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

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

Orientations for New TERP Classroom Faculty
If you are scheduled to teach in a TERP Classroom for the first time this fall (Edward St. John Center for Learning and Teaching, Tawes, Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering or A. James Clark Hall), orientations will be provided by DIT Learning Technology Design and Teaching and Learning Transformation Center staff. Sign up for a one-hour session.

Wireless Changes
This summer, DIT is implementing changes to the University of Maryland wireless network offerings. Please note that eduroam is now the preferred wireless network for students, faculty, and staff. Beginning July 29, the umd-secure wireless network will no longer be available. To log into eduroam, you will use your @umd.edu email address (not only your Directory ID) and your Directory password. Learn more about this and other upcoming wireless network updates.

Summer Faculty Creative Jam - Back to School Rush
Are you interested in a quick and fun crash course in Adobe Premiere Rush for storytelling? Want to win a pizza party for a course you'll be teaching this fall? Sign up for this free Summer Faculty Creative Jam sponsored by Adobe. Session 1 (July 30, 5-7 p.m.) is a kick-off event featuring topic inspiration, a software bootcamp, and a design challenge. Session 2 (August 6, 5-7 p.m.) is a review session with project presentations, feedback from the judges, and an award ceremony. Between the sessions, edit a video and produce a story in Adobe Premiere Rush and submit it for feedback and judging! Learn more and sign up.

LinkedIn Learning Online Training
LinkedIn Learning is an online library of instructional videos and courses provided to UMD faculty, staff, and students covering the latest software, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals.UMD customers were transitioned to LinkedIn Learning from lynda.com earlier this week. Training history was migrated to the new system, including all completed and in-progress training, certificates, and playlists. The new system provides a more personalized learning experience and gives you the option to connect your training accomplishments to your LinkedIn member profile. You can log in with your Directory ID and password and start learning any time! (First, enter your @umd.edu email address, then you will be directed to UMD’s Central Authentication Service.)