Center for Information Technology Services

University of Maryland Baltimore
eLearning Steering Committee Meeting Notes
July 6, 2006
Prepared by: Chris Klimas

Attendees: Dave Pitts (SSW), Brook Botvin (CITS), Shannon Tucker (SOP), Chris Klimas (SOP), Sarita Sanjoy (Dental), Lowell Wilson (CITS), Lila Faulkner (Law), Fran Dominguez (CITS), Matt Rietschel (Nursing)

CITS Update

QuestionMark fixes are continuing, and metadata is being set up on the production server. The Blackboard 7.1 upgrade is set for August 2-7, and Lowell is working with the domain admin setup that will enable individual schools to customize their users' Blackboard experience. (Along these lines, Shannon is working on development with ways to customize the login screen as well.)

The School of Nursing is joining the School of Medicine's laptop purchase program, but is not making laptops mandatory for students. Matt noted that there are issues with manufacturer warrantes in certain states, namely Florida. One possible workaround for this problem is to arrange payment through the school itself, which would then bill the student.

Blackboard/Banner Integration

Course IDs in Blackboard will be changing to accomodate the Blackboard/Banner bridge in development. The exact format will be: yearsemester.crn/crosslist So an example might be: 200609.12345.pharm.phar500.01, or 200702.aa.pharm.phar600.02.

As before, it is important that courses that have a Blackboard component be marked BORD or PBORD in Banner. Otherwise they will be ignored. Also, LDAP integration is being investigated to manage student access to Blackboard.


Only people who have EmplIDs have access to library journals now. If a volunteer or other person associated with the school should access to these journals, an affiliates form should be completed that is available through HS/HSL. Once someone has been added as an affiliate, they receive a special card -- not a UMB1One card -- with the necessary credentials to give them access.

Next meeting: August 10, 2006