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What’s New

  • Google Assignments and File Embed Available for Bb Courses

    Use Google's Rich Editor to Provide Student Feedback
    In January 2018, Box discontinued Crocodoc in favor of the Box inline grading tool. The goal of this transition was to provide a similar and simpler experience users know from the traditional Box...
    Posted: January 8, 2020 11:32 AM
  • Urgent TurningPoint Update for Instructors effective 12/23

    ACTION REQUIRED: Transitioning to TurningPoint 8
    Turning Technologies is discontinuing their product TurningPoint Cloud for the release of their newest software TurningPoint 8.  Starting December 23, 2019, UMBC will transition to...
    Posted: December 19, 2019 1:31 PM
  • Students like Ultra design, organized courses

    User surveys reveal consistent satisfaction with Ultra style
    More than 70% of 606 student survey respondents who took a course that used Ultra during the FA2019 semester said they were satisfied with the experience. When asked, students described Ultra as...
    Posted: December 17, 2019 2:20 PM
  • Submit a Proposal for the M.O.S.T. 2020 OER Grant Program

    Three grant programs (2 new!) announced for 2020
    The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Initiative is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for the 2020 OER Grant Program. For 2020, M.O.S.T. is seeking proposals for two grant...
    Posted: December 16, 2019 11:01 AM
  • New group enhancements scheduled for December Ultra update

    Ungraded assignments also coming this month
    Managing large numbers of students and groups is an important tool in Blackboard. In the current version of Ultra, faculty had to create assignments and discussions before they could create and...
    Posted: December 3, 2019 11:26 AM
  • WT/SP2020 Courses Created in Blackboard on December 2, 2019

    Blackboard course shells for WT2020 and SP2020 were created on December 2, 2019. The Ultra Course Preview setting is again enabled in WT/SP2020 courses to allow faculty adoption with an updated...
    Posted: December 3, 2019 8:06 AM
  • DoIT Adjusts Support of Bb Ultra Rollout

    All faculty still decide when to migrate before FA21
    Based on new analysis of how Blackboard (Bb) Ultra has been adopted across campus, DoIT has decided to modify its approach to faculty support across colleges.  Specifically, DoIT will focus on...
    Posted: November 26, 2019 7:57 AM
  • 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
  • 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