Tag Archives: LSA

Custom software development advances LSA research

The LSA Technology Services Research Software Programming team has developed numerous custom desktop, web, and mobile applications for researchers in LSA. Programs developed by this group have helped with projects as varied as building robots, tracking monkey behavior, training mice to recognize patterns, and analyzing circadian rhythms.

Profiles in IT Interview: Amy Peters—Connection-focused communicator

Amy Peters, director of Research Computing and Infrastructure at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, is passionate about the supportive and connection-driven cultures shared by the four different teams she works with. Outside of work, she is an avid reader with a love of writing, having earned her Masters of Business Administration and Bachelors in English, both from the University of Iowa.

Four Michigan IT CIOs were finalists for the 2021 ORBIE® Awards

Since 1998, the CIO ORBIE Awards have recognized technology executives for leadership, innovation and excellence in this rapidly growing, CIO-led national professional association. The Michigan CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. CIOs are typically recognized in multiple categories, based on the size and scope of their organization… Read More »

U-M receives Esri’s 2021 award for Geographic Information System

By | August 11, 2021

At this past July’s annual Esri User Conference, the University of Michigan was recognized with the prestigious President’s Award for being a model for the higher education community in how to become a true geospatial university. Receiving the award on behalf of the university, in front of a virtual audience of over 60,000, Peter Knoop, a senior programmer/analyst… Read More »

Simplified placement exams save time by going digital

An innovation born out of necessity during the pandemic has led Information and Technology Services, the LSA Language Resource Center and the Registrar’s Office to address an ongoing challenge with language placement exams: time. The teams partnered to move four placement exams — German, Chinese, Italian and Latin — to an online format in Canvas. This sped up… Read More »

UMTurk interface simplifies tasks, wins teaching innovation award

UMTurk, a new way to collect data online and in real time using Amazon Mechanical Turk, was developed in a partnership with faculty from the Department of Psychology and staff from LSA Technology Services.  UMTurk is a simple interface that allows instructors to set up new tasks in a matter of seconds. Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) is used… Read More »

ARC, LSA support groundbreaking global energy tracking

How can technology services like high-performance computing and storage help a political scientist contribute to more equal access to electricity around the world?  Brian Min, associate professor of political science and research associate professor with the Center for Political Studies, and lead researcher Zachary O’Keeffe have been using nightly satellite imagery to generate new indicators of electricity access… Read More »

Collaborative learning projects connect staff, build skills during remote work

In February of 2020, just before Campus shifted to remote work, an interdisciplinary group formed to learn about creating web mapping applications using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. The idea: work on a project that meets the needs of a researcher, but also provides an opportunity to share and grow knowledge across teams, in turn allowing us to… Read More »

Amy Peters named director of research computing and infrastructure, LSA Technology Services

LSA Technology Services is pleased to announce that Amy Peters has been named our new director of research computing and infrastructure services, and joins the LSA Technology Services leadership team effective Monday, December 7. Peters was selected for the position from a competitive and diverse candidate pool after a comprehensive search that began in February 2020, but was… Read More »

LSA Technology Services enables hybrid teaching for fall 2020 and beyond

Since late June, when the university announced its decision to have students on campus and enable a combination of in-person, hybrid, and remote classes, LSA Technology Services quickly took action to enable an unprecedented delivery of the LSA liberal arts mission. In two short months, we’ve invested, improved, and implemented technology and services to not only meet the… Read More »

LSA Technology Services chooses TeamDynamix to enhance customer experience

By | August 26, 2020

In summer 2019, LSA Technology Services began investigating work management platforms (ticketing systems) as a way to enhance the customer experience. The LSA Technology Services team placed a high priority on increasing collaboration both internally and externally as they evaluated tools, vendors, and software solutions. The team sought out departmental partners across the college and worked with Information… Read More »

Organize your course in a consistent pattern

By | August 12, 2020

LSA Learning and Teaching Technology Consultants have shared tips for structuring course material in a way that feels grounding and reliable to students while teaching online.  Consultants write that organizing materials and activities in Canvas can help both online and hybrid classes go more smoothly for both students and instructors. It’s important that students know where to find… Read More »

Options for building remote and hybrid student community

By | July 31, 2020

Course activities need to offer chances for students to interact with each other. One of the keys to successful online and hybrid learning is to create learning communities and collaboration. Simply posting course materials and videos won’t create effective learning experiences alone. Effective online learning starts when students engage with the materials and gain knowledge, but can only… Read More »

Write clear online assignments

By | July 28, 2020

LSA Learning and Teaching Technology Consultants have shared advice for creating clear online assignments. They emphasize the importance of explaining an assignment’s context and defining its purpose, task, submission format, and success criteria. Read more on the full article.

Why accessible material helps everyone

By | June 22, 2020

Accessible materials are a good basic practice precisely because they are often easier for all students to understand and process. Creating accessible materials helps all learners in your course and provides them with equal access to course materials and learning opportunities. Digital accessibility like consistent semantic markup and clean links makes it easier for everyone to navigate and… Read More »