What’s New

AI and Accessible Images for Inclusive Courses

National Distance Learning Week 2023

Providing accessible images is a crucial step to ensure inclusivity and equal access to learning. When images are properly described, students using screen readers are able to access an equitable...

Posted: November 8, 2023, 6:46 AM

Apply for the Teach Access Fellowship Program

Apply for the Teach Access Fellowship Program See below for information on the Teach Access Fellowship Program. As part of the program, Fellows will be creating curricular materials to teach...

Posted: November 7, 2023, 4:56 PM

Join free virtual events for National Distance Learning Week

This year’s theme focuses on AI & distance learning

The sixteenth annual National Distance Learning Week offers many virtual sessions focused on how artificial intelligence (AI) impacts education and training. The U.S. Distance Learning Association...

Posted: November 6, 2023, 6:46 AM

Quality Matters Releases 7th Edition Rubric

Focus on accessibility, inclusive design, faculty engagement

After extensive peer feedback from a global community of faculty and instructional designers, the Seventh Edition of the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric was released earlier this summer,...

Posted: October 31, 2023, 9:14 AM

New Report Can Help Faculty Visualize Student Engagement

"Waterfall" course dashboard leverages student use of Bb LMS

DoIT has a new addition to our suite of data visualizations supporting course engagement/instruction and teaching: The Blackboard course "waterfall" report (UMBC vpn req'd if using off-campus). ...

Posted: October 23, 2023, 2:37 PM

Sorting & submission enhancements for Ultra gradebook in Nov

Search & use stock images in Ultra docs, discussions, etc.

Continued enhancements to the Ultra gradebook provide greater flexibility and usability. In the November update to Ultra courses, additional sorting controls allow instructors to sort grade...

Posted: October 23, 2023, 12:56 PM

Inclusive by Design Summit

Register now for this summit, hosted by Montgomery CC

Register Now! Fall 2023 Inclusive by Design Summit Friday, November 3, 2023 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST via Zoom Hosted by Montgomery College Navigating the Future of Inclusive Education at the...

Posted: October 20, 2023, 3:24 PM

"Finish Line" Featured in UK Online Learning Journal

UMBC case study title: "Inclusive excellence online"

The current issue of Advances in Online Learning: A Peer-reviewed Journal (Vol 2. 2023-2024, Number 1) has recently published a case study about UMBC's Finish Line program, entitled "Inclusive...

Posted: October 18, 2023, 9:49 AM

New Media Studio Moves to ENGR 023

Temporary relocation due to Sherman Hall renovation

Over the summer, DoIT's New Media Studio relocated from Sherman 204 to Engineering 023, just three doors down from DoIT's AV Services. "I've already seen more DoIT colleagues in the past few...

Posted: October 16, 2023, 11:03 AM

October brings delegated grading to Ultra courses

Gradebook reminders, SafeAssign Direct Submit & more

The October update to Ultra brings a new grading workflow to large Ultra courses, allowing instructors to distribute grading for an assessment to multiple graders. Instructors can assign graders...

Posted: October 3, 2023, 11:27 AM