Category Archives: Professional Development

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Tech Tip: Upscayl

This month’s tip is an AI tool for upscaling low-quality images with surprisingly good accuracy and detail: Upscayl. It’s an excellent app for those looking to enhance the quality of their photos, especially those taken with older digital cameras. Multiple settings are available, like selecting the type of image, how much to upscale, file type, and advanced users… 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 »

This month in EDUCAUSE: Privacy, teaching post-pandemic, accessibility, and VR

My name is Irina (Irene) Knokh. I’m the EDUCAUSE ambassador for U-M and your advocate for EDUCAUSE. I provide articles of interest and upcoming trends in each newsletter. Key articles of interest: “Chief Privacy Officer: Positioning Privacy in Higher Ed” by Susan Bouregy, Jeff Gassaway, Blanche Stovall, and our own Svetla Sytch. Privacy has evolved from a primarily… Read More »

Tech Tip: Diffchecker

This month, I’m sharing a website that offers a simple and easy-to-use tool for comparing the differences between two pieces of text: Diffchecker. It can be used to compare two versions of a document, check for plagiarism or spelling mistakes, and much more. Diffchecker works by highlighting the differences between two pieces of text and allowing users to… Read More »

You’re invited! Join a Quantum Networking discussion with Joaquin Chung

You are invited to join Information and Technology Services (ITS) in welcoming Joaquin Chung to campus for a presentation on Quantum Networking, cutting-edge research, and one of the future technologies in campus network computing. His talk is entitled, “Design and Implementation of the Illinois Express Quantum Metropolitan Area Network.” The event will be held at 2 p.m. on… Read More »

This month in EDUCAUSE: Teaching, engagement, and student support practices

My name is Irina “Irene” Knokh. I’m the EDUCAUSE ambassador for U-M and your advocate for EDUCAUSE. I will provide articles of interest and upcoming trends in each newsletter.  This edition covers highlights in teaching, engagement, and student support practices. In the series of articles “Changed by Our Journey,” the instructors share what they have learned and tried… Read More »

Tech Tip: Reclaim control of your digital life

This month’s tip is a comprehensive guide to help individuals reclaim control of their digital lives in an age where technology and social media have become pervasive in our daily lives. Written by the Center for Humane Technology, Take Control educates users on the negative effects of persuasive technology and social media, and empowers people to take action… Read More »

This month in EDUCAUSE: Marketing and IT, AI for solving problems, designing virtual ed tech

My name is Irina “Irene” Knokh. I’m the EDUCAUSE ambassador for U-M and your advocate for EDUCAUSE. I will provide articles of interest and upcoming trends in each newsletter.  Collaboration is key: Why IT Needs to Pay More Attention to Marketing Technology Carrie Shumaker (Chief Information and Strategy Officer, UM-Dearborn), and Rebecca Joffrey (Cornell), write that it’s critical… Read More »

Michigan IT Governance & Communities of Practice activities for April/May 2023

We invite you to get involved, share your knowledge, and mark your calendars for these meetings! IT Governance meetings: The full calendar is on the IT Governance web page. April Meetings Recap: Upcoming May Meetings: IT Communities of Practice meetings: The full calendar is on the Community of Practice web page. April Meetings Recap: Upcoming May Meetings

Tech Tip: Easily extract images from PowerPoint

For this month’s Tech Tip, I’m sharing a tip that I’ve found very useful over the years. It’s a simple technique to extract all images (and other content, such as the fonts used in the presentation) from within PowerPoint files just by changing its extension. You can do this with files you’ve saved directly from the Microsoft PowerPoint… Read More »

Registration now open for U-M Enriching Scholarship 2023

By | April 14, 2023

Registration is now open for the 25th annual Enriching Scholarship conference, taking place May 1-2, 2023. Enriching Scholarship is an opportunity for instructors, and those who support instruction on all U-M campuses, to share ideas and connect with one another. The theme of this year’s conference is, “Taking the Lead – Dancing with Disruption in Higher Education.” Sessions will… Read More »

This month in EDUCAUSE: XR in the clinical setting, ChatGPT, resilience and personal agility, faculty and student mentoring

My name is Irene Knokh. I’m the EDUCAUSE ambassador for U-M and your advocate for EDUCAUSE. I will provide articles of interest and upcoming trends in each newsletter.  I took a brief hiatus in February and I’m back! Welcome to Spring 2023 (at least officially it’s Spring)! Extended Reality (XR) in the clinical setting Hail to the Victors… Read More »

Call for impactful internship projects

The Information and Technology Services (ITS) Summer Internship Program is looking for impactful projects for the 2023 cohort to invest in this summer!  As the program enters its ninth year, interns have made a difference in many areas of ITS and the Michigan IT Community through cohort projects. Some examples from previous years include: Interns will work on… Read More »