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 and...

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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

Rent a Laptop for Travel
Faculty and staff members can now rent laptops for departmental use from DIT. They are configured to address security concerns related to international travel, and using them can prevent the compromise of department-owned and personal laptops. Get more details about the request process and answers to frequently asked questions.

Lights, Camera, Action! Setting the Stage for Lecture Videos
At this Lunch and Learn we will discuss some quick and simple techniques for presenting your best self in lecture videos. Basic tips for lighting, camera angles, and audio will be demonstrated. You don't need professional equipment to join in the fun, beginners with shoestring budgets are highly encouraged to attend!  Join us March 12, noon - 1 p.m.! Please RSVP.

Call for Proposals to Present at the 2019 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference
DIT and the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center will co-host the 25th annual ITL Conference in the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center on May 15. A call for proposals to present is now underway. Members of the University of Maryland instructional community are encouraged to participate.

Electronics Recycling Event
As part of this year’s RecycleMania competition, UMD will have a shredding and electronic recycling event on Friday, March 29 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Lot 1f. Shredding service is available for university documents only. Personal electronics, however, are accepted.