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

UMD Appreciation Sale at Terrapin Tech
Experience Black Friday excitement and tech savings early this year at Terrapin Tech's UMD Appreciation Sale on Friday, November 15! Save up to $120 off Apple products and up to $50 off Dell products. Faculty and staff can skip the line for data migration and get a free gift with purchase (while supplies last). You can also pre-order sale items November 1-11 (no custom configurations), but they must be picked up on sale day. Sale applies to personal purchases only.

Creative Cloud in Your Pocket!
Learn to capture content and create PDF documents from your mobile phone. This free workshop with an Adobe trainer will enable you to increase your productivity using the Adobe Scan and Adobe Capture apps. Join us from 11 a.m.-noon on November 19 in the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center. Registration is required.

Adding “SPARKle” to Your Instructional Content
Are you looking for an alternative to PowerPoint for presentations? Want to be able to create eye-catching graphics in 2-3 clicks? DIT Learning Technology Design staff will share tips and tricks and examples for creating content using the free web-based Adobe application, SPARK. Registration is required for this free workshop on November 19 between 1:15-2:30 p.m.

UMD Libraries e-Book Survey
Give UMD Libraries your thoughts on e-books! Data collected during their current survey will help with decisions building book and e-book collections. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. If you complete the 10-minute survey by December 9, you could win a $50 or $25 Amazon gift card. Take the survey!