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Register today for the 2022 Michigan IT Symposium

Register today and join colleagues from across U-M for the 2022 Michigan IT Symposium, November 16 and 17 in a hybrid format! The theme for this year’s Symposium is Helping Shape the Future of Learning, Research, and Care. Experience this energizing opportunity to learn new skills, connect with other technology professionals and advocates, and hear from campus leaders and innovators who are empowering the leaders and best through their work!

Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | October 31, 2022

Join me and hundreds of your colleagues on November 16–17 at this year’s Michigan IT Symposium. The amount of creativity and innovation that this event will showcase is truly amazing. There is so much to learn from all of the staff who make up this incredible Michigan IT community.

Winners of 2022 MichiganCIO of the Year ORBIE Awards announced

Ravi Pendse, Cathy Curley, and Carrie Shumaker received prestigious ORBIE awards for their IT leadership. Daniel Waltz and Josh Wilda were finalists in the healthcare category. MichiganCIO recognized chief information officers in six key categories – Super Global, Global, Large Enterprise, Enterprise, Corporate, & Healthcare. The awards were at The Henry on October 21.

Pendse to receive 2022 MichiganCIO leadership ORBIE award

Update 10/26/2022: Pendse, Curley, and Shumaker won ORBIE awards. The Michigan CIO Leadership Association (MichiganCIO) recently announced that Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, will receive the 2022 MichiganCIO Leadership ORBIE Award on Friday, October 21, 2022, at The Henry, 300 Town Center Drive, in Dearborn. “I am humbled to receive the ORBIE… Read More »

Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | October 11, 2022

Fall is officially in full swing, and everyone in the Michigan IT community is in full force supporting our hardworking students, faculty and staff. We have pulled together and kicked off another successful academic year. Your work day in and day out makes a difference to so many on campus as they work to better themselves and the word.

Congratulations Adobe Creative Campus Fellow:  Tony Luckett, LEO lecturer IV

Tony Luckett, LEO lecturer IV, Journalism and Media Production, director of Humanities and History Internship Program, UM-Dearborn, was awarded the 2022 Adobe Creative Campus Faculty Fellow Certificate.  Here’s what Luckett had to say about the Adobe Faculty Development Institute: “I found the Adobe Creative Campus training extremely helpful. I am now using the tools that I learned from… Read More »

Former Pres. Ilves talks cybersecurity, restarting banking system, and farming during Distinguished Lecture Series

Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has planted more than 19,000 trees on his family farm that dates back to the early 1700s. He’s also helped reboot the banking system after a Russian cyber attack on the country he was leading at the time.  “The first thing you must understand is – this was a DDOS attack, servers… Read More »

Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | September 7, 2022

The energy on the U-M campus in September is hard to miss. Welcoming students back on campus is a joy and a privilege, and something I am particularly grateful for following the shift online early in the pandemic. I encourage you to pause and reflect on the hard work that you and your colleagues put in to prepare our campuses for a successful fall semester. This is no small feat that we collectively accomplish each year.

You’re invited to the Leadership in Technology: Distinguished Lecture Series

Join Dr. Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at U-M, for a conversation with Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the president of Estonia from 2006-16. The conversation will cover the intersection of technology and government, cybersecurity, and more — President Ilves was in office when Estonia was a victim of a massive cyber-attack, believed to have originated in Russia, in 2007.

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 »

The history and future of the MCommunity Directory

Released over ten years ago, MCommunity recently went through a remarkable transformation! The MCommunity Directory replaced the legacy U-M Online Directory (UMOD) in the summer of 2011. A major driver for the replacement was that UMOD did not support authentication and managing access to U-M resources based on who is affiliated with the university and in what capacity.… Read More »

STAC FY22 progress report 

The Strategic Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) helps shape the strategic direction for technology services and projects across U-M by providing strategic advice to the VPIT-CIO and sharing information across the U-M IT community. Here are their achievements so far. ITS Executive Directors and STAC Core Positive direction for improving communications and partnership when rolling out new services, including service catalog. Adjustments to… Read More »

Schedule Displays now available through the Tech Shop

Schedule Displays are now available for order through the Tech Shop. Schedule Displays are small, interactive touch panels that allow users to see what meetings are coming up in a specific space. These Schedule Displays are compact and simple to install. Licensing is covered at no additional cost. All you need to do is purchase the display and… Read More »

Hacks with Friends 2022 Recap

Fourteen teams of creative and technology-minded staff members from across U-M collaborated in person and online at the eighth annual Hacks With Friends (HWF). The event, which took place on June 2 and 3, 2022, was the first in-person Michigan IT event to take place since HWF 2020, which was held just prior to the pandemic.