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  • FA2021 Courses Created in Blackboard on July 26, 2021

    Blackboard course shells for FA2021 were created on July 26, 2021. The Ultra Course Preview setting is again enabled in FA2021 courses, which allows faculty to convert a new Original course to...
    Posted: July 27, 2021 10:06 AM
  • Gradebook filters, progress tracking, badges ready for Ultra

    New course navigation & other enhancements coming in August
    This upcoming FA2021 semester features new development in the Ultra gradebook, starting with gradebook filters. This function allows faculty to view data and content in the gradebook by multiple...
    Posted: July 27, 2021 8:50 AM
  • Akindi Bubble Sheet Training

    Learn more about the Scantron replacement
    Are you ready for the move? At the end of the Spring 2021 semester, DoIT announced that test scoring services were moving to Akindi, a Scantron alternative. During this transition, we will be...
    Posted: July 7, 2021 1:43 PM
  • New Respondus Lockdown Browser Features Auto-Update in July

    Students using Win/Mac must install to gain this feature
    The July update to the Windows and Mac versions of Respondus LockDown Browser will feature a new Auto Update function that starts when the application opens.  To optimize the test proctoring...
    Posted: June 28, 2021 4:13 PM
  • Groups & gradebook enhancements planned for Ultra in July

    Improved functionality for groups support larger enrollments
    The groups tool in Ultra has been redesigned for the July update to improve overall performance, particularly for large courses. This redesign includes functionality to make it easier to find...
    Posted: June 25, 2021 9:18 AM
  • June update supports written feedback via Ultra rubric rows

    Also coming: Record short audio/video course announcements
    6/5 update: The June release is delayed. As soon as we have more information, we will post it. Rubrics can be an essential tool for faculty and the assessment grading workflow. In this release...
    Posted: May 13, 2021 1:44 PM
  • Blackboard Courses Scheduled for Server Retirement in FA21

    Courses Before Summer 2018 to be Retired
    During the Summer 2021, DoIT staff and Blackboard will archive our entire instance of Blackboard, which will save individually backed-up copies of every course and organization through SP2021....
    Posted: May 12, 2021 4:24 PM
  • Test Scoring Moving to Akindi Bubble Sheets

    Print or scan a test from any local computer
    Beginning Fall 2021, UMBC will employ Akindi for paper-based, bubble sheet assessments. Akinidi is a Scantron alternative that allows instructors to print and score bubble sheets from any local...
    Posted: May 12, 2021 1:58 PM
  • Faculty prioritize grading & assessments for Ultra’s future

    About 76% of current & planned Ultra aligns with Original
    When Ultra was first introduced at UMBC in SP2018, four adventurous faculty opted to use a newly redesigned Blackboard course interface in their courses. Ultra represented a new phase of...
    Posted: May 11, 2021 11:27 AM
  • SU2021 Courses Created in Blackboard on April 27, 2021

    Blackboard course shells for SU2021 were created on April 27, 2021. The Ultra Course Preview setting is again enabled in SU2021 courses to allow faculty adoption with anupdated support schedule...
    Posted: April 28, 2021 10:11 AM