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DIT believes that technology has the power to transform academic and research practices. To support this vision, we continuously analyze how faculty, students, and staff are engaging with digital technology. DIT uses data from the systems it supports and from the students, faculty and staff we serve to inform everything from business decisions to training to strategic plans.

For the recent data-informed projects, please check out the Initiatives page.

To see what we've presented or written about recently, please check out the Publications & Presentations page.

To see how the UMD community has used academic technology tools and services in this semester and prior years, take a look at our Systems & Services reports.

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90% of students feel that UMD's approach to technology is average or cutting edge. Source: 2023 EDUCAUSE UMD Student Survey Results
Who hosts the most Zoom meetings? Faculty. Faculty host over 90K zoom meetings in a semester. Staff are a close second at over 88K!
Need to record a video? Reserve a One Button Studio? Located in STAMP, ESJ, McKeldin Library, and more! Nearly 80% of one button studio reservations are made by undergraduate students.
What's the most common reason to contact the IT Service Desk? Password Management. Have an IT question or issue? Contact the IT Service Desk. 301-405-1500 | |

Data-Driven Highlights

Learn about some of our data-driven insights and projects.

Results from the 2023 Educause Student and Faculty Surveys

Experiences with and attitudes toward technology

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The professional organization EDUCAUSE develops national surveys about the student and faculty experiences with IT on higher education campuses. The Division of IT administers it on their behalf at UMD, allowing us to analyze the UMD data for general trends and areas in which to continue conversations with the community. In 2023, we learned that:

  1. Technology at UMD is meeting students' needs.
  2. Faculty rely on technology and instructional support.
  3. Both students and faculty continue to prefer in-person learning and teaching experiences.
  4. Communication is important to students, and they prefer different methods of communication depending on the context.

Read a detailed overview of findings in our e-magazine, Student and Faculty Voices, or just check out the takeaways in our Terps and Tech one-pager!

Read the text-only version of the Terps & Tech one-pager.


Advancing Innovation with Technology Systems & Services Report

Each semester, the Academic Technology and Innovation team collects, analyzes and reports data on the usage and availability of technologies used for learning and teaching. Read the report to learn more about how students and instructors are coming to an equilibrium with respect to incorporating new pedagogical techniques (e.g., Zoom office hours) that best meet student needs!

Did you know that . . . 

Of students log into ELMS-Canvas on a typical day
Years worth of Panopto videos are viewed in a semester
Of Zoom meetings are one-on-one
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