Pragmatic innovation: CIO Dr. Andrew Rosenberg’s approach to new tech investment

Innovation in healthcare often requires a technology component and significant cultural change. As a result, it’s not always possible on a tight timeline. However, new initiatives focused on solving real and immediate problems in the healthcare space will gain priority and the necessary resources to get the job done. Andrew Rosenberg, MD, CIO of Michigan Medicine, has first-hand… Read More »

Introducing the 2020 Scholar Sprints!

By | January 17, 2020

Are you (or one of your colleagues) working on an instructional, research, or outreach project that would benefit from two intense days of collaboration with U-M Library specialists? Are you available to join us on May 7-8, 2020? If your answer is yes and yes, we invite you to apply to U-M Library’s 2020 Scholar Sprints. Scholar Sprints offer… Read More »

LSA Technology Services Liaison Pilot flying high

This past September, LSA Technology Services launched a Liaison Pilot with roughly 50 units and 20 liaisons. The pilot was designed in collaboration with college leadership to implement changes related to how LSA Technology Services engages with units and leverages technology to positively impact their goals and needs. The pilot will continue through the academic year. What do… Read More »

HITS adds customer service enhancements

Based on customer feedback, Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) recently introduced a number of service enhancements designed to make getting help faster and more convenient — including live chat support, improvements to its service portal, and a new way to schedule appointments at its three Help Me Now drop-in help locations. Live chat support: Customers can now… Read More »

SoE launches online Advanced Education Technology Certificate Program

By | January 14, 2020

In January, the School of Education launched a new online certificate for working teachers and administrators across the globe. The Advanced Education Technology Certificate Program (AETP) is a fully web-based program developed specifically for P–12 educators who are working in a school. It is designed to support individual teachers and administrators, or entire districts, interested in professional development… Read More »

iClicker Cloud now available for LSA faculty and students

Back in March, we reported about the iClicker Reef (AKA iClicker Cloud) pilot in LSA. Students in the pilot classes could access Reef through an app on their own mobile device instead of a dedicated iClicker remote to answer an instructor’s prompted questions. In addition to handling multiple choice questions, Reef allows students to write short responses and… Read More »

Profiles in IT: Nathan Magyar—UX designer extraordinaire

Michigan IT News recently talked with Nathan Magyar who works as a user experience designer at the Center for Academic Innovation (AI). Magyar takes the AI mission to heart: to design the future of learning through research, innovation, experimentation, and iteration. Tell us about your role. As a user experience (UX) designer for the Center for Academic Innovation,… Read More »

Voters fail mock election, exposing voting machine flaws

By | January 8, 2020

Many voters across the country will cast ballots this year on machines called ballot-marking devices (BMDs), which combine the convenience of touchscreen technology with an auditable paper trail. However, the system relies on voters to identify errors. That could be a problem according to a U-M report published in early January. According to the study, only 6.6% of… Read More »

HITS biospecimen management partners with Precision Health

By | January 7, 2020

Precision Health (PH) at U-M takes a multidisciplinary approach to prevention, implementation, and community health and is a key HITS collaborator. PH studies are tracked within LabVantage, a lab information management system that supports study protocols and designs, follows a chain of custody process for samples, and creates an audit trail. PH studies comprise 70,000 patients. Using data… Read More »

Enriching Scholarship 2020 announced, call for proposals

The Enriching Scholarship conference brings together U-M faculty, staff, and students to share best practices and explore new opportunities that enhance teaching, learning, and research. This year’s Enriching Scholarship conference is May 4–7, 2020, on the Ann Arbor campus. There will be more than 100 workshops and seminars presented by faculty, grad students, postdocs, instructional designers, and academic… Read More »

MiCME enables health providers to stay current

By | January 3, 2020

Beginning in 2016, and continuing with a major effort in 2018, the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Lifelong Learning (OCME&LL) worked with several groups within HITS to retire and replace the old system for tracking continuing medical education (CME). Known as eCat or Orange Card, the old system was replaced with a more streamlined, electronic service called… Read More »

Policies needed for online learners in 2020

By | December 19, 2019

Online learning plays a critical role for today’s students by offering greater flexibility to accommodate work schedules and, in many cases, creating more affordable pathways to credentials. However, concerns over quality and potential bad actors have inspired repeated attempts to regulate distance education in a manner that appropriately balances innovation with quality assurance and consumer protections. In a… Read More »

New MOOC in computational thinking now available

By | December 18, 2019

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering and the Center for Academic Innovation have partnered to launch a massive open online course (MOOC) titled “Problem Solving using Computational Thinking.” The course uses real-world examples to focus on the larger systematic thinking needed to conceptualize a problem with the intent of eventually using computational tools to solve it. The course… Read More »

Say ‘hello’ to Gamut

By | December 17, 2019

Gamut, a new suite of online learning tools from Academic Innovation are available for immediate use by any U-M faculty or instructional staff. Each tool is a standalone web application that uses a technology called the Learning Tools Interoperability protocol, which allows them to easily integrate into any course on Canvas, Coursera, edX, or FutureLearn.  So far, the… Read More »

CoE’s Rada Mihalcea named Fellow of the ACM

By | December 17, 2019

Rada Mihalcea, professor of computer science and engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). This title is the organization’s most prestigious member grade, recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology. Mihalcea is recognized for her outstanding research on natural language and multi-modal interaction… Read More »