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John L Fritz

John L Fritz

Assoc. VP, Instructional Technology

Division of Information Technology

Engineering 101A


Ph D UMBC 2016

Post-bacc Certificate UMBC 2009

Post-bacc Certificate University of Baltimore 2002

MA University of Maryland 1989

BA Columbia Union College 1985


Fritz is DoIT’s senior academic technology officer responsible for UMBC's focused efforts in teaching, learning and technology, including learning analytics. He is also responsible for tier 1 (basic) user support including knowledge management and the New Media Studio. He leads the Instructional Technology & New Media group consisting of 16 FT professional and 20 PT student staff. More info: doit.umbc.edu/itnm.

Research Interests

As a learning analytics researcher and practitioner, Fritz focuses on nudging student responsibility for learning, and identifying course designs that help. He attempts to do so by leveraging student use of technologies as a plausible proxy for engagement that can also shine light on pedagogical innovation. By looking for positive outliers in quantitative data patterns, he helps identify effective practitioners for qualitative interviews that might yield and reverse engineer effective practices in teaching and learning. In this way he attempts to find, show and tell stories in data that can inspire change. Fritz also focuses on knowledge management and user self-service as an effective approach to IT service management. For more information, see analytics.umbc.edu/publications.

Teaching Interests

Courses Taught:
- COMM 100 "Intro to Oral Communications"
- ENGL/IS 387 "Web Content Development"
- ENGL 100 "English Composition"
- SCI100Y "Intro to An Honors University"