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New Canvas App Explorer tool helps faculty get the most from Canvas

By | September 6, 2022

In the several years since Canvas became the university’s primary learning platform, the ITS Teaching & Learning team has leveraged Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), a standard that allows courseware and learning tools from different vendors to be launched within a learning platform, like Canvas. LTIs make available to Canvas users a significant number of external tools that can be… Read More »

ITS Service Center extended hours

By | August 25, 2022

Information and Technology Services (ITS) is offering extended support hours for the fall crunch, now through September 11. If you regularly share support information with your team or your community, ITS encourages you to share this information. The ITS Service Center is ready to serve students, faculty, and staff. Sunday Phone support: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday… Read More »

Vax Viewer to track COVID-19 vaccination compliance records

By | July 26, 2022

The University of Michigan has launched Vax Viewer, a user-friendly tool that allows campus community members to submit and view the status of their COVID-19 vaccination information all in one place. Vax Viewer shows community members the information they have submitted, the status of those submissions, and links for uploading vaccination information, as well as how to request… Read More »

U-M moves exclusively to slacks

By | April 1, 2022

The Michigan IT Steerage Committee is happy to announce that the university has signed an enterprise licensing agreement to use slacks. Effective April 1, 2023, only khaki slacks will be allowed for all faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine campuses. Dresses, jeans, kilts, shorts, skirts, and swimsuits will no longer be considered… Read More »

HITS embraces, innovates with remote work

By | November 22, 2021

Employees of Health Information Technology & Services in Michigan Medicine embraced remote work long before the COVID-19 pandemic, with some working from South Carolina, Florida, and even overseas. The lessons learned from those experiences were the topic of the latest installment of Empowering Blue, a community of practice that connects U-M staff and faculty members interested in workplace… Read More »

$1M for open-source first-responder robots

By | September 24, 2021

An open-source perception and movement system, to be developed with NSF funding, could enable robots that partner with humans in fires and disaster areas. Tomorrow’s wildfire fighters and other first responders may tag-team with robotic assistants that can hike through wilderness areas and disaster zones, thanks to a University of Michigan research project funded by a new $1… Read More »

U-M receives Esri’s 2021 award for Geographic Information System

By | August 11, 2021

At this past July’s annual Esri User Conference, the University of Michigan was recognized with the prestigious President’s Award for being a model for the higher education community in how to become a true geospatial university. Receiving the award on behalf of the university, in front of a virtual audience of over 60,000, Peter Knoop, a senior programmer/analyst… Read More »

Virtual summer programming at the Michigan Engineering Zone

By | August 2, 2021

The Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) is a place for middle and high school students of Southeast Michigan to learn, grow, and lead. As part of the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the MEZ strives to provide world-class STEM resources, instruction, and counseling to students. The community is thriving through two online summer programs: the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab… Read More »

Bike safety research is going ‘high-res’ with new technology

By | July 27, 2021

A UM-Dearborn professor has developed a bike-mounted lidar system that could help researchers and engineers design new strategies for safer streets. Normally when one of our stories mentions lidar — the laser-powered locating technology that’s similar to radar or sonar —  we’re talking about autonomous vehicle navigation. But UM-Dearborn Assistant Professor Fred Feng, who studies non-motorized mobility safety issues,… Read More »

World’s smallest computer helps solve snail extinction mystery

By | June 15, 2021

More than 50 species of tree snail in the South Pacific Society Islands were wiped out following the introduction of an alien predatory snail in the 1970s, but the white-shelled Partula hyalina survived. Now, thanks to a collaboration between University of Michigan biologists and engineers with the world’s smallest computer, scientists understand why: P. hyalina can tolerate more… Read More »

A smart speaker that doesn’t eavesdrop

By | June 9, 2021

Microphones are perhaps the most common electronic sensor in the world, with an estimated 320 million listening for our commands in the world’s smart speakers. The trouble, of course, is that they’re capable of hearing everything else, too. A team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a system that can inform a smart home—or listen for the… Read More »

Histotripsy technology used in a clinical trial to treat liver tumors

By | June 4, 2021

The University of Michigan is one of eight sites around the country that will enroll patients in a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a technology that uses ultrasound to treat liver tumors. The #HOPE4LIVER trial will employ the noninvasive technique to mechanically destroy primary and metastatic liver tumors. The technology, called histotripsy, was developed by U-M researchers… Read More »

Using virtual reality to create a language learning community

By | May 25, 2021

UM-Dearborn students taking Arabic language courses will practice speaking through digital interactions with college students in Algeria and Morocco in an environment stimulated to look like Middle Eastern marketplaces, kitchens, and other gathering spaces. Starting this fall, UM-Dearborn will partner with Florida International University (FIU) to offer Tabadul, a digital learning platform that gives students an opportunity to… Read More »

Library system overhaul happening in June

By | May 25, 2021

An upcoming overhaul of the platform that allows you to find, request, and borrow materials will be bringing some changes to library services and interfaces. The current technology, which is more than thirty years old, is out-of-sync with modern computing standards, and doesn’t meet the needs of a large collection that includes an expanding variety of materials and… Read More »

New MOOC specialization offers glimpse into data-driven sports world

By | May 25, 2021

From player recruitment and athlete training to fan marketing and amateur gambling, managers of the most successful franchises and those who follow their teams have increasingly come to rely on data to make decisions about our favorite sports. An interdisciplinary group of University of Michigan faculty from the School of Kinesiology and the School of Information have come… Read More »