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Information for New Faculty

Welcome to UMBC and the Division of Information Technology (DoIT)\!  DoIT provides computing and information technology services in support of all University activities for students and staff.

Recommended Technology for Faculty



  • Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 3.0 GB RAM 
  • 160 GB Hard drive 
  • 256 MB Video Card 
  • DVD +/- RW
  • Internal NIC (network card) 
  • 802.11g wireless card (internal) 

Minimum Specs
  • Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 2.0 GB RAM 
  • 160 GB harddrive 
  • 128 MB Video Card 
  • DVD +/- RW 
  • Internal NIC (network card) if on-campus
Suggested Specs
  • Core 2 Duo
  • 3.0 GB RAM 
  • 250 GB Hard drive 
  • 256 MB Video Card 
  • DVD +/- RW
  • Internal NIC (network card) if living on-campus



  • 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
  • Apple Care Protection Plan
  • 4.0 GB RAM 
  • 250 GB Hard Drive 

Minimum Specs
  • Dual Core Intel Processor
  • 4.0 GB RAM
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD +/- RW
  • Internal NIC (network card) if living on-campus
Suggested Specs
  • 3.06 GHz Duo Intel Processor
  • 21.5" Display
  • Apple Care Protection Plan
  • 4.0 GB RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Drive

Create a myUMBC Account

You will need:
* A computer with Internet connection
* Recent UMBC Photo ID OR your CampusID

To register for a myUMBC account just follow these steps:

1. Go to http://accounts.umbc.edu
2. Click the link labeled Create My Accounts on the 'My Accounts' section
3. Enter Campus ID and Birthdate. Click Login
4. Select a username from the list provided by the system
5. Read account agreement
6. Select 'I Agree'/'I Disagree'
7. Create a secure password
8. Set a security question
a. Enter an alternate (non-UMBC) e-mail
You can associate a preferred external email address with your myUMBC account. This will be used to send password reset tokens to in the event you can't access your UMBC email account.
b. Enter cellphone
c. Select 3 security questions
By pre-registering your security answers this will enable you to reset your myUMBC account remotely.

Your Password

* Must be kept secret
* Must Not Be Shared With Anyone
UMBC staff will not ask you for your login information. DO NOT provide this information to anyone.
There have been occasional Phishing attacks against UMBC account holders where people try to get your to send your username and password back to them fo some emergency reasons. Do NOT do this. UMBC will never officially ask for this information.

How do you change your password?

  1. Log into myUMBC http://my.umbc.edu
  2. Click Profile under the Personal menu
  3. Click the Change my Password link under Online Info section.

Hints for Creating A Secure Password

Passwords should be at least 8 characters long and must consist of characters from at least two of the following groups
  • Upper case letters A\- Z
  • Lower case letters a - z
  • Numerals 0 - 9
  • Punctuation characters + - = \! < > ? & \[ \] ^ / \! %

What If I Forget My Password?

  • Call the Help Desk at 410-455-3838
  • They will ask you for your campus ID and an alternate e-mail
  • They will send a password reset link to this alternate e-mail address

Your Campus ID

The basic role of your UMBC Campus ID (a.k.a.Campus Card or Red Card) is to establish an individual's identity as a member of the UMBC community. A full range of security measures are in place through the Campus Identity Management System to see that your identity is well protected. Your id is a unique, random, 2 alpha, 5 numeric identifier that is incorporated into the Campus Card database and appears on the face of the UMBC Campus Card. The magnetic strip identifier, which will not be displayed on the card, is also a random multi-digit number unrelated to the user's Social Security number.

Your campus ID card can be used for social, sporting and cultural events. On the academic side, it is used to validate identity in some testing/exam situations. It facilitates and supports basic activities such as cashing checks at the Campus Bookstore, visiting a friend in the dormitories and using University Health Services. It enables access to many campus events and use of many available services.

To verify if you already have the new ID, you should have the following information printed on the card (see sample images below):
  • Full Name
  • Campus ID - made up of two letters followed by five numbers; will take the place of SSNs as a unique identifier
  • UMBC Status/Affiliation - for example - faculty, staff, or student
  • LIMS No - used for Library loan services

What Is The Difference Between my CampusID and my Username?

Your CampusID is a unique ID that is assigned to you once you become a student at UMBC. CampusIDs are randomly assigned and can not be customized or changed. It is in the format of 'AB12345'. You will use this CampusID when doing business at various locations on campus (e.g. Registrar, Bursar etc.). It is designed to replace your SSN as a unique identifier.
Your CampusID can be found:
  • On your Red Campus Card
  • On myUMBC under the Personal Profile
Your UserName is the login name that you chose when you created your myUMBC account. This is the account name you will use to login to various services on campus such as myUMBC. It is also your primary e-mail address. e.g. UserName@umbc.edu

What is a LIMS Number?

This is your ID number that you use to access Library resources and online databases.

Computer Labs

DoIT maintains and operates over 20 computer labs at UMBC. Of these most are classroom labs
with instructor units connected to a data projector with screen. These labs can be scheduled in advance by professors and some student groups for a single event or as the regular meeting place for a class.

Schedule's for each DoIT computer classroom are posted on the outside of each lab and outside of the Help Desk ENGR 020, if nothing is listed for that particular day and time then the lab is
considered an "open lab" that anyone can use. Full time open labs can be found in ENGR 021, ACIV-219 (the IMC), and in the basement of the library.

The majority of our labs are currently running Windows XP and Linux in a dual-boot system but we also maintain Macintosh OSX (10) units as well. All the labs run the Microsoft Office Suite and web software as well as a wide range of department specific programs.

If you need additional software placed on our lab computers please drop it off, along with complete documentationand license information to the DoIT Help Desk located in the ENGR building room 020. Software in our labs must be fully licensed for as many computers as you need and is generally the responsibility of the person or department requesting the programs. Please allow at least three weeks for testing and implementation as not all programs are compatible with our software images.

As the people using our facilities, we would like to hear from you. Please send email to labs@umbc.edu with any suggestions, questions, or comments.

Instructional Technology

Audio Visual Services

410.455.2461 or avservices@umbc.edu
ENGR Bldg., Room 020
Contact: Steve Anderson, 410.455.3680 or sanderso@umbc.edu
Web: [http://www.umbc.edu/oit/classroomtechnology/]
  • Faculty training in use of media in classrooms.
  • Support of "clicker" software and receivers in Lecture Halls

Blackboard Online Course Management System

410.455.3885  tickets need to come in via RT
ENGR 101
Contact: Karin Readel, 410.455.3885 or readel@umbc.edu
Web: via myUMBC "Blackboard" tab or [http://blackboard.umbc.edu]
  • Password-protected web space for all classes or campus organizations.

Computer Lab Scheduling

Contact: Anna Sniadach, 410.455.3838 or labs@umbc.edu
Web: [http://www.umbc.edu/oit/labs]
* ENG 021 - 24 Hour Open Lab with Macs and PC/Linux
* ENG 104, 104A, 122, 122A, 333 - Classroom Labs with Dual Boot PC/Linux
* ENG 336 - Classroom Lab with Mac Computers
* Library 7th Floor - Open Lab with PC/Linux
* ACIV 219 - International Media Center with Macs and PCs

Hybrid Course Design

Contact: John Fritz, 410.455.6596 or fritz@umbc.edu
Web: [http://www.umbc.edu/oit/hybrid]
* Faculty can receive a one-time, $2,500 course development stipend to redesign an existing course for hybrid (part online, part face-to-face) delivery in summer or winter.

International Media Center

ACIV, B Wing Room 219
Contact: Joan Costello, 410.455.3685 or jcoste1@umbc.edu
Web: [http://www.umbc.edu/imc]
* Teaching computer lab with multi-language support

Wireless @UMBC

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New Media Studio

410.455.3215 or newmediastudio@umbc.edu
ENGR 101
Contact: Bill Shewbridge, 410.455.3215 or shewbrid@umbc.edu
Web: [http://www.umbc.edu/studio]

The New Media Studio helps the campus community apply emerging media technologies in teaching, learning and creative endeavors. We work closely with campus clients to produce custom media solutions for the Web, multimedia and video.

Digital Storytelling


Following a 2007 Telly Award for the Studio's Digital Storytelling project at the Charlestown Retirement Village, the Studio recently won a 2008 "Center of Excellence Award" by the New Media Consortium for "leadership in capturing and disseminating digital stories across the institution." The Studio offers workshops, informal meetings and an email listserve for faculty who want to incorporate visual media into their teaching or research.

Video Conferencing, Production & Duplication Services
Contact: Bill Shewbridge, 410.455.3815 or shewbrid@umbc.edu
  • Video conferencing spaces available with a variety of connectivity options.
  • Broadcasts may be sent to many rooms on campus, including large lecture halls.
  • Video duplication (charges apply and must comply with copyright regulations)
  • Lecture capture & streaming

Campus Web Development


Collier Jones, Campus Portal Architect
ENGR 125
410.455.3599 or bcjones@umbc.edu
  • User Interface Designer for myUMBC campus web portal.
  • Supports use of W3C Web Standards on all UMBC sites.
  • Maintains campus Web stats & search infrastructure.
  • Technical Lead for New Media Studio.
  • Maintains "Guide to Web Publishing @ UMBC" (www.umbc.edu/oit/webdev)
  • Coordinates UMBC site maintenance w/ Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Supports campus web developers in departments & organizations.

Personal Web Space

[http://userpages.umbc.edu/~]<insert your username here>

Students can author their own personal web pages - the University provides web space on its central UNIX machine as part of the myUMBC account. Store personal web pages on this account for public or private viewing.

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