Leadership Letters

Delivering the Vision

By: Eric Denna, Vice President and CIO

UMD students, faculty, and staff cultivate fearless ideas every day. The Division of IT strives to help you achieve your vision by providing secure, stable and modern systems and services. We also aim to make our services and information easy to request, access, and use. To support these goals, we have reinvented the way university community members engage with our division resources and support services.

We are pleased to introduce this new website, which is designed to be service-focused and architected to make it easy for you to find the services we provide, get support while using the services, report a problem when the services may not be working properly, or give us feedback as to how we can improve. Details about each service, such as who may use it, how to access it, and when it is available, are provided in the service catalog, which has been arranged into new categories and is also filterable by campus audience. Many catalog items have also become self-service, with the activation process automated through the catalog. Additionally, each catalog item is linked to our IT Library, which features new collections and houses more than 1,000 articles featuring how-tos and other information.

The new website also offers opportunities for community members to participate in creating the future of IT at UMD. You can submit your ideas and provide feedback about potential future system and service enhancements, learn about our governance groups and advisory partners, and discover IT communities of practice you may want to join.

You can also get information about IT security, peek into projects in progress, and see analytics about IT services and...

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-- From our faculty and student

Student Awareness Project

By: QUEST Farm team

Hello! We are QUEST Farm, a team of undergraduate students representing the Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) honors program. As a part of our introductory class, BMGT190H, last semester we partnered with the Division of Information Technology in order to help raise awareness of DIT’s services. Our team soon realized that the DIT...

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-- From our IT partners


Understanding the UMD Classroom Experience

By: Hilary Gossett, Assistant Director, Academic Facilities, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost
In the Spring of 2016, the Office of the Provost and DIT partnered to ask the question “what’s it like to teach in a UMD classroom?” The "Classroom Space and Technology Survey" was designed to collect candid feedback from our instructors regarding their experiences teaching in any one of the 320+ general-purpose classrooms on campus. The main... Read More


Inviting a Group to a Meeting

Google Group is a cool tool that can function much like a Listserv list or an email reflector. But it can do more! For instance, if you have a Group called, you can invite everyone in the group to a meeting by typing in the meeting guest list. The group will display with a "group" symbol, to distinguish it from individual invitees. A down-arrow will enable you to see the list of all the group members and whether they have said yes to the meeting.

Clicker Training for New Users of Turning Point Technologies

Interested in learning more about "clickers" (Turning Point) for the summer or fall term? Join us for a lunch and learn (lunch provided) with Turning Technologies staff on Thursday, April 27, 12-1 p.m. Learn more about Clickers for New Users and register by April 24.

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

The 23rd Annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference keynote will feature Dr. Marco Molinaro, Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness discussing "Using Data to Inform, Drive and Scale Instructional Reform." Be sure to register now for the May 12 conference, an event that is free for university faculty, teaching assistants, and instructional staff.