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


Six Ways Video and Audio Can Improve Learning--ATI Media Studio Resources Can Help

Are you seeking new ways to engage your students? Adding audio and video elements to the traditional classroom (and to the online one) can improve learning and make things more interesting. The Academic Technology and Innovation (ATI) Media Studio,...

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IT Insiders

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference Registration Now Open
Registration for the 25th Annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, to be held on May 15 (Reading Day) in the Edward St. John Center for Learning and Teaching, is now open to the university instructional community. Join us for this free event that showcases faculty innovation and student achievement.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Sale at Terrapin Tech
Save up to $120 on select models of Apple devices and $50 on select models of Dell computers at Terrapin Tech's Spring Faculty/Staff Appreciation Sale! You can also get a free gift with purchase while supplies last. Visit the store between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, April 19 to get your discount or preorder sale items at techstore.umd.edu or in-store between April 5 and 15 and pick up your purchase during the sale!

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. DIT’s Ana Palla-Kane was the recipient of the 2019 President’s Commission on Disability Issues John F. King Staff Award and DIT’s Academic Technology & Innovation team received the 2019 PCDI Unit award. The awards were presented at the April 5 University of Maryland Disability Summit.

Creative Jam LIVE
DIT partnered with Adobe to host the University of Maryland’s first Creative Jam LIVE event on March 29. Students competed in a design tournament putting their creative skills to test using Adobe Creative Cloud tools (available via TERPware). The students presented their “Digital Responsibility” themed projects to a panel of judges. We congratulate all who participated, and specifically the three winning teams: First Place: Disha Shetty, Paloma Zegarra Schmidt, Jason Lynn, Kyuyoung Kim; Second Place: Janki Desai, Sharan Hegde, Aravind Jembu Rajkumar, Simone Pimento, Rijuta Dighe; Third Place: Elli Ugot, Zubair Khan, Jashan Gupta, and LaRia Rogers.