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July 3, 2012

DoIT News Moving to myUMBC Groups

As of today, the DoIT News will be published through the DoIT Group on myUMBC, which in turn feeds the new DoIT site at doit.umbc.edu. As such, we will no longer be maintaining this Movable Type blog. However, it will remain for archive purposes.

FYI to DoIT Group members:

How do I post a new blog in myUMBC groups?

If you have questions, please contact the Technology Support Center (TSC) located on the first floor of the library next to the RLC or call 410.455.3838.

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April 3, 2012

Hybrid Course Redesign Workshop, 6/8

DoIT and the Faculty Development Center will be offering the Course Redesign/ Hybrid Course Redesign Workshop on June 8, 2012 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in ENGR 023 on UMBC's Main Campus. In the morning participants will learn the principles of good course design, including designing assignments and assessments that help students achieve the goals for their learning. Lunch will be provided and participants will hear from a panel of faculty experienced in teaching hybrid courses. In the afternoon faculty will apply the principles of good course design from the morning session to planning a hybrid course (part-online, part face-to-face), and gain hands-on experience with some of the technology tools that are effective in online teaching. This workshop is open to all full or part time UMBC faculty and is limited to 14 participants. To register, please go to this event on the myUMBC Training site.

The workshop will also help meet the requirements for a one-time course-redesign stipend through the Alternate Delivery program (ADP), which is sponsored by both the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Summer, Winter and Special Programs (OSWSP).

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September 9, 2011

Google Calendar General Workshop September 14th 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Instructor: Kathy Raab
Sign Up: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/training/events/8074

Option 1: We highly recommend our Google Calendar Support Site, https://sites.google.com/a/umbc.edu/calendar-migration/. There is step-by-step documentation including videos to help you - at your own pace - through the migration process and use of Google
Calendar.

Option 2: We also invite you to participate in cohort training. This format is offered to address your specific scheduling needs. To request cohort training for your department, please send email to: GoogleCalendarMigration@umbc.edu

Option 3: This 2-hour hands-on course introduces participants to Google Calendar, the calendaring system which is part of the Google Apps for UMBC . In addition to covering basic calendaring for individuals, we will also discuss scheduling other people and managing calendars for others.

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August 1, 2011

FA2011 Blackboard Drop-in Sessions

DoIT is offering drop in Blackboard Drop-in sessions to assist and help faculty prepare for the fall semester

The following one hour drop in sessions will be held in Engineering 025. DoIT staff members will be available to work one-on-one with with users who show up during the designated times.

Additional dates and times may be added as demand warrants.

FA2011 Blackboard Drop In Schedule
DateTime
M 8/2212-1 pm
W 8/2411 am-1 pm
W 8/243-5 pm
F 8/2612-1 pm
M 8/293-5 pm
Tu 8/304-6 pm
F 9/212-1 pm
Tu 9/612-1 pm
F 9/912-1 pm
NEW F 9/1612-1 pm
NEW M 9/1912-1 pm
NEW Th 9/2212-1 pm
NEW M 9/2612-1 pm

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April 28, 2011

Hybrid Course Redesign Workshop, June 9, 2011

DoIT and the Faculty Development Center will be offering the Hybrid Course Redesign Workshop on June 9, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in ENG 023. Participants will learn the principles of good course design and apply them to a traditional, face-to-face (F2F) course that could be delivered as a hybrid (part-online, part F2F) course. Using hybrid delivery to demonstrate best practices of hybrid teaching, this workshop is open to any UMBC instructor considering teaching a hybrid course in any semester. To register, please go to this event on the myUMBC Training site.

The workshop will also help meet the requirements for a one-time course-redesign stipend through the Alternate Deliver program (ADP), which is sponsored by both the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Summer, Winter and Special Programs (OSWSP).

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January 12, 2011

SP 2011 Blackboard Drop-in Sessions

DoIT is offering drop in Blackboard Drop-in sessions to assist and help faculty prepare for the spring semester.

The following one hour drop in sessions will be held in Engineering 025. DoIT staff members will be available to work one-on-one with with users who show up during the designated times.

Additional dates and times may be added as demand warrants.


SP2011 Blackboard Drop In Schedule
DateTime
Tu 1/1812-1 pm
W 1/1912-1 pm
M 1/244-6 pm
W 1/2612-1 pm
M 1/3112-1 pm
W 2/212-1 pm

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June 11, 2010

DoIT Summer Blackboard 9.1 Drop in Sessions

Now that the upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 has been completed and summer faculty are using the new version, the dust is settling and we are ready to offer some drop in sessions to assist and help prepare the rest of the campus for the fall semester.

The following one hour drop in sessions will be held in Engineering 025. Several DoIT staff members will be available to work one-on-one with with users who show up during the designated times.

Additional dates and times will be added in the near future.

SU2010 DoIT Drop In Schedule
DateTime
6/2310-11 am
6/2312-1 pm
6/2810-11 am
6/2812-1 pm
6/2910-11 am
6/2912-1 pm
7/810-11 am
7/81-2 pm

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January 26, 2010

DoIT Extends Informal 60 minute Technology "Drop-In" Sessions

Now that the semester is well under way, DoIT wants to continue helping faculty during this busy time by extending drop in sessions for Blackboard and Wimba. AV Services will continue to offer sessions upon request.

SP2010 DoIT Drop In Schedule
DateBlackboardWimba
2/1 ECS 025 (12 pm) *IMC (2 pm)
2/2 ECS 025 (11 am)IMC (3 pm)
2/3 IMC (10 am)
2/4 ECS 025 (10 am)IMC (1 pm)
2/5 ECS025 (12 pm)IMC (12 pm)
2/8ECS 025 (12 pm)IMC (12 pm)
2/9IMC (10 am)
2/10ECS 025 (12 pm)IMC (3 pm)
2/11ECS 025 (2 pm)IMC (1:30 pm)
2/12ECS 025 (12 pm)
*IMC - International Media Center, Academic IV B Wing, Room 219

BLACKBOARD DROP-INS | Support Site

DoIT will be hosting drop in sessions for Blackboard so that faculty can have their questions answered and work with someone to resolve any issues.

WIMBA DROP-INS | Support Site

Wimba Classroom is a real-time, virtual classroom environment designed for distance education, hybrid classes and collaboration and supports audio, video, application sharing, and archiving. Faculty can conduct class, hold office hours or set up group work spaces. Voice Tools include:

• Voice Board - a recorder tool
• Voice Direct - an aural chat
• Voice Presentation - describe slides
• Podcaster

AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES | Support Site

As always, AV Services will schedule individual tutorials on an as needed/by
appointment basis. Please call X52461 to make arrangements.

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December 4, 2009

DoIT Offers Informal 60 minute Technology "Drop-In" Sessions

With the start of the semester right around the corner, DoIT wants to help faculty prepare for this busy time by conducting drop in sessions for Blackboard and Wimba. AV Services will continue to offer sessions upon request.

SP2010 DoIT Drop In Schedule
DateBlackboardWimba
1/19 *IMC (10 am)
1/20 ECS025 (10 am)IMC (11 am)
1/21ECS 025 (1 pm) IMC (12 pm)
1/22 ECS 025 (11 am)IMC (1 pm)
1/25 ECS025 (2 pm)IMC (1 pm)
1/26IMC (11 am)
1/27ECS025 (12 pm)IMC (12 pm)
1/28ECS025 (10 am)IMC (2:30 pm)
1/29ECS025 (12 pm)IMC (12 pm)
*IMC - International Media Center, Academic IV B Wing, Room 219

BLACKBOARD DROP-INS | Support Site

DoIT will be hosting drop in sessions for Blackboard so that faculty can have their questions answered and work with someone to resolve any issues.

WIMBA DROP-INS | Support Site

Wimba Classroom is a real-time, virtual classroom environment designed for distance education, hybrid classes and collaboration and supports audio, video, application sharing, and archiving. Faculty can conduct class, hold office hours or set up group work spaces. Voice Tools include:

• Voice Board - a recorder tool
• Voice Direct - an aural chat
• Voice Presentation - describe slides
• Podcaster

AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES | Support Site

As always, AV Services will schedule individual tutorials on an as needed/by
appointment basis. Please call X52461 to make arrangements.

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November 11, 2009

Panasonic HVX200 P2 HD Camera Workshop

On December 9 the New Media Studio will hosted a presentation on the HVX200 camera by Panasonic rep Jim Jensen. Jim went over in depth the extensive customizable features on the camera and answered questions from a group of UMBC faculty and students.


You may view the presentation on UMBCTube

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Digital Storytelling Workshop for Faculty Jan. 20-22 2010

A three-day digital storytelling workshop for faculty will be held at UMBC on January 20, 21 and 22, 2010. Staff from the UMBC’s New Media Studio will conduct the workshop, during which participants will learn about the digital storytelling process while creating their own personal story.

Bringing together writing, photography and audio, the digital storytelling process facilitates the telling of personal and reflective stories in the form of digital movies. Through the process of producing their own digital stories over a three-day period, workshop participants gain insight into potential application of this approach in their own teaching. Here are samples from last summer’s workshop.

There are a limited number of seats available for faculty from other area institutions. The fee for non-UMBC faculty will be $500. If you are interested in reserving a seat please contact Bill Shewbridge at shewbrid@umbc.edu . Preference will be given to those who have not taken one of our workshops before, however alumni are welcome to join us if space is available.

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September 30, 2009

CIRC Software Workshop Schedule

The workshops last for one hour and are held during Free Hour (12 noon - 01 pm) in ENGR 122, an instructional computer lab in the Engineering Building at UMBC.

Though the seating is limited, no sign-up is required; we will accommodate as many people as possible.

http://www.umbc.edu/circ/workshops/

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August 14, 2009

DoIT Offers Informal 60 minute Technology "Drop-In" Sessions

With the start of the semester right around the corner, DoIT wants to help faculty prepare for this busy time by conducting drop in sessions for AV services, Blackboard and Wimba.

FA2009 DoIT Drop In Schedule
Date AV BlackboardWimba
8/24 LH1 (11 am)
LH2 (1 pm)
ECS025 (10 am) *IMC (11 am)
8/25 LH3 (11 am)
LH4 (1 pm)
ECS025 (1 pm) 
8/26LH 7 (11 am)
Note: LH8 is identical to LH7
ECS025 (10 am)
ECS025 (1 pm)
IMC (11 am)
8/27LH 5 (12 pm - this is a change)
 
ECS025 (10 am)
ECS025 (1 pm)
 
8/31LH 9 (11 am)ECS025 (10 am)
ECS025 (1 pm)
 
9/1 ECS025 (10 am)
ECS025 (1 pm)
 
9/2ACIV 204 (12 pm)ECS025 (12 pm)IMC (12 pm)
9/3 ECS025 (1 pm) 
9/4ACIV 204 (12 pm) IMC (12 pm)
9/9ACIV 204 (12 pm)  
9/11ACIV 204 (12 pm)  
*IMC - International Media Center, Academic IV B Wing, Room 219

AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES DROP-INS | Support Site

AV Services will be hosting informal drop-in tutorials for UMBC faculty
and staff on the use of the AV equipment housed in lecture halls. Topics to be covered include:

• using your laptop to provide video and audio to the projector
• playing content through the projector with the VCR and DVD players
• using the local computer for content
• where applicable, using the document camera for content instead of a whiteboard
• lighting and sound options

AV Services will also hold open drop-in tutorials for faculty and
staff on equipment usage in classrooms and lecture halls during free hour (12-1 pm).

As always, AV Services will schedule individual tutorials on an as needed/by
appointment basis. Please call X52461 to make arrangements.

BLACKBOARD DROP-INS | Support Site

DoIT will be hosting drop in sessions for Blackboard so that faculty can have their questions answered and work with someone to resolve any issues.

WIMBA DROP-INS | Support Site

Wimba Classroom is a real-time, virtual classroom environment designed for distance education, hybrid classes and collaboration and supports audio, video, application sharing, and archiving. Faculty can conduct class, hold office hours or set up group work spaces. Voice Tools include:

• Voice Board - a recorder tool
• Voice Direct - an aural chat
• Voice Presentation - describe slides
• Podcaster

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June 22, 2009

Explore Possibilities With Wimba Classroom, (6/25, 7/28, 8/13)

Wimba Classroom is a real-time virtual classroom environment designed for distance education, hybrid classes and collaboration.

This live, virtual classroom supports audio, video, application sharing, content display and whiteboarding. In addition, faculty can hold office hours, host guest lectures, webcasts, set up workspace for student groups and create meetings. The program enables application sharing from your desktop or a remote desktop and can be archived. You can set up group study areas for any class, not just the online variety.

Check out demos, documentation and webinars from the Wimba site at http://wimba.com/services.

Join us for one of the demos (sign up at http://www.umbc.edu/training) or contact Joan Costello at ext. 5-3685 or jcostello@umbc.edu to meet one on one or as a group.

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March 24, 2009

Staff Development Workshop: Exploring Web 2.0 Tools, 4/24, 8:30 am - 12 pm, Library Gallery

8:30 a.m. Breakfast Keynote: "The Reward of Risks: How Learning 2.0 Tools can Help Higher Education Reinvent Itself"
Over the past two years the McMaster University Libraries have undertaken a dramatic transformation from very traditional academic library to innovative, user-centered partner in teaching, learning, and research. University Librarian Jeffrey Trzeciak will explain how and why his staff reinvented itself by embracing Web 2.0 tools, and share lessons learned that may be useful to other colleges and universities. UMBC staff will also highlight how they are using these tools in their work during some "Show & Tell Demos". For more information and to register, please visit www.umbc.edu/brownbag.

Trzeciak_Jeffrey.jpg
Jeffrey Trzeciak is the University Librarian at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is responsible for the management of the Thode Science and Engineering Library, Innis Business Library and Mills Library for the Social Sciences and Humanities. Jeff has more than twenty years experience working in academic and public libraries. He has spoken internationally on a variety of topics including digital library initiatives, web 2.0, organizational change, and library innovation. When not at "work" Jeff can frequently be found online in Facebook, SecondLife and World of Warcraft.

Web 2.0 "Show & Tell" Demos

  • 9:45 am "Beyond the I Drive:How the AOK Library Staff uses a Wiki for Knowledge Management," Heather Moss and Jennifer Fitch
  • 10:30 am Break
  • 10:45 am "How the PROMISE Program uses Facebook to Support Minority Ph.D Students," Renetta Tull, Director, PROMISE (www.umbc.edu/promise)
  • 11:30 am "How to Practice using Web 2.0 Tools with myUMBC," Collier Jones, Campus Portal Architect
To register, please visit www.umbc.edu/brownbag.

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February 3, 2009

Hybrid Learning Faculty Presentations

Faculty in the Summer 2009 Alternate Delivery Program will present two (March 6 and April 17) required "Show & Tell" hybrid learning presentations that address the pedagogical problems (or implications) a hybrid or online course solves (or creates). If you're interested in learning more about hybrid courses, this is a great way to see how faculty colleagues are preparing for their Summer 2009 courses. Lunch will be provided to registered participants. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.umbc.edu/training/fdc.

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February 2, 2009

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

Need to brush up on or learn how to use Blackboard? Upcoming workshops include:


  • Blackboard 8.0 Grade Center (2/6, 1 p.m., Engineering 025)
  • Building Activity with Blackboard's Communication Tools (2/13, 1 p.m., Engineering 025)
  • Creating Assessments in Blackboard (2/20, 1 p.m., Engineering 025)
  • Blackboard Wikis & Blogs (3/6, 2:30 p.m., Engineering 025)

Blackboard 8.0 Grade Center (2/6, 1 p.m., Engineering 025)

This 75 minute workshop will provide the gradebook user with an advanced look at the new Blackboard Grade Center that will be used starting with the Spring semester. New features include easier recording of grades, ability to divide the gradebook into multiple course sections, dropping the lowest score and advanced reporting features.Familiarity with the current gradebook is helpful.

Building Activity with Blackboard's Communication Tools (2/13, 1 p.m., Engineering 025)

This 90 minute hands-on workshop will introduce you to the various communication tools in Blackboard and discuss how they can be effectively used. Topics will include how to use the new discussion board, use of the "Assignments" feature, effective ways to use groups, Turnitin, and email. (Please bring an electronic copy of your syllabus if you have one.)


Creating Assessments in Blackboard (2/20, 1 p.m., Engineering 025)

This 90 minute hands-on workshop will focus on creating both assessments and surveys in Blackboard and how to manage the course Gradebook. Attention will be focused on the Test Manager, Survey Manager, uploading and downloading grades, managing items in the Gradebook and the Gradebook settings.

Blackboard Wikis & Blogs (3/6, 2:30 p.m., Engineering 025)

All UMBC Blackboard courses and communities have access to interactive community publishing tools such as blogs (diary-like journals any user can create) and wikis (a communal web site anyone can add to and edit). This one hour hands-on workshop will give participants a chance to try out blogs and wikis for themselves, and show how others are currently using them in UMBC Blackboard courses and communities.

For more details about these workshops and to register, please visit http://www.umbc.edu/training/blackboard.

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January 29, 2009

CIRC Software Workshop Schedule

The workshops last for one hour and are held during Free Hour (12 noon - 01 pm) in ENGR 122, an instructional computer lab in the Engineering Building at UMBC.

Though the seating is limited, no sign-up is required; we will accomodate as many people as possible.

http://www.umbc.edu/circ/workshops/

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November 21, 2008

FYI: Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 1/13-15

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Educause Conference will return to the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel from January 13-15. Early registration is open until 12/16 and can be found at http://http://net.educause.edu/Registration/1022269.

The conference, titled “Opportunity in Adversity”, is an opportunity to meet and hear from innovators and forward thinkers about current and emerging best practices in higher education information services. Many faculty and staff have attended previously and have found it be useful and informative.

For more information and the program schedule you can go to http://net.educause.edu/content.asp?SECTION_ID=445

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October 29, 2008

Hybrid Learning Faculty Presentations

Faculty in the Winter 2009 Alternate Delivery Program will present the second of two required "Show & Tell" hybrid learning presentations that address the pedagogical problems (or implications) a hybrid or online course solves (or creates). If you're interested in learning more about hybrid courses, this is a great way to see how faculty colleagues are preparing for their Winter 2009 courses. Lunch will be provided to registered participants. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.umbc.edu/training.

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February 25, 2008

UMBC Joins Two National, Online Learning Faculty Development Networks

On behalf of the UMBC community, the Office of Information Technology has recently joined QualityMatters and the Sloan-Consortium, two national, online learning networks that specialize in faculty development, online training and research-based "best practices." Membership in both organizations is made possible through a partnership with the University System of Maryland (USM).

QualityMatters LogoEstablished in 2003 with a three-year, $500k grant from the Fund for Improvement to Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), QualityMatters is a nationally-recognized initiative by MarylandOnline that focuses on defining and evaluating best practices in quality online or hybrid course design--not instructor delivery.

Last year, OIT staff and selected faculty participated in several USM-sponsored course design and peer reviewer training workshops by QualityMatters, which is now an institutional subscription service supported by more than 100 colleges and universities in 31 states who have voluntarily adopted the QM course design and peer review standards. UMBC's own Alternate Delivery Program also adopted the QM standards as part of the Hybrid Course Design Workshop.

Now that UMBC is an institutional QM member, all faculty may access summary or annotated versions of the the highly regarded rubric (or "check list") of 40 course design characteristics that educational research literature identifies in good online courses. An interactive version of the rubric, as well as a form to request peer review by QM trained reviewers, is also available. Send email to John Fritz at fritz@umbc.edu to receive your userid & password for the interactive QM services.

Note: Two Education faculty members, Zane Berge and Greg Williams, are QM certified "peer reviewers," as are Jack Prostko, Director of the Faculty Development Center, and John Fritz and Bob Armstrong from OIT.

Sloan-C LogoKnown for its research-based course design rubric--which takes a lot of the guess work out of developing or evaluating online courses--QM does offer face-to-face and online training workshops, but also frequently partners with the Sloan-Consortium, which specializes in online faculty development in all aspects of online learning.

As 2008 institutional members in Sloan-C's "College Pass" program, UMBC has a total of 100 free "seats" to be used toward any online workshop (including how to use the QM rubric) and 50 additional "seats" in select workshops. UMBC also has ten (10) $50 registration discounts toward Sloan-C's highly regarded Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks in Orlando, Florida (Nov. 5-7).

For now, OIT will manage the "College Pass" registration codes on a "first come, first served" basis. To receive a Sloan-C "College Pass" code, click here.

EducauseFinally, faculty are reminded that UMBC has also been a member of the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) since 2006. While ELI does not focus exclusively on online learning, it provides excellent resources, including free webinars on timely topics, a very popular "Seven Things You Should Know About . . ." series, and the annual Horizon Report that looks at new and emerging technologies likely to be adopted in the next one to five years. The Horizon Report is also a partnership with the New Media Consortium, which UMBC also belongs to.

For more information about any of these opportunities, contact John Fritz at fritz@umbc.edu or 410.455.6596.

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February 14, 2008

3/10 Brown Bag Workshop: Digital Alternatives to Writing (and Drawing) on A Chalkboard

Tired of having to write or draw big so your students can see your notes, formulas or diagrams on the chalk or dry erase board? Then see how you can use digital alternatives that can be projected on a big screen--and even captured, narrated and replayed in Blackboard. This Teaching Learning and Technology (TLT) Brown Bag Workshop will be held on Monday, March 10, at noon in Lecture Hall 8.

Faculty-led demos will include:

  • Hitachi Smart Board Input Screens (available in LH 7 & 8)
  • Tablet PCs (like the IBM Lenovo X61 currently available in AV Services)
  • Wacom Graphic Tablet (http://global.wacom.com/index2.cfm)
  • Document Cameras (currently installed in all but two lecture halls: LH1 & LH3)
  • AceCad Digimemo "Digital Paper" Pads (http://www.acecad.com)

With most of these options, if you have some kind of screen capture tool like Camtasia (www.techsmith.com/camtasia), you could also capture the screen movements and audio narration for later display in a password-protected space like Blackboard.

Light refreshments will be provided for registered participants. To register, visit www.umbc.edu/brownbag.

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June 6, 2006

Brown Bag on Redesign June 14

Join OIT's Portal and Web architects for a preview of the redesigned myUMBC portal and Web sites to be launched this summer. Give us your feedback, make suggestions and see where we're headed. We'll also answer your questions about Web design and support.

Be sure to sign up if you plan to attend.

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November 4, 2005

Hybrid/Online Course Design RFP (Deadline: 12/9)

The Office of Summer, Winter and Special Programs (OSWSP) is piloting a new program to increase the number of alternate delivery courses - specifically, hybrid and online courses - offered during special sessions (winter and summer terms) in 2006. The OSWSP invites proposals from UMBC full and part-time faculty to develop online or hybrid courses to be offered during the 2006 Summer Session. Course development funding (or a laptop computer), high speed Internet access, technical support, and the opportunity to participate in a faculty “learning community” are available through this program. The proposal deadline is December 9, 2005. More Information.

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August 25, 2005

OIT Pilots Use of Blogs & Wikis in Blackboard

This year, OIT is piloting a third-party Blackboard extension (or "Building Block") that provides blogs (diary-like web journals) and wikis (group developed websites) contained in Blackboard courses or communities and only visible to enrolled members. Developed by a company called Learning Objects, their "Campus Pack" building block is a set of tools that are designed to foster greater communication between and among Blackboard users.

Bob Armstrong
Bob Armstrong
Teams LX gives Blackboard instructors or managers a powerful way to assign, manage, and assess group projects consisting of web sites jointly built by more than one person (also known as "wikis"). More Information.

Journal LX enables users to create, share and comment on blogs within a Blackboard course or community. More Information.

Backpack LX is a dynamic blog and web site builder that permits students and instructors to create and showcase journals and web sites in a central location of the course or community.

OIT will be evaluating the Campus Pack suite of tools during the 2005-06 academic year, and invites instructors/managers and students/members of Blackboard sites to give us feedback on the product. For help or feedback, contact Bob Armstrong (rarmstro@umbc.edu or 410.455.3885). You may also want to see the Team LX and Journal LX help sheets on the UMBC Blackboard Help Tab.

FYI: To see how colleges and universities are using collaborative tools like blogs and wikis in the classroom, see the June 24, 2005 Chronicle of Higher Education special section "Ten Techniques to Change Your Teaching" (login required to view the issue online, or visit the New Media Learning & Development office in ECS 101). Sample articles include the following:

THESE LESSONS CLICK: Thanks to his students' remote-control devices, a biology instructor at the College of Lake County, Ill., can measure the class's comprehension instantly.

C3PO 4 EE101: Electrical engineering students at Montana State University have a lot of knowledge to navigate, and so do their robots.

PIXEL PERFECT: A University of Denver art-history professor exchanges the slide projector for more flexible digital technology.

CUT! Education students at the University of Texas at Austin are learning to tell stories through laptop-produced videos.

CRUDE BEHAVIOR: Computer simulation turns students at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School into oil executives in a tense negotiation.

AMERICAS ONLINE: Videoconferencing allows students at the University of Maryland and the Mexico City campus of the Monterrey Institute of Technology to model a joint business venture.

FACE TO FACE: Thanks to video over IP, the Virginia Community College System can affordably offer an education course team-taught in several linked locations.

A BUILDING TOOL: Three-dimensional software helps students at Carleton College design an environmentally friendly house.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Students in an online constitutional-law class from Concord University listen up and write back.

PEN IN HAND: Tablet PC's allow an English professor at CUNY's College of Staten Island to mark up papers the old-fashioned way -- but in a new-fashioned way.

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May 20, 2005

Online Tech Training for UMBC Faculty & Staff

Need to brush up on Excel? How about managing your time & projects? If you need to learn IT or business productivity skills, but don't have time or budget to attend in-class training, you can now learn online with SkillSoft. UMBC recently joined other USM schools using SkillSoft. With over 1,800 titles to choose from, SkillSoft is open to all UMBC faculty and staff. Use it on your own or setup a professional development plan between supervisor and employee. SkillSoft can even be used "off-line" and then synched up "on-line, and you can print certificates of completion. For more information, visit http://www.umbc.edu/skillsoft or http://www.umbc.edu/training (includes online demo). To login, use your full UMBC email address for userid & password (e.g., youruserid@umbc.edu). For more information or help, send email to training@umbc.edu.

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April 25, 2005

Hybrid Courses and Faculty Development

In his column for Insights Online, UMBC Faculty Development Director Jack Prostko explores why and how faculty may want to explore using the hybrid course delivery format.

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March 31, 2005

What it's Like to Teach an Online or Hybrid Course (4/6, 1 p.m.)

In light of the USM Board of Regents proposal for more online or hybrid (part online, part face-to-face) courses, what's it like to teach and learn this way? Faculty from UMBC's three online master's programs in Emergency Health Services (Maguire), Education (Oliva) and Information Systems (Seaman) will describe their experiences, and share their thoughts on what it would take to support this mode of delivery for UMBC's undergraduate curriculum. Wednesday, April 6, 1 p.m., ECS 023. To register, visit http://www.umbc.edu/brownbag.

Related Information:

  • USM Board of Regents Efficiency & Effectiveness updates
  • How ( and Why) to Teach a Hybrid Course (10/21/03 TLT Brown Bag Workshop.
  • 2006 Summer & Winter Alternate Delivery Request for Proposals
  • This workshop will be broadcast via the USM Interactive Video Network (IVN).
  • Posted by fritz at 9:19 AM

    College Park Teaching with Technology Conference (4/8)

    The University of Maryland at College Park will hold its 12th annual Teaching with Technology Conference on Friday, April 8. There is a small fee for USM faculty & staff ($50) to cover parking and food. For more information, visit http://www.oit.umd.edu/twt/. Apologies for the late notice on this one. JF

    Posted by fritz at 9:17 AM

    Save the Date: Goucher College Conference on Academic Technology (5/17)

    Goucher College will be hosting a Conference on Academic Technology on Tuesday, May 17. A conference website has not yet been established, but likely topics include the following:

  • What are the latest technology trends and gadgets our students are using? What websites are they visiting and what are they doing there?
  • How do students use technology to engage in academic work?
  • The dark side: how can technology enable or even encourage academic dishonesty, and what can we do about it?
  • “Technology Fluency” for faculty: what do we need to know and how do we do it?
  • How does a course undergo a transformation through academic technology? What are the possible outcomes?
  • How can we apply distance education pedagogy in a face to face or mixed (hybrid) course setting?
  • How can we use technology to bridge the gap between extra-curricular activities and academics? Can technology bring about a living-learning environment?

    For more information, visit Goucher's Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology or send email to ctlt@goucher.edu

    Posted by fritz at 9:11 AM

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