Dana Fair, ITS Communications

Dana Fair, ITS Communications

Contact Dana at danafair@umich.edu.

U-M launches COVID-19 screening tool

By | September 2, 2020

The University of Michigan recently launched the accessible, mobile-friendly website ResponsiBLUE (responsiblue.umich.edu) to help keep university community members healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19. A downloadable mobile app for both Android and Apple platforms is in development and will be available soon. All faculty, staff and students entering U-M buildings are required to use ResponsiBLUE to meet… Read More »

What to do if you’re in a meeting that gets Zoombombed

Most people by now are familiar with the steps necessary to make their own videoconferences secure. But what should you do if you happen to be participating in a videoconference that experiences some type of interruption, such as a Zoombomb.  Disruptions can include anything from the mundane – barking dog or crying children, unintentional screen sharing, or dissonant noises… Read More »

Grads receive four more months of Adobe Creative Cloud

Information and Technology Services recently informed Winter 2020 and Summer 2020 graduates that they are eligible for four more months of Adobe Creative Cloud at no cost.  “It’s not lost on anyone that the journey for our recent graduates from college to what’s next in their career is different from those who have gone before,” said Ravi Pendse,… Read More »

Zoom Automatic Live Transcription now available

A Zoom beta feature is now available, providing automatic live transcription for meetings and webinars.  “Now more than ever, creating opportunities for the entire academic community to participate in discussions, presentations and lectures about today’s issues is vitally important,” said Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer.  “We want to improve the ability for… Read More »

U-M enters agreement to become Adobe Creative campus

The university recently entered into an agreement with Adobe that provides all faculty, staff and students on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses and at Michigan Medicine with access to Adobe Creative Cloud apps. The agreement advances an ITS initiative that is based on a desire to build partnerships that would benefit the entire university community. Previously,… Read More »

Duo at U-M: Crossing the finish line

By | February 18, 2020

79,093 in Ann Arbor.  39,163 in Michigan Medicine.  10,184 in Dearborn.  8,315 in Flint.  That’s how many U-M students, staff, faculty, and sponsored affiliates – more than 133,700 in all – are now using Duo two-factor authentication to help protect the privacy of the institution’s digital information and assets as well as each individual’s personal information.  The most… Read More »

Faculty support requested during Duo for students implementation

U-M faculty, instructors, and academic administrators received an ITS Information Assurance email on October 31 informing them the first wave of emails had begun to students who were not using Duo and encouraging those students to turn it on early. Faculty and instructors were asked for their patience and understanding as students became familiar with the tool and… Read More »

Container service offers free training sessions

By | September 18, 2019

Information and Technology Services is offering free training sessions to university community members for its Container Service – a high availability, secure environment for hosting containerized applications and services. Session attendees will be given workspace within the Container Service’s non-production cluster to do research-stage work, and will learn: how to use a Python application to run in the… Read More »

Fall campaign encourages students to turn on Duo by 2020

By | September 3, 2019

Beginning this fall, all students on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses are being encouraged to turn on Duo two-factor authentication by January 29.  Faculty, staff, student employees, and sponsored affiliates across U-M voluntarily turned on two-factor authentication by this past January with the support of ITS and the overall Michigan IT community. Over 50% of the… Read More »

Container Service debuts at the U

The new ITS Container Service – a foundational technology for modernizing ITS teaching and learning, web hosting, and other services – has officially arrived. This offering provides the university with a high availability, secure environment for hosting containerized applications and services.  Containerization is a virtualization method offering several benefits over bare metal and virtual machines. As environments are… Read More »

It’s like traveling without moving: How to work remotely abroad and maintain your sanity

A short while ago I had an opportunity to work abroad for a brief period. After securing approval from my supervisor and making the necessary arrangements, I discovered that working remotely not only allowed me to keep up on various projects, but to make headway while enjoying time out of the country.  The experience of working while traveling… Read More »

Web Platforms Service hires new manager

Mark Montague has been named manager of Web Platforms and Information Systems for ITS Infrastructure Application Operations. Prior to this role, Montague ran his two-person IT consulting and contracting company from 1992–1995, and has a long history with the university that begins in 1992. Some may remember him from his previous work at ITS (1995-1998 and 2006-2010) or… Read More »

New tool lets users find online services easier

Information and Technology Services has launched a new tool called MaizeLink, which uses search and filter technology to make it easier to organize and find web-based campus services, websites, and information in one location. MaizeLink lets users build their own page linking to all the university tools they need as a member of the U-M community. For the… Read More »

Outcomes of March Web Platforms Town Hall

Over 60 university community members attended the Web Platforms Service Town Hall on March 7 at Palmer Commons. The presentation reflected feedback received during meetings and interactions held over the past year and a half. Town hall participants shared further ideas verbally and using the Poll Everywhere app. The service project team is reviewing the latest feedback and… Read More »

Web Platforms service town hall March 7

A town hall and interactive session will be held to discuss the new Web Platforms service being developed by ITS for the university community. This event will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Great Lakes Central Room, Palmer Commons. Members of the university web developer community and those who have an interest in… Read More »

New web hosting platforms to meet campus needs

By | December 12, 2017

Information and Technology Services is redesigning and launching new web hosting platforms that are tailored to the unique and varying needs of the U-M community. “The main aspects of the hosting platforms will be reliable and robust cloud-first architecture, scalable and flexible environment, simple provisioning, and security improvements,” says Deborah Gowan, director of ITS application operations. “Individuals can… Read More »

What do you think about MaizeLink?

ITS is piloting new software for campus called MaizeLink. Powered by OneCampus, the software uses search and filter technology to make it easier to organize preferred web-based campus services in one mobile-friendly location. For the last two years, ITS engaged campus user groups via interviews, surveys, and prototype reviews to search for software to do what this one… Read More »