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...

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-- From UMD faculty, students, and staff
Voices

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

Connections

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

Preparing Your ITL Conference Proposal
If you are looking for guidance and support throughout the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference proposal process, join the ITL program committee at an informal proposal-in-progress session on March 2 (2-3 p.m.) or March 3 (12:30-1:30 p.m.). We will help you identify the format that best suits your presentation content and provide feedback on your ideas or proposals-in-progress. Or, reach out to itl-coords@umd.edu to schedule a time for an in-person, phone or web conference any time before March 11.

Student Technology Fee Proposal Period Open
UMD community members are invited to submit proposals for using Student Technology Fee funds online before 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Each year, a portion of Student Technology Fee funds is allocated to award projects proposed by UMD community members. Successful proposals should aim at providing strategic enhancements to campus-wide IT services. Please review the proposal guidelines for more information.

LTD Lunch & Learn Webinar: Managing Your ELMS Persona
In this webinar we will discuss the many different ways you can customize your profile in ELMS. Join us in Webex on February 18 to learn how to add pronouns after your name and/or to record your name pronunciation on ELMS-Canvas.

Terrapin Tech Open Box Sale
Shop the Open Box Sale at Terrapin Tech Friday, February 21! Line starts at 9 a.m., sales start at noon! There will be prizes, drinks, and games. First come, first served! Get discounts on selected Apple and Dell items, including laptops and iPads, while supplies last.

College + A&E Networks Creative Jam February 21-24
Encourage students in your classes or who work for you to create a team of two or more and join hundreds of other students across the nation to compete in an Adobe Creative Jam. Teams work on campus or from home to solve an A&E Networks challenge and win prizes! Register.