UMUC Cosponsors the Daylong OER Summit

When organizers from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), University System of Maryland William E. Kirwan Center For Academic Innovation, and MarylandOnline were planning the daylong “Advancing Postsecondary Student Success Through OER” summit, they anticipated that the event would draw, at most, a couple hundred educators. But they soon found themselves capping attendance for the Dec. 8 gathering at 500—the capacity of the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center where the event was held.Continue Reading

Summit to Explore the Promise and Challenges of Replacing Textbooks with Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

Dec. 8 Event Will Bring Together Higher Education Leaders in Maryland to Discuss Digital Rights, Curating Material, Access and Quality Issues

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 28, 2017)—As advocacy and evangelization of Open Educational Resources (OER) turn to adoption and scaling up, a pivotal summit will be held on Dec. 8 to provide educational leaders throughout the state of Maryland an opportunity to discuss lessons learned and how OER is addressing the issues of quality, access and affordability in higher education.Continue Reading

Here, There, and Everywhere: UMUC’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Activities Covered a Lot of Ground

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) marked its annual observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October with an abundant slate of events and activities around and throughout the month to educate about the importance of cybersecurity, the workforce skills required to keep vital public and private data and systems secure, and to provide businesses and the public with tools and strategies to stay safe online.Continue Reading

Leadership Skills Are Key to A Successful Cybersecurity Career

Cybersecurity is not your father’s STEM field and liberal arts majors with more than a passing interest in the industry may benefit from taking a closer look at the career possibilities it offers. For his part, Professor Mansur Hasib, program chair of University of Maryland University College (UMUC) graduate Cybersecurity Technology program, knows that the cybersecurity field itself would benefit from the infusion of interdisciplinary skills that liberal arts majors would bring to it.Continue Reading

Building on 70 Years of Academic Innovation

In 1949, the University of Maryland University College seized on a “big idea.” At the request of the U.S. Department of Defense, UMUC became the first institution to send faculty members overseas to teach college courses to active-duty servicemembers.

It was a bold and spirited maneuver for a fledgling university established just two years earlier in 1947 to serve a new breed of learner—adults outside the traditional campus setting who greatly differed from the students typically filling America’s college classrooms at the time. Continue Reading

Alliance Helps Software Engineering Students Land Jobs

Getting that first job in the field of software engineering is difficult. Employers want to see tangible results of projects the applicant has performed, preferably working with a program that must produce real-world results.

That’s why Michael Scott Brown, program chair for UMUC’s Software Engineering specialization, is pleased with the alliance he and adjunct professor Mir Mohammed Assadullah have built with Cytoscape, a leading biological modeling tool used in research.Continue Reading

MOOC Bolsters Launch of New Global Health Certificate

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) recently dipped its toes into the world of free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, with two goals: to carry its online-course expertise farther beyond the borders of Maryland than ever before and to test interest in a new graduate certificate program in global health.

On both fronts, the “Global Health: The Lessons of Ebola” MOOC earned a thumbs up. And for instructors involved in designing and teaching the course, the value-added was tremendous.Continue Reading