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  • End of Semester Sprint Offers Customized Consults to Faculty

    Three Sprints. One Day. Choose your time & topic.
    The end of semester is a busy time of year for everyone, especially faculty. Instructional Technology will host three 90-minute sprint sessions on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 for faculty to...
    Posted: November 11, 2019 2:46 PM
  • Improved accessibility support for Ultra courses in November

    Light update also features new icons throughout Ultra system
    As a fully redesigned system, Ultra benefits from an intentional focus on accessibility and mobile responsiveness. In addition to extensive checks to meet accessibility standards, Ultra includes...
    Posted: November 5, 2019 9:52 AM
  • Open Educational Resources Support Student Access, Equity

    Faculty share OER experiences, use cases, resources
    One in four students take some of their courses online, and two-thirds do so at a public institution (Allen, Seaman, Pouline, & Straut, 2016). In early November, UMBC celebrates National...
    Posted: October 30, 2019 8:25 AM
  • 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