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 NEW! Brightspace Learning Sessions

We are excited to announce a series of Brightspace learning sessions beginning in March. These sessions will assist you with your transition from Blackboard to Brightspace. All sessions will be conducted from our Bangor (UMA FDC, Belfast Hall 323) and Augusta (UMA FDC, Katz 208) locations. Sessions will also be available through Zoom:

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Bye, bye Blackboard. Hello Brightspace!
Fall 2020

UMS Selected Brightspace. Shinny and new!

New LMS Selected

Bye Blackboard, Hello Shiny New Brightspace!


In May 2020 Video Conferencing (VC) classes will change underlying technology.  What is the impact to students and instructors?

VC classes will no longer turn on automatically in the classroom. IMPORTANT: the instructor, as well as students at various locations, will have to manually join the meeting before each class. Read more about this implementation...

UMA Faculty Development Center

The Faculty Development Center is your one-stop shop for faculty and staff seeking assistance virtually or in person with distance teaching, student engagement at a distance, implementation or use of educational technology. 

We are here for you to answer questions on technology in teaching, troubleshoot Blackboard or Kaltura, explore tech tools to suit your needs, and help you align the design of your online learning assets to your teaching goals.

Faculty Services we offer:

Personalized consulting on curricular and instructional design

Are you planning a new course,  teaching a course for the first time or something needs a change? Let us help you plan your course effectively and efficiently.

We will meet with you one or more times to help you to establish clear and measurable learning objectives, assessments to measure those outcomes, and a plan for instruction. We will help you make the best use of the learning modality you will be using, whether traditional face-to-face, hybrid, videoconference, ITV, or online. See our outline on Course Design for more information.

Instructional technology training and support

Faculty Development Center facilitates a series of workshops and webinars throughout the year.  This is a format of instructional development facilitated by instructional designers, faculty and staff for faculty. Workshops have generally a more hands-on, applied component to explore features and functionality of a certain educational technology tool.


Personalized consulting on selecting and using educational software, and instructional technologies

Are you up on all the latest technology tools available today? Of course not! With technology changing so fast and more tools becoming available all the time, it's difficult to stay up to date. Let us do the work for you! Bring us the instructional challenge, and we will help to find just the right technological solution. Are you interested in exploring a new tool you've discovered? Let us know and we will take a deep dive with you.

Professional development programming and requests

Blackboard, Zoom and Kaltura help you make learning more effective in and beyond the traditional walls by breathing life into educational content. They are empowering instructors with tools to engage every learner. We are here to support beginning as well as advanced users of these tools. In addition to individualized support, we also maintain tutorials on our website on Blackboard, Kaltura and Zoom

Content development support

A valuable list of links and sites for all faculty.

Course Design Analysis

Per faculty individual request, we will examine your course materials in Blackboard or others that you provide, and complete an analysis based on evidence-based practices in teaching and learning. We do not make evaluative judgments on quality of instruction, nor do we share the results of the analysis with anyone else, unless you ask us to do so. We will simply provide you with a list of highlights that we think you should keep doing, and some suggested edits for improving your course design. You are under no obligation to make the suggested changes. Ask us for a Course Design Analysis at any time for any one or more of your courses. We are also happy to focus on only one particular aspect of your class. Take a look at the Course Design Review rubric we may use with you.