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August 1, 2006

OIT Units Merge to Become Instructional Technology & New Media

After 33 years of service, Victor Aulestia, OIT’s Director of Classroom Technology retired on June 30, 2006. As a result, Classroom Technology merged with New Media Learning & Development to become Instructional Technology & New Media, reporting to John Fritz as director of the combined unit.

“As more faculty use Blackboard in the classroom, the lines between online and face-to-face instruction have blurred,” says Fritz. “Victor left a strong group that joins another one to support UMBC’s focused efforts in teaching, learning and technology, as well as the campus’s broader innovation with new media such as streaming video, multimedia and web development.”

The newly merged ITNM unit is still sorting through the transition, but generally, instructional technology encompasses in-class, audio-visual support, including fixed and mobile classroom presentation technology, the International Media Center, all OIT computer lab scheduling, and Blackboard. The New Media Studio (www.umbc.edu/studio) focuses on all aspects of video production, including video streaming, video conferencing and video/audio duplication services, as well as multimedia and Web development & support.

For more information or to make comments or suggestions, contact John Fritz at 410.455.6596 or fritz@umbc.edu.

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