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What’s New

  • Self-Enrolled Groups Introduced to Ultra in September

    Needs grading filter also available to Ultra gradebook
    Group management is an invaluable resource in a Blackboard course, especially one with large enrollments. UMBC is closely monitoring the evolution of this important tool in Ultra as we continue...
    Posted: September 4, 2019 2:10 PM
  • Gaining Insights on Student Success using Attendance Data

    Findings from Two Terms of Qwickly Pilot
    During the FA18 and SP19 semesters, DoIT partnered with Math/Stat to assess the relationship between student attendance and academic outcomes leveraging laptop and mobile technology. Using a tool...
    Posted: September 3, 2019 9:27 AM
  • Free Webinars from the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

    September focuses on student success & retention
    Next month, the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series offers two free webinars focusing on student success and retention: Increase Student Success Using Analytics and Student Data Wednesday,...
    Posted: August 30, 2019 3:30 PM
  • Sign Up for Free Training on Respondus Tools in September

    LockDown Browser, Monitor and Respondus 4.0 Exam Creation
    Respondus is offering free training webinars on the following tools: LockDown Browser, Respondus Monitor,  and Respondus 4.See the dates, times and descriptions for each event below:...
    Posted: August 27, 2019 12:16 PM
  • Blackboard LTI Integrations not Working with Safari

    Please use a browser other than Safari to access Blackboard!
    As noted in this Known Issue FAQ, recent updates to the Safari web browser are preventing access to LTI content inside any Learning Management System (LMS) including Blackboard. The issue stems...
    Posted: August 22, 2019 2:02 PM
  • DoIT Expands Campus Live Streaming

    VPC partnership continues students & alums as “crew"
    While it’s not the same as attending in person, if you enjoy watching UMBC basketball or Commencement live online, soon you might also be able to watch other major campus events in the same way....
    Posted: August 20, 2019 1:05 PM
  • Blackboard Courses Scheduled for Retirement from Server

    AY14-15 & AY15-16 courses to be removed in late January 2020
    During the summer of 2019, Blackboard archived our complete site, which provided individually backed-up copies of every course and organization through SP2019. As previously completed for courses...
    Posted: August 14, 2019 8:01 AM
  • Check your course materials for accessibility with Ally

    New course report available in Blackboard for FA2019
    Are your course materials accessible? Where would you go to check? Could you easily remediate your files for your current or future students? Meet Ally, an accessibility tool that automatically...
    Posted: August 13, 2019 1:36 PM
  • 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
  • DoIT Welcomes 3 New Staff to Instructional Technology

    It is my pleasure to both introduce and welcome the three newest members of the Instructional Technology team in DoIT: Chimaobi (Mobie) Nwaokomah (pictured at left), Laura Wyatt, and Collin...
    Posted: August 12, 2019 11:06 AM