Tag Archives: analytics

MIND: Paving the way for a more data-informed campus

With COVID-19 changing the landscape of how higher-education and other areas of our society operate, gaining important insights from data is more important than ever. As U-M begins a historical public health-informed in-residence semester, the Michigan Insights on Demand (MIND) team at Information and Technology Services (ITS) continues to make strides in building and enhancing the ecosystem needed… Read More »

New programs in data science & analytics at UM-Flint offer innovative career pathways

By | March 6, 2020

UM-Flint is poised to help more students to succeed in big data with the introduction of three new programs in data science and analytics offered across three departments and at the undergraduate and graduate levels: B.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Data Science B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Data Analytics Graduate Certificate in Data Sciences… Read More »

Back in business: BI CoP relaunches

Many members of the Business Intelligence community have been talking about how we can share knowledge across campus, engage with our data stewards to understand methodologies used in capturing our data, share our struggles, and learn from one another. A small group has decided to reboot our Business Intelligence Community of Practice (BI CoP) and we had a… Read More »

Use My Learning Analytics to give students insights on their course data

My Learning Analytics, or MyLA, is available for U-M faculty and instructional staff to use in their Canvas courses for winter 2020. MyLA provides a set of visualizations that can be embedded in courses in the Canvas learning-management system to give students insights into how they budget their time, set goals, and monitor their performance.   MyLA was designed… Read More »

U-M takes top prize in cloud leadership award at Educause

At this year’s annual Educause conference in Chicago Oct. 14-17, the University of Michigan was honored with the E&I National Cloud Leadership Award for its lead role in the development and strategic guidance of the Unizin Data Platform (UDP). John Johnston, ITS program manager for analytics & data services, accepted the award on behalf of the university. Johnston… Read More »

Google Fusion Tables to shut down in December

By | September 30, 2019

Google launched Fusion Tables almost nine years ago as a research project in Google Labs, later evolving into an experimental product. For a long time, it was one of the few free tools for easily visualizing large datasets, especially on a map. Since then, Google has developed several alternatives, providing deeper experiences in more specialized domains. To continue… Read More »

Data mapping helps inform decision-making for Student Life

Sometimes timing is everything! This was the case when Student Life partnered with Information and Technology Services (ITS) on a data mapping proof-of-concept for its “Where is our Data?” initiative.  Back in April, a story in Michigan IT News updated the U-M community about the effort to better understand where our institutional data lives within ITS systems, how… Read More »

Jenna Wiens named new Precision Health co-director

By | July 4, 2019

Effective September 1, 2019, Jenna Wiens, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, will become a Precision Health co-director. She succeeds Eric Michielssen, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, who is stepping down to take sabbatical leave. Wiens is transitioning to co-director from a successful role as a co-lead for Precision Health’s Data Analytics & IT Workgroup,… Read More »

Register now for the Aug. 20 U-M Tableau Symposium

Reserve your spot for the second annual University Of Michigan Tableau Symposium, to be held August 20, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ross School of Business. Registration for the symposium will remain open until August 13 or the event capacity of 400 attendees is reached. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be provided. Because this symposium is sponsored by… Read More »

Precision Health announces analytics platform

By | June 20, 2019

With U-M Precision Health’s new Analytics Platform, researchers across campus now have access to genetic data, clinical data, and tools previously available only to Michigan Medicine faculty and other level-two password holders. This platform, developed by Precision Health’s Data Analytics & IT workgroup, provides campus-wide access to research tools such as DataDirect and services such as consultation with scientific facilitators. “This… Read More »

Unizin institutions join pilot of learning analytics tools developed by U-M

The University of Michigan, Indiana University, and the University of Iowa have announced an initiative to coordinate on a joint pilot of the My Learning Analytics (MyLA) tools that have been developed at U-M and leverage the new Unizin Data Platform. MyLA is a set of visualizations designed to promote metacognition, facilitate self-regulated learning, and provide students deeper… Read More »

U-M Tableau Symposium 2019: Save the date and call for proposals!

The second annual University Of Michigan Tableau Symposium will be held on August 20, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ross School of Business.  Strengthen your Tableau skills as experts from Tableau and across campus (including ITS, HITS, and Michigan Medicine) hold workshops and presentations on best practices, tips and tricks, and advanced features. Speak with product consultants from… Read More »

Student Explorer helps advisors target at-risk students

Advisors at U-M have a very important job: they serve as a one-stop resource for students as they navigate U-M and their academic experience. Their portfolios span from helping students stay on track to graduate, to connecting them to resources that allow them to explore new interests, and more. With large caseloads of students and days filled with… Read More »

U-M startup analyzes data from patient imaging files to help cure what ails them

By | April 17, 2019

A U-M startup has figured out how to mine and analyze Big Data from digital medical image files such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans that could make treatment choices incredibly precise for each patient. Based in Ann Arbor, Applied Morphomics Inc. uses technology developed at the U-M Medical School to extract thousands of digital biomarkers from a… Read More »

University researchers examine how data science can interpret music

By | April 8, 2019

Last week, students and professors conducted live research in Hill Auditorium during a musical performance and informational presentation before nearly 200 community members. James Kibbie, chair of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Organ Department, and Daniel Forger, professor of mathematics, received a grant from the Michigan Institute for Data Science to collaborate on the analysis of… Read More »

Colleges are banding together digitally to help students succeed. Here’s how.

By | April 5, 2019

James Hilton, dean of libraries and vice provost for academic innovation at U-M, was featured in a recent article in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” about the impact and growth of Unizin, a non-profit consortium of research universities dedicated to improving learner experiences with digital teaching and learning resources. Unizin offers members up-to-date shared learning platforms and digital… Read More »

Data for Public Good Symposium Feb. 19

By | February 13, 2019

From understanding the influence of congressional members’ Twitter accounts to discussing why the global crude oil price rose again after 2016, the second annual Data for Public Good Symposium will showcase the unique ways in which students, faculty, staff and community members have analyzed and assessed data to benefit others. The conference takes place 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb.… Read More »

Learning Analytics & Data Services publishes year-end report

The ITS Learning Analytics & Data Services team is happy to share its year-end report (PDF) with the Michigan IT Community. LAADS achieved several milestones in 2018: Delivered the initial phase of the Unizin Data Platform Piloted My Learning Analytics in collaboration with faculty from the School of Information and School of Education Data Concierge services fulfilled 15… Read More »

Taking on the limits of computing power

By | December 6, 2018

The emerging field of genomic analysis is on the cusp of revolutionizing the understanding of diseases and the methods for their treatment and prevention. However, current DNA analysis is restricted to using limited data due to the large time and cost for Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), restricting progress. As biochemical sequencing is getting faster and cheaper, the bottleneck… Read More »