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Options for building remote and hybrid student community

By | July 31, 2020

Course activities need to offer chances for students to interact with each other. One of the keys to successful online and hybrid learning is to create learning communities and collaboration. Simply posting course materials and videos won’t create effective learning experiences alone. Effective online learning starts when students engage with the materials and gain knowledge, but can only… Read More »

Student developer builds commuters a safer, more accurate train app

By | July 31, 2020

CS undergrad Ryan O’Connor led front-end development on a major update to Long Island Rail Road’s TrainTime app, helping the country’s biggest commuter line offer socially distanced service. At a time when taking the train is more stressful than ever, CS undergrad Ryan O’Connor helped roll out a major app update to keep Long Island commuters safe and… Read More »

Sticking the landing on Mars: High-powered computing aims to reduce guesswork

By | July 30, 2020

As the Mars 2020 launch approaches, a separate effort is using simulations to understand landing dynamics for tomorrow’s missions. Future spacecrafts bound for the moon or beyond will benefit from high-powered computer simulations underway at the University of Michigan that model the particulate mayhem set in motion by rocket thruster-powered landings.  During descent, exhaust plumes fluidize surface soil… Read More »

Write clear online assignments

By | July 28, 2020

LSA Learning and Teaching Technology Consultants have shared advice for creating clear online assignments. They emphasize the importance of explaining an assignment’s context and defining its purpose, task, submission format, and success criteria. Read more on the full article.

“Hiding” network latency for fast memory in data centers

By | July 28, 2020

Sharing server memory between applications in large computer clusters is still a major goal for cloud and high-performance computing communities. Through fast networking technology, the memory available throughout the center’s server racks could be managed by schedulers as though it were a single resource, providing a major boost to speed and performance. A service developed by U-M researchers… Read More »

New Master of Engineering provides professional training for industry-track students

By | July 28, 2020

A new Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree program will be offered beginning fall 2020. The MEng program is specially designed for students who plan to enter industry after graduation and who have decided their specialty. The program is highly structured and emphasizes rigorous theory combined with practical training. Additional areas of focus are… Read More »

Precision Health expands campus-wide data resources offered on Analytics Platform

By | July 28, 2020

Precision Health at the University of Michigan has recently improved and expanded its offerings for campus researchers in genetics, pharmacogenomics, operations, AI, and a host of other precision health–related fields. With this enhanced Analytics Platform, Precision Health has defined a clear pathway for researchers across campus to access de-identified clinical data: a milestone in its goal of accelerating research and… Read More »

New collaboration promises greater innovation in medical device security

By | July 28, 2020

Two prominent medical device organizations have announced a new collaboration to advance medical device cybersecurity practices across the entire medical device lifecycle. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security will work together to connect their networks of medical device and health technology management (HTM) professionals across the country.… Read More »

Ultra-low power brain implants find meaningful signal in grey matter noise

By | July 28, 2020

Drastically reducing the power and computation needed to identify our intentions, researchers open up a future of advanced therapies and machines enabled by our thoughts. By tuning into a subset of brain waves, University of Michigan researchers have dramatically reduced the power requirements of neural interfaces while improving their accuracy—a discovery that could lead to long-lasting brain implants… Read More »

Creating communications plans for online classes

By | July 13, 2020

LSA Learning and Teaching Technology consultants have put together strategies to help educators create communication plans when teaching online. These strategies highlight the importance of regular, multifaceted, and meaningful communication with students, and suggest sharing communication plans with them. Read more at “Communication Plans for Online Classes.”

Brian Ellis awarded Sloan Foundation “net zero” grant

By | July 13, 2020

A research team led by Assistant Professor Brian Ellis has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Net-Zero and Negative Emissions Technologies Request for Proposals (RFP). Ellis’s team will research ways in which carbon dioxide can be utilized for geothermal energy production and renewable energy storage. The RFP received nearly eighty submissions, and Ellis’s team is… Read More »

Nexus at CoE prepares to launch new Cybersecurity professional certificate program

By | July 13, 2020

Nexus at Michigan Engineering is partnering with HackerU, the world’s premier cybersecurity and digital skills center of excellence, to launch a new online Cybersecurity Professional Bootcamp. The bootcamp will help transform lives by enabling working professionals to break into a cybersecurity career in less than one year. Students at Michigan Engineering, and members of the Ann Arbor community,… Read More »

MiXR Studios Podcast: Anti-Black racism and the promise of virtual reality

By | July 13, 2020

This week’s MiXR Studios podcast continues a conversation with Dr. Courtney Cogburn from Columbia University and discusses her groundbreaking work in virtual reality with 1000 Cut Journey and how it is as important as ever in the midst of the current Black Lives Matters movement. In the “1000 Cut Journey” virtual reality experience, the user becomes Mike Sterling,… Read More »

Making plastic more transparent while adding electrical conductivity

By | July 13, 2020

In an effort to improve large touchscreens, LED light panels and window-mounted infrared solar cells, a team of researchers at U-M has made plastic conductive while also making it more transparent. They provide a recipe to help other researchers find the best balance between conductivity and transparency by creating a three-layer anti-reflection surface. The conductive metal layer is… Read More »

Creating a Canvas course homepage

By | July 10, 2020

Your course homepage will be the first thing students see when they open your course on Canvas. Take advantage of this by making a course home page that introduces the course and directs students where to go and what to do, to begin the course. This is especially important when teaching remotely, as students who are normally in-person… Read More »

Police brutality in America: Teach-Out encourages learners to get informed, involved

By | July 9, 2020

As Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout the nation and deadly run-ins with police repeatedly make headlines, the University of Michigan explores the topic with a “Police Brutality in America Teach-Out.” Online now, the self-guided learning event on Coursera explores the history of policing in the United States and the legacy of mistrust between police and minority communities.… Read More »

Preparing your teaching team for teaching remotely

By | July 7, 2020

LSA Learning and Teaching Technology consultants have written a short article with tips on preparing teaching teams for remote teaching. The article offers advice for both senior instructors and graduate student instructors, covering tools like Canvas, Zoom, and Bluejeans. It includes linked resources and concrete steps and tips, as well as further reading.