Tag Archives: LSA

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 »

LSA Technology Services Jaron Fox wins HDI Motown’s Best Service and Support Analyst

By | May 26, 2020

The Help Desk Institute (HDI) is an organization designed to support IT-focused service centers on industry standards, best practices, and service-oriented education. This award recognizes tier 1 support staff on: being well-rounded in technical aptitude, team orientation, customer service skills, and people skills having a positive attitude and enthusiasm being committed to sharing their knowledge and problem-solving techniques… Read More »

Omeka-MiVideo integration saves time, storage, and money

In response to feedback from faculty and students, LSA Technology Services has been increasing its support for digital scholarship and digital humanities by piloting services that offer new types of consultations, platforms, and community engagement. One of them, an integration between MiVideo and Omeka, improves streaming performance and increases storage capacity for video and other rich media content. Omeka is a… Read More »

LSA Technology Services shines in the midst of pandemic prep

Technology professionals do their best every day to deliver reliable and innovative services to faculty, students, and staff. Sometimes they work on their own, sometimes as a team, and often in collaboration with other campus IT units. The LSA Technology Services team rose to new heights in response to changes in the last half of March, from the… Read More »

Profiles in IT: Caitlin Dickinson—Mapping maven

Caitlin Dickinson, mapping expert LSA Technology Services, finds joy in learning and discovery, and in using tools to create maps that solve problems. In this MITN interview, she offers tips, tools, and best practices for researchers and fellow map enthusiasts.  Tell us about your role as a Geographic Information System (GIS) consultant at LSA.  I assist LSA faculty,… Read More »

Film students step into the shoes of a filmmaker using virtual reality

By | March 13, 2020

Thanks to generous grants from LSA Technology Services, U-M film students now have the unique opportunity to get some hands-on experience with filmmaking. The Citizen Kane VR project lets students use VR technologies to reshoot a key scene from the classic film at the Duderstadt Center Visualization Studio. Developers in the Duderstadt Center Emerging Technologies Group modeled clip from… Read More »

LSA prof creates digital archive of Chicana artifacts

By | February 10, 2020

Maria Cotera, associate professor of American Culture and of women’s studies, is one of the founders of the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Project. Launched in 2009, the project aims to preserve records of self-identified Chicana feminists by conducting interviews and digitizing artifacts in their personal collections. The repository has collected about 150 oral history interviews and… Read More »

LSA Technology Services Liaison Pilot flying high

This past September, LSA Technology Services launched a Liaison Pilot with roughly 50 units and 20 liaisons. The pilot was designed in collaboration with college leadership to implement changes related to how LSA Technology Services engages with units and leverages technology to positively impact their goals and needs. The pilot will continue through the academic year. What do… Read More »

iClicker Cloud now available for LSA faculty and students

Back in March, we reported about the iClicker Reef (AKA iClicker Cloud) pilot in LSA. Students in the pilot classes could access Reef through an app on their own mobile device instead of a dedicated iClicker remote to answer an instructor’s prompted questions. In addition to handling multiple choice questions, Reef allows students to write short responses and… Read More »

LSA Technology Services streamlines course update process

By | November 12, 2019

As the largest college on campus, LSA has hundreds of changes to courses and degree requirements every year—changes that must be coordinated between LSA departments and the Registrar’s Office. That process just became easier with the recent completion of the Course List Update project (CLU) led by Matt Olex, a senior application architect in LSA Technology Services. M-Pathways… 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 »

Profiles in IT: Mike Douglas—Customer experience leader

Mike Douglas has a new role as a customer experience team manager for LSA Technology Services. He was recently interviewed about his work by Teri Horton, senior instructional consultant at LSA. Michigan IT News also caught up with Mike to learn more about his approach to customer service. Empowerment, empathy, and active listening are key ingredients to his… 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 »

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 »

LSA Technology Services launches new website

A year ago, LSA formed LSA Technology Services to: Provide faculty, students, and staff easier access to service and support. Enhance existing services and provide new services that meet college needs. Offer more opportunities to improve LSA Technology Services staff skills and support professional advancement and development. As part of that effort, we recently revised and relaunched our… Read More »

LSA Technology Services announces new directors

LSA Technology Services continues to evolve in how it provides integrated solutions and technology services to faculty, staff, and students. On July 1, the organization was restructured to better achieve its strategic goals. As part of that effort, LSA CIO Cathy Curley announced a new leadership team: Mark Bacon, Operational Effectiveness Pat Belden, Web and Application Development Services Monika… Read More »

Connecting digital scholarship

By | April 26, 2019

The term digital scholarship can be interpreted in many different ways. As defined by Wikipedia, it means  “. . . new ways of doing scholarship that involve collaborative, transdisciplinary, and computationally engaged research, teaching, and publishing. It brings digital tools and methods to the study of the humanities with the recognition that the printed word is no longer… Read More »