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Using GenAI to design floor plans and buildings

There is a lot to consider when designing places where humans live and work. How will the space be used? Who’s using the space? What are budget considerations? It is painstaking and time consuming to develop all of those details into something usable.  What if Generative AI (GenAI) could help? We already know that it can be used… Read More »

Black History Month 2024: An artist and writer examine surveillance

Black History Month pays “tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.” The Black History Month 2024 theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” explores the key influence African Americans have had in the fields of “visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and… Read More »

Duo releases a new look to all customers — coming to U-M Feb. 20

On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, the University of Michigan will start using an updated Duo Universal Prompt screen for two-factor authentication. All Duo customers across the world, including U-M, are required to transition to the Universal Prompt, and Duo is ending support for the traditional version. 

Michigan IT inaugural Tech Showcase & Social a success

“Community is built through connections, friendships, and memories forged through experiences.” The 2023 Michigan IT Tech Showcase and Social event was a new and exciting gathering for the Michigan IT community. This in-person, networking event welcomed more than 270 technology professionals to the Michigan Union on November 30. Designed to cultivate a sense of curiosity, cooperation, and unity… Read More »

Student Success Viewer introduced as new iteration of groundbreaking Student Explorer Tool

The University of Michigan is launching its new Student Success Viewer, an early warning system that helps academic advisors identify at-risk students using Learning Management System (LMS) data from the Unizin Data Platform (UDP). It utilizes that data to present actionable intelligence to advisors about students’ current term grades, activity, and assignments. This is not the first system… Read More »

Wizard: The tech behind a costume treasure trove

By | December 13, 2023

Costumes are powerful–they transport and immerse us into different eras. Behind the scenes at the School of Music, Theater and Dance (SMTD), Theresa Hartman works magic while managing University Productions’ (UProd) colossal wardrobe of more than 34,000 items. As costume stock manager since 2017, Theresa wields a secret weapon–and isn’t a magic wand. It’s a sophisticated database known… Read More »

On-demand Canvas External Tools site launches just in time for Winter term prep

ITS Teaching & Learning has launched a self-paced Canvas External Tools training site! The site raises awareness for the variety of external tools available to enhance U-M Canvas courses. Substituting live Zoom training, the Canvas External Tools Site offers access to workshop recordings/slides and help guides anytime, anywhere. Canvas External Tools Site features include: Instructors and staff are… Read More »

Technology supports researchers’ quest to understand parental discipline behaviors

How do different types of parental discipline behaviors affect children’s development in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)? A group of researchers set out to understand that question. They used a large data set from UNICEF of several hundred thousand families. The data came from the fourth (2009–2013) and fifth (2012–2017) rounds of the UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys. … Read More »

Free GenAI prompt literacy course, resources

Nick Gaspar was a member of the Generative AI Advisory (GAIA) Committee that wrote the GenAI report for the university. “During that time I saw a widening gap of knowledge across the university when it came to writing prompts for AI, so I built a free prompt literacy course for the campus community.” AI prompts are text or… Read More »