University of Maryland, College Park

Finding a Partner in LiveText


Institutional Overview

The University of Maryland, College Park (often referred to as The University of Maryland, Maryland or UMD) is a public research university located in the city of College Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland, approximately 8 miles from Washington, D.C. Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. The University of Maryland, College Park is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), under the authority of the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, individual colleges, schools, and departments are accredited by a number of other groups.

College Park’s College of Education is a professional college committed to preparing accomplished beginning and advanced-level professionals who can advance the learning and development of students and who are ready to become leaders in their fields. The College seeks to foster the learning and development of PK-16 students through our educator preparation programs, leadership, research, advocacy, and partnerships.

The College programs prepare educators, counselors, psychologists, administrators, researchers, and educational specialists. Graduates work with individuals from infancy through adulthood in schools, community agencies, colleges and universities. Educational programs are accredited and approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the American Psychological Association. The college is ranked among the top schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


Key Challenges

Before implementing a web-based assessment solution, the College of Education used an internally developed system to manage its student learning assessment needs. Gathering data through this system proved cumbersome. Faculty spent an exorbitant amount of time inputting into the system, while the turnaround time to see changes in the system seemed almost unbearable.

In the mid 2000s, the College began researching other technology solutions that could ease the administrative burden of collecting assessment data. The College needed a system that was:

• Able to support all key assessments, including edTPA requirements
• Able to link to standards already loaded into that system in order to produce evidence for accreditation
• Able to generate a variety of assessment reports easily
• Easy to use for both students and faculty


Our Solution

In 2007, College Park chose LiveText and instituted its e-Portfolio and accreditation management system for its teacher preparation programs.

“We chose LiveText because it was a system that already knew our language. We could link to standards pre-loaded into the system. We could manage all of our key assessments, as well as support our edTPA needs, which as has helped us create much closer connections to our K-12 districts. In addition, LiveText’s broad network of client institutions and the sense of collaboration the company fosters among its clients was a true benefit for us – not to mention the reasonable cost and ease of use,” said Dr. Kathleen Angeletti, Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Teacher Education.

The personalized attention from our Implementation Coordinator during initial implementation and the ability to talk to anyone at any time at LiveText smoothed the transition to a new system. “Our Coordinator understood our needs and goals, and as a result, we felt like it was going to work,” noted Dr. Angeletti.

Without a web-based system like LiveText, personnel and faculty would be spending a lot more time collecting and inputting assessments manually, verifying data, and trying to produce reports.

“LiveText made our processes manageable. We have customized attention and a relationship with LiveText that feels much more like a partnership. Utilization of LiveText by faculty and students has streamlined our productivity, and the results have been positive. It’s because of these reasons we are with LiveText.”

There are approximately 800 users in the College of Education, which currently uses LiveText Assessment and Field Experience Management solutions.

 

“LiveText allows us to act and respond quickly so that we can make changes to the curriculum where necessary. And it enables our faculty to do their actual work – that is, teaching and instruction. Because it is easy to use and eliminates the administrative burden on faculty, our faculty members can use their time to focus preparing quality teachers.”

Dr. Kathleen Angeletti
Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Teacher Education
University of Maryland, College Park