package equivalent to SPSS, Stata, SAS, or R. This software is available to all faculty, staff, and graduate students. It allows the...

Posted: February 14, 2018, 2:42 PM

REX Tools for Teaching Available to Instructors

Get a Bird's Eye View of Your Course Across Campus

In recent years, the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support  (IRADS) has installed or built a nifty set of “bird’s eye view” reports about teaching & learning in the campus’...

Posted: March 28, 2017, 2:09 PM

UMBC Blackboard Course Design Featured in Educause Review

Learning Analytics Research for LMS Course Design

Building on prior learning analytics research at UMBC, DoIT's John Fritz has co-authored "Learning Analytics Research for LMS Course Design: Two Studies" in the current issue of Educause Review...

Posted: March 1, 2017, 2:38 PM

Predicting and Supporting Student Success

Importance of the Blackboard Grade Center

Update from 2/1/18 Blackboard Analytics Symposium: Using Bb Predict and UMBC's FYI alert program together is more accurate than using either service alone....

Posted: February 10, 2017, 4:08 PM