Tag Archives: apps

Big Data advances research, but it shouldn’t do so at the cost of privacy

By | March 5, 2020

It might seem pretty safe to add an app that promises to help take control of your health. But doctors who appreciate the research potential of incorporating big data into medical care are also warning about the need to manage the risk of exposing such health data while it’s still possible to do so. “Some health data shared… Read More »

U-M launches new Magic Bus app

By | February 6, 2020

On February 3, Logistics, Transportation & Parking (LTP) launched a new real-time bus information system. The new system will enable riders to see university bus locations in real-time and predicts precise arrival times for every campus route and stop. The old (DoubleMap) system will remain live until February 29, 2020. Riders will enjoy a number of new features,… Read More »

Say ‘hello’ to Gamut

By | December 17, 2019

Gamut, a new suite of online learning tools from Academic Innovation are available for immediate use by any U-M faculty or instructional staff. Each tool is a standalone web application that uses a technology called the Learning Tools Interoperability protocol, which allows them to easily integrate into any course on Canvas, Coursera, edX, or FutureLearn.  So far, the… Read More »

BackPac helps encourage volunteerism among those who can’t put down the phone

By | December 6, 2019

Packy, a furry, fun mascot is the symbol of the BackPac app created by U-M students to encourage others, particularly their peers, to spend some time volunteering in the community—especially during the holidays when the needs are great.  “The number of volunteers has significantly gone down in the last decade,” said Gaurav Dhir, co-founder of BackPac and a… Read More »

Great turnout for the Technology Tools for Teaching interactive demonstrations

By | November 11, 2019

On October 15, LSA Technology Services hosted the second Technology Tools for Teaching event, where presenters demonstrated a variety of learning technologies. Over 100 participants visited 23 team stations set up in the Biological Sciences Building. LSA Technology Services partnered with Academic Innovation, The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), Information and Technology Services (ITS) Teaching and… Read More »

User feedback key to Problem Roulette study app expansion

By | September 25, 2019

Problem Roulette, a digital study tool developed at the Center for Academic Innovation, offers students access to practice questions from previous exams in a points-free environment. Since its launch in 2016, more than 11,600 students have completed more than 2 million problem attempts using the tool. Problem Roulette is now available in 12 active courses across seven subject… 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 »

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 »

Protecting your privacy in the wake of FaceApp

By | September 2, 2019

In an interview with “Kiplinger” magazine, Florian Schaub, assistant professor in the U-M School of Information, discusses how to protect your data given recent concerns about FaceApp, a Russia-based photo manipulation app whose privacy policy made broad claims about how they might reuse images. According to Schaub, unbundling specific aspects of opt-in privacy policies would provide users more… Read More »

Advertising in apps: Decisions behind those targeted, sometimes invasive ads we see

By | August 15, 2019

New research from the School of Information shows those who create the apps we use are not making decisions about which ads are attached to their apps, but they are picking which ad networks are used. And those often-arbitrary choices may be making us vulnerable to questionable ads and data privacy concerns. “Despite this reliance on ads, we… Read More »

Designing social technology for rural areas

By | August 12, 2019

When we think about the technological divide between urban and rural communities, our minds likely go to infrastructure—a lack of a physical grid, wiring, or towers to connect those in remote communities. While this is a large part of the issue, School of Information doctoral student Jean Hardy says a bigger concern is the lack of innovation in the way… Read More »

Tech Tip: CloudConvert for easy file conversion

CloudConvert is an easy-to-use online file conversion tool that has saved me time, frustration, and has eliminated the need to install more software on my computer. Sometimes you have a file that needs to be converted to another format. Perhaps it is an .mp3 audio file that you need in .wav format for video editing. Or maybe it… Read More »

Caution: Only use Google apps with U-M Google

The Collaboration Services team has discovered that using third-party apps to connect to a U-M Google account can lead to unexpected results. Google-created apps and applications Apps and applications created by Google provide the most seamless experience when using Google services, particularly with mobile devices. Google-created apps and applications are also supported by Google, whereas third-party apps are… Read More »

Tech Tip: Print Friendly & PDF

This month’s tip is a simple, online tool that can be quite helpful if you would like to print a web page or download it as a PDF. Many websites include advertisements, menus, comments, and other items that may not be useful or relevant to your needs. Rather than printing/downloading the page in its entirety, this tool automatically… Read More »