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Alumni Association completes bidirectional DART-Salesforce integration

The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan (AAUM) is proud to announce the completion of the bidirectional data integration of alumni data between the Donor and Alumni Relationship Tool (DART) and Salesforce. Working with the Office of University Development and the ITS DART team, the AAUM Salesforce instance is able to consume and publish alumni data updates… Read More »

U-M developers attend first-ever US-RSE conference

A contingent from U-M took part in the first-ever US-RSE (United States Research Software Engineer Association) annual conference. It was held at the University of Illinois Chicago, October 16–18, 2023.  Abbey Roelofs and Michael Egan (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts), Srikanth Lavu (Marsal Family School of Education), and Andy Boughton (School of Public Health) attended the… Read More »

Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | October 27, 2023

I am happy to tell you about all of our new developments in generative artificial intelligence (GenAI), including a new instructor guide, new articles, and new instructional videos. Plus, in honor of Cybersecurity Month, we have updates on resources you can use to protect yourself online. As always, I look forward to learning from you about what is going on with our Michigan IT community.

Getting started with generative artificial intelligence: U-M Instructor Guide

The U-M Teaching and Technology Collaborative (TTC) is excited to share the official Getting Started with Generative Artificial Intelligence: U-M Instructor Guide with campus. The guide is differentiated, portable, and easy-to-use. It reflects the variety of new GenAI resources available, ranging from custom U-M AI tools, GenAI workshops, and a new U-M GenAI website.

Building the world’s first accessible AI chat interface

On August 21, 2023, the University of Michigan launched what we believe to be the first accessible web chat interface to send prompts to GPT-4 and other large language models — U-M GPT. This application is designed for accessibility according to international standards, optimized for usability with common assistive technology, and built without the barriers found in some… Read More »

Make the most out of your career in technology with the Michigan IT Mentor Program

By | September 12, 2023

The Michigan IT Mentor Program has fostered a vibrant community of technology enthusiasts at the University of Michigan for the past five years. With a steadfast commitment to connecting individuals passionate about technology, the program continues to expand its reach to various groups across the university. Offering year-round, diverse mentorship options, including short-term, long-term, and group mentoring, this… Read More »

U-M requiring password reset for all UMICH (Level-1) accounts

By | September 6, 2023

The University of Michigan has mandated that passwords for all UMICH (Level-1) accounts be changed by the end of Sept. 12. An email informing faculty, staff and students across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses, as well as Michigan Medicine, was sent from Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology, and Sol Bermann, chief information security officer.… Read More »

Cellular service enhancements at the Big House: A bridge to what’s next

Michigan Stadium has had a busy summer preparing for a new season of Michigan Football. From scoreboards to Buddy’s Pizza, there are new experiences awaiting fans, including improved cellular service. Two carriers worked with Information & Technology Services (ITS), Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC), Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), Facilities and Operations (F&O), and Michigan Athletics IT to… Read More »

Shumaker is new STAC chair, officer elections

On June 20, STAC-Core reviewed and approved the STAC Charter FY24.  After serving as chair for one year and vice chair for one year, Cassandra Callaghan, chief information officer, School of Dentistry, passed the chair leadership position to vice chair Carrie Shumaker, Dearborn chief information officer. Cathy Curley, chief information officer, College of Literature, Science and the Arts,… Read More »

Free HighEdWeb membership for faculty, staff, and students

Student Life and CAEN (College of Engineering IT) are co-sponsoring an institutional membership in the HighEdWeb Association for the next year. As the name suggests, the HighEdWeb mission is “to educate digital professionals who work at higher education institutions.” It is an international organization that includes many of our peer institutions, including those in the Big Ten. Some… Read More »

Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | June 13, 2023

I know many in the university community have been keeping a close eye on the implications of generative AI on higher education, particularly because the new students we will be welcoming to campus this fall will be one of our first classes ever that is intimately familiar with using AI to assist with aspects of their course work.

Online Safety for the LGBTQ Community

Though there has been much progress towards LGBTQ equality, this community has inherent risks online that other communities do not face. As experts in Cybersecurity, and strong LGBTQ allies, ITS Information Assurance wants to ensure those at risk of online harassment and crime have the information they need to protect themselves.