What’s New

Track Attendance in Poll Everywhere (Beta Release)

New Check-In Feature Does Not Store Student Location Data

Poll Everywhere recently launched a new Attendance Management tool, which is available to users with a presenter role in Poll Everywhere. Using geolocation, Attendance Management allows...

Posted: February 5, 2024, 12:53 PM

Collect surveys using new Forms tool in Ultra courses

Updates to grading workflows & settings for February update

In February, a new tool will be available in Ultra courses, designed to make information gathering simple and efficient for instructors: Forms. Whether assigning students to clinical experiences...

Posted: January 23, 2024, 1:09 PM

M.O.S.T. 2024 OER Grant Program: Submit a Proposal

Proposal deadline: March 1, 2024

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Initiative is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for the 2024 OER Grant Program. For 2024, M.O.S.T. is seeking proposals for two grant...

Posted: January 18, 2024, 10:08 AM

Google Chrome Settings Impacting Blackboard Integrations

Update Your Browser Settings Today

Beginning in January 2024, Google will begin restricting all third-party cookies in Chrome by default. Technology tools used for instruction in Blackboard may use third-party cookies. If...

Posted: January 4, 2024, 4:15 PM

Apply for 2024 Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship

Program & award provided by National Federation of the Blind

The Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship is a one-year fellowship awarded by the National Federation of the Blind to three Maryland professors to assist them integrate accessibility into their...

Posted: January 3, 2024, 12:10 PM

More gradebook updates, test access logs coming in January

Grade visibility, batch edit, authentic assessment prompts

Expanding the functionality for the gradebook and assessments has been a central theme for the past year of Ultra development. When the winter term starts in 2024, Ultra courses will feature...

Posted: December 21, 2023, 8:01 AM

From Syllabi to Textbooks- Institutional OER Accessibility

Series of no-cost intensives designed to build OER capacity

ISKME and CAST’s National AEM (Accessible Educational Materials) Center invite teams of faculty and staff to learn how to use accessible Open Educational Resources (OER) to make learning more...

Posted: December 20, 2023, 9:28 AM

CFP - Incorporating Generative AI into Learning Experiences

Share your assessment experience with USM peers

Faculty, staff, and faculty/staff/student teams who have engaged in the use of Generative AI as part of assignments and learning activities are invited to propose sessions for the Incorporating...

Posted: December 12, 2023, 2:39 PM

Accessible Course Design Supports Diverse Learning Styles

Save the dates! Accessibility Workshop and Bb Ally Webinar

Creating accessible courses requires thoughtful consideration of diverse learning styles and strategies that result in fostering engaging learning experiences for all students. These strategies...

Posted: December 12, 2023, 10:04 AM

Catch an Ultra Sprint on January 22

Join one of two open sessions to learn about Ultra

Are you stepping into the world of Blackboard Ultra? Instructional Technology is offering two identical sessions on January 22, 2024, providing flexible opportunities to fit into an instructors...

Posted: December 11, 2023, 3:03 PM