Oct. 14: Registration opens for Michigan IT Symposium

The 2019 Michigan IT Symposium will take place November 25 & 26, 2019 in the Michigan League. This year’s theme is “Sparking Connections & Igniting Ideas Across U-M” and will feature more breakout session opportunities. Our goal for the 2019 event is to have the U-M IT community come together to highlight innovations, engage each other, and share… Read More »

MiVideo adds quizzing tool to increase video viewing effectiveness

ITS Teaching and Learning is excited to announce that Interactive Video Quizzing (IVQ) has been added to the MiVideo suite of tools. Now available in Canvas, Blackboard, and Mediaspace sites like www.mivideo.it.umich.edu, IVQ turns video viewing from a passive activity into an active learning experience, engaging viewers with multiple choice, true/false, and other question types. IVQs can be… Read More »

Ross School of Business announces new fintech initiative

By | September 18, 2019

A new Fintech Initiative at the Ross School of Business aims to develop students’ knowledge in financial technology. In an email sent to Business students, Business Dean Scott DeRue wrote that the initiative will support the development of educational offerings at the school. “Students will learn how the domains of finance and technology are coming together and dramatically… Read More »

Container service offers free training sessions

By | September 18, 2019

Information and Technology Services is offering free training sessions to university community members for its Container Service – a high availability, secure environment for hosting containerized applications and services. Session attendees will be given workspace within the Container Service’s non-production cluster to do research-stage work, and will learn: how to use a Python application to run in the… Read More »

Provost announces XR initiative to spur collaboration, innovation

By | September 17, 2019

U-M will advance its work in extended reality, or XR, through a major campuswide initiative announced Sept. 16 by Provost Martin Philbert. The three-year funded commitment led by the Center for Academic Innovation will leverage emerging XR technologies to strengthen the quality of a Michigan education, cultivate an interdisciplinary scholarly community of practice, and enhance a nationwide network… Read More »

U-M experts wary of digital monitoring of mental health to help stop gun violence

By | September 16, 2019

A lack of evidence that mental illness is to blame for the U.S.’s spate of mass shootings has not deterred the Trump administration from considering proposed solutions to gun violence based on that belief. A recent one, called SAFEHOME, would use “real-time data analytics” and information gleaned from personal digital devices to identify individuals who might become violent. … Read More »

Introducing the new AIM Event Series

By | September 16, 2019

The Center for Academic Innovation recently announced the launch of the Academic Innovation at Michigan (AIM) Event Series. The series will include the following subgroups or themes for the fall 2019 semester: AIM for DEI will explore issues at the intersections of teaching and learning; technology; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. AIM Research (formerly AIM Analytics) is a seminar series for… Read More »

Tool promotes internal funding opportunities for research, scholarship

By | September 13, 2019

A new tool curated by the Office of the Vice President for Research promotes internal funding opportunities from across campus so faculty can generate support to advance research and scholarship. Research Commons, which launched this month, provides a unique shopping experience for researchers to identify internal funding opportunities in one space without having to navigate multiple websites. “We… Read More »

Verizon brings 5G to Mcity auto test facility

By | September 13, 2019

On Sept. 10, Verizon announced that its 5G Ultra Wideband network is now live at U-M’s Mcity test facility, where they’re using various 5G solutions designed to improve pedestrian and auto safety. That includes 5G-connected cameras installed at intersections inside the Mcity test track to help identify traffic and pedestrian patterns to prevent collisions. Signal controllers were installed at… Read More »

SI’s Ericson talks women in computer science with BBC

By | September 12, 2019

In the movie “Hidden Figures,” the computing power of a group of women drove successes in the early space program. In fact, the early history of computer science is filled with stories of the accomplishments of women. So why aren’t more women interested in computing careers? UMSI assistant professor Barbara Ericson has some thoughts. Much of her research has centered on… Read More »

Technology Tools for Teaching Oct. 15: Interactive demos & strolling appetizers

Visit more than 25 interactive demonstrations of educational technologies, services, and initiatives in a casual strolling appetizer format. The event is from 1–3 p.m. on October 15 in 1060 Biological Sciences Building (BSB). BSB 1060 is our largest team-based classroom with 23 team tables and large screens, providing the perfect venue for demonstrating popular technology tools. Participants can… Read More »

Introducing AIM Communities

By | September 11, 2019

The Center for Academic Innovation collaborates with faculty and staff from across the university to build and support a culture of innovation. One of the ways it does this is through the development and support of Academic Innovation at Michigan (AIM) Communities. This fall, AIM will reboot the “Simulations Community of Practice” to focus more deeply on role-playing… Read More »

School of Nursing launches 3 online master’s programs

By | September 11, 2019

The U-M School of Nursing is now offering three of its Master of Science in Nursing degree programs online. Courses will begin in fall 2020 for Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Leadership, Analytics and Innovation. These specialty programs were identified for development in a digital framework because they cross the spectrum of nursing education. The new… Read More »

RideAlongs offer insights into ITS’s laser focus on service excellence

The Service Center (SC) RideAlong program started May 2018 and has since hosted almost 40 ITS staff members. Each four-hour ride along shift pairs a SC staff member with an ITS staffer who works outside of the center. The program builds awareness and appreciation among ITS staff members for the quality of the Service Center’s work. These experiences… Read More »

New Tableau training resources available

Information Quest has received many requests to hold training for Tableau consumers. There is also regular feedback that Tableau designers on campus often have to help their users understand how to interact and use the dashboards they create. We heard your requests. We recently published a series of videos along with corresponding documentation detailing how to use Tableau… Read More »

Evolving and rebranding ART 2.0 to Atlas

By | September 10, 2019

With 19 schools and colleges as well as 277 degree programs, U-M provides a diverse range of academic opportunities. Navigating through this expansive academic world can be challenging, but the navigation is simplified with the Academic Reporting Tools platform (ART 2.0) — now called Atlas. David Nesbitt, software portfolio manager at the Center for Academic Innovation, said renaming the… Read More »

New optional process for designating extended ethnicity in Wolverine Access

Students, faculty, and staff can now designate their extended ethnicity in Wolverine Access using the new “Extended Ethnicity” tab within the Campus Personal Information section. This information will not be published or displayed publicly, but may be used for statistical reporting, approved research, and for Student Life; Human Resource; or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programming. Some current students… Read More »

Profiles in IT: Emily Ravenwood—Teaching tools expert

Emily Ravenwood has come back to her literal and intellectual hometown of Ann Arbor. She recently granted an interview to Teri Horton, senior instructional consultant, about her work with LSA Technology Services as the manager of the Learning and Teaching Consultants team. Michigan IT News also caught up with Ravenwood to learn even more about learning tech tools. … Read More »