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... Read More

-- From our faculty and students


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... Read More
-- 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


Data Center Network Upgrades: Expect Some Outages During Spring Break
During the university’s spring break, the Division of Information Technology will perform two significant network upgrades to the data centers that will result in outages of many university IT services from 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017 until 7 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017 and from 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2017 until 7 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017. These upgrades were planned to enhance the overall security of the data centers.


Accessible Learning and ADA Compliance
DIT has posted a comprehensive list of resources to support Accessible Learning (including the Accessibility Checklist for Online Course Design). Check it out! In addition, EDUCAUSE Review has released a helpful article on “ADA Compliance for Online Course Design" that is a must read for faculty and instructional designers.


Increasing Technology in the Classroom
Learning Technology Design staff collaborated with the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center to provide an interactive workshop on “Technology to Increase Engagement in the Classroom” on March 8. Participants experimented with “gamifying” clicker technology and envisioning uses of the Mersive wireless collaboration tool.


ECAR Annual Technology Survey Reminder
A friendly reminder that the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) annual technology survey will be conducted March 30-April 14, 2017. 8,000 undergraduates and 1,000 faculty members will be randomly invited via email to participate. Last year, nearly 75% of UMCP students reported connecting at least two or more devices while on campus. How many devices do you typically connect throughout the day? We want to know!