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

Webinars to Sharpen Your ELMS-Canvas Skills for Summer Sessions Online
Now that you made it through the initial rush to online learning, are you in need of an ELMS-Canvas revamp or more tips for group work and communicating with students online? Review webinar descriptions and join us starting next week to prepare for your Summer and Fall courses.

Zoom Web Conferencing Update
If you use Zoom, please update to Zoom 5.0 by May 30. Users who do not update their Zoom clients by May 30 will receive a forced upgrade when trying to join meetings. This update is required for everyone who attempts to host, join, or participate in Zoom meetings. Learn more about Zoom 5.0 features.

Last Day to Order Faculty/Staff Appreciation Sale at Terrapin Tech
Save up to $120 on Apple products and up to $50 on Dell products during Terrapin Tech's spring Faculty/Staff Appreciation Sale! Preorder online by May 22! All orders will be shipped May 29. Personal purchases only.

Memorial Day and Summer Hours
Division of IT offices will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020, and some services will continue to have modified hours into the summer. Get more details.