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  • DoIT Expands Ultra Faculty Ambassador Program

    Nominate a peer expert today!
    Are you passionate about teaching with technology? Do you have an Ultra course adoption story to share with other faculty? Would you like to be part of a growing community of Blackboard...
    Posted: August 13, 2019 9:54 AM
  • Submit your Bb class to the Ultra Course Redesign Challenge

    Win a Kindle Fire!
    The Ultra Course Redesign Challenge offers faculty an opportunity to share their redesigned courses using the new Ultra interface for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.  The challenge is open to any...
    Posted: August 9, 2019 1:58 PM
  • Publisher Integrations Updated in Blackboard for FA2019

    Cengage & Wiley fully supported in Ultra courses
    Several publisher integrations will be updated at the end of summer to leverage modern infrastructure functionality, which will change the way faculty access those tools. Both Cengage Mindtap...
    Posted: August 6, 2019 8:06 AM
  • Increased Test Randomization Available in Ultra in August

    Organizations also come to Ultra next month
    In the August update to Ultra courses, faculty can create question pools to help build assessments quickly and better support academic integrity. Instructors can add questions to from all existing...
    Posted: July 30, 2019 11:21 AM
  • FA2019 Courses Created in Blackboard on July 28, 2019

    Blackboard course shells for FA2019 were created on July 28, 2019. The Ultra Course Preview setting is again enabled in FA2019 courses to allow faculty adoption during the phased roll-out of...
    Posted: July 30, 2019 11:19 AM
  • Access to UMBC Google Drive Comes to Ultra in July

    Learn what’s coming to Ultra & Collaborate next month
    This month’s update to Blackboard will provide access to UMBC’s Google Drive. Faculty, staff, and students will be able to view their Google cloud storage from their Ultra courses, user profile,...
    Posted: July 3, 2019 12:30 PM
  • Delegated Grading, Import Calendars Come to Ultra in June

    Learn what’s coming to Ultra & Collaborate next month
    The June update to Blackboard brings delegated grading to Ultra courses. Renamed “parallel marking” in Ultra, this feature is designed to minimize bias when paired with anonymous grading. Parallel...
    Posted: May 30, 2019 1:25 PM
  • UMBC Blackboard Update: SP/SU2019

    UMBC Blackboard Update is provided by the Division of Information Technology for students, faculty and staff. If you have questions or need help, please consult the Blackboard Help FAQs or...
    Posted: May 9, 2019 2:51 PM
  • 10 Things Faculty Should Do in Blackboard & Why

    Lessons learned from DoIT's "bird's eye view"
    Dear UMBC Faculty, This year, we learned UMBC’s Blackboard usage is much different and (I think) better than most colleges and universities, but one of the things I still like to do with DoIT's...
    Posted: May 8, 2019 4:21 PM
  • "Follow-the-Sun" Webinar Series for Global Accessibility Day

    Learn more about inclusive education & digital access
    Founded in 2012, Global Accessibility Awareness Day is dedicated to driving conversations and building awareness on the importance of accessibility. The seventh annual Global Accessibility...
    Posted: May 6, 2019 1:48 PM