Leadership Letters

Serving University Aspirations

Jeff Hollingsworth, Vice President and CIO

The Division of Information Technology offers a wide range of services, including phones, email, network access, Wi-Fi, classroom and instructional technology, programming and support for administrative computing systems like Testudo and Payroll and Human Resources, and more. We provide tech support, ways to get computers and software, and resources to help learn to use them. We even offer consulting services related to technology use, business processes, project planning, software development, server operations, data security, and more.

While keeping all of these services running gives us lots to do on a daily basis, the actual purpose of these resources, and everything DIT staff members do, is to help University of Maryland students, faculty, administrators, staff, and researchers achieve their goals -- the ones they have now and the future ones that will come about. Contributing to the learning, teaching, research, innovation, planning, and day-to-day activities that happen at the university is an honor and we are proud to do it.

To help us continue improving how we partner with and support the university community, we are engaging in a new strategic planning process. To develop a strategic plan that is truly helpful, we need input from university community members of all sorts -- about DIT, what you need from us, and how you think those needs will be changing in the future. During the next months, we are going to hold listening sessions with different stakeholders and engage closely with UMD community members to learn what is working for them and what can we do to expand and...

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-- From UMD faculty, students, and staff

Investing in Knowledge (and How We Manage It): Lessons Learned from ServiceNow's 2018 Conference

By: Leighanne Ellis, DIT Knowledge Management Team Lead

Benjamin Franklin said that "an investment in knowledge pays the best interest." I rather agree with him. I may be a bit biased though: My work is in Knowledge Management, and I am the team lead. To say that I am invested in learning and...

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-- IT service news and tips


UMD Google Accounts and Personal Data

Over a billion people rely on Google to complete an array of tasks. From crafting a complex spreadsheet to turning off a light, Google is deeply integrated in our personal and professional lives. This union isn’t always a transparent one.

The University of Maryland relies on Google to provide email to staff, faculty, and students. Spotlight investigated what Google may know about you...

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IT Insiders

Add “SPARKle” to Your ELMS Course Welcome Page
Welcome students to course or module content using Adobe Spark! During this Lunch & Learn, DIT Learning Technology Design staff will share tips, tricks, and examples for creating content, including how to embed a Spark presentation or video in an ELMS-Canvas page. Join us February 12, noon - 1 p.m.! Please RSVP.

Answer the Call to Present at the 2019 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference
DIT and the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center will co-host the 25th annual ITL Conference in the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center on May 15. A call for proposals to present is now underway. Members of the University of Maryland instructional community are encouraged to participate.

Nominations for PCDI Achievement Awards
The President’s Commission on Disability Issues (PCDI) established the PCDI Achievement Awards to recognize faculty, staff, and students who have made outstanding contributions to the university’s equity efforts in the area of disabilities. You are encouraged to identify outstanding candidates and units and share this call for nominations with your colleagues. The deadline is Monday, March 11.

2019 Open Educational Resource Mini-Grants
The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative has opened a call for proposals for the 2019 High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program to strategically support Maryland public higher education institutions’ efforts to increase access, affordability, and achievement for students through the incorporation of open educational resources (OER) into teaching practice. There will be an informational webinar at noon on February 13 and proposals are due March 15.