Tag Archives: online learning

Lessons in architecture: 3-D without leaving the classroom (or living room)

By | December 22, 2020

When architecture professor Jonathan Rule wanted his students to see firsthand the way various building materials came together, he had to find a construction site near campus and arrange for the class to walk through. Finding a suitable project isn’t always feasible, not to mention the logistics and liability involved. So with assistance over the past year from… Read More »

XR Initiative at 1: Milestones met as pandemic brings new challenges, opportunities

By | December 22, 2020

When leaders at the Center for Academic Innovation announced an XR initiative a little more than a year ago, they knew there was a hunger from a growing segment of campus to advance teaching through the development of augmented and virtual reality technologies. They couldn’t have anticipated, however, that a global pandemic would so disrupt education that faculty… Read More »

Watch: Lessons learned from quick pivots to online education

By | December 21, 2020

The winter term that begins in January will be the third term in a row that instructor David Chesney’s unique software design course will be online, and he has learned from each iteration.  For the past decade, the U-M electrical engineering and computer science lecturer has taught Software for Accessibility, a class he designed in which  undergraduate students… Read More »

UM-Dearborn’s effort to help teachers is paying off big in some area classrooms

By | October 16, 2020

Teachers face some serious challenges this school year. But the innovation that’s happening amidst the chaos should give us hope for the future, says U-M Dearborn’s Stein Brunvand, associate dean and professor of educational technology with the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Back in the summer, Brunvard led a free workshop for 33 area teachers and… Read More »

Experience immersive XR as a teaching tool

By | September 30, 2020

Extended reality holds immense potential as a teaching tool, especially in today’s increasingly online instructional environment. On Thursday, October 29 from 1-2:30 p.m., Academic Innovation at Michigan (AIM) will feature an immersive experience using the virtual platform, VirBELA. AIM Extended Reality (XR): Developing a Chemotherapy Treatment Simulation in Virtual Reality with Professor Michelle Aebersold will share her experience working in virtual… Read More »

High school teacher uses U-M developed role playing simulation tool to keep students engaged

By | September 16, 2020

New York-based high school teacher Sean Swider knew he had to develop a creative project to keep his advanced history students engaged, especially after a transition to remote learning. Swider then discovered the U-M role-playing simulation tool ViewPoint and decided to simulate an oil spill disaster. Modeled after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska, Swider created the… Read More »

Teaching resources for fall 2020

Throughout the summer many units, including the Teaching and Technology Collaborative (TTC), have been producing workshops and training sessions under the umbrella “R2GB.” Current and upcoming training sessions are listed in this link. Recordings of similar, past, ITS sessions may be found in this playlist. Recorded topics include, Student Engagement Online, Zoom For Teaching, Recording Techniques for Online… Read More »

Boardwork in online classes

By | August 20, 2020

Boardwork is an essential part of any course that requires free-hand writing, for example math or languages with non-Latin scripts. If you support faculty who use boardwork as part of their teaching, here are two options from LSA Technology Services that achieve the same effect online.  Digital whiteboard: The first option is to use an electronic whiteboard. This… Read More »

One-credit class for curious students with no CS background

By | August 4, 2020

Discover Computer Science provides a basic background in all the skills a student needs to pursue further education in computing. If you’re intrigued by computing but afraid to dive in, an introductory course returning this fall may be just what you need. EECS 198: Discover Computer Science is a one-credit course designed for curious students with no programming… Read More »

Consider taking a Michigan Online course

By | August 4, 2020

Michigan Online contains more than 180 learning experiences and is available free to University of Michigan students, faculty, staff and alumni. Through the Coursera for Campus initiative, U-M students, faculty and staff also have free access to the entire Coursera catalog of more than 4,000 unique learning experiences.  It is a place to take courses, participate in Teach-Outs, and… Read More »

Expanded access to LinkedIn Learning at U-M

LinkedIn Learning is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.  Information and Technology Services (ITS) and Organizational Learning (OL) have partnered to provide increased access to LinkedIn Learning for students, staff (including temporary workers), and faculty.  “This is an incredibly valuable and strategic tool… Read More »

Online Teaching at U-M site provides faculty resources

By | May 4, 2020

To support the university community in preparing for the fall term, the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) has just launched Online Teaching at U-M, a new website hosting resources and learning experiences to help faculty and instructional staff learn to teach effectively online. While the original focus of CAI’s work was intended to extend U-M’s reach and impact through… Read More »

ITS moves quickly to take campus into new normal

By | May 1, 2020

When President Mark Schlissel announced last month that the balance of the winter semester would be conducted in alternate, virtual forms as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, all university units were quick to respond. Information and Technology Services had been actively preparing for such a situation for almost a month, in partnership with university leadership and IT leaders… Read More »

ITS offers online Canvas workshops

ITS Teaching & Learning is hosting a series of live Canvas workshops called “Teaching Online with Canvas Workshops: From Good to Great.” Sessions are held daily at noon. Topics will change based on need and interest. Please share this information with faculty and staff in your units who might be interested. Visit the Canvas training page to register. All sessions are… Read More »

K-12 online learning platform from U-M sees dramatic rise in use

By | April 29, 2020

The Collabrify Roadmap Platform, a set of free, customizable digital learning tools developed by the Center for Digital Curricula at the College of Engineering, provides K-12 teachers with scheduling templates that can be customized to include all the activities that would normally take place in their classrooms. Created last summer as a supplemental tool to make educational resources… 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 »

Working remotely at Ross: A school mobilizes in response to a pandemic

By | April 21, 2020

Like so many across campus, including the Ross School of Business, the priority was the safety and well-being of their faculty, students, and staff, followed by their academic mission. Using those principles as a guide, the Ross IT team sprang into action to ensure that their community had the tools they needed to successfully continue teaching and learning. … Read More »

Virtual solutions: Four stories of challenge and opportunity

By | April 9, 2020

As universities around the country transitioned to online instruction, faculty and staff members had to quickly change how they teach and work. The shift has been filled with challenges, but also new opportunities. The University Record recently featured stories about how four faculty made the quick transition to remote teaching: Ginger Shultz’s chemistry students would no longer have… Read More »