Tag Archives: students

Student-centered events at Dearborn are getting a reboot online

By | March 26, 2020

As classes moved online last week and most UM-Dearborn staff started working from home, one vital part of campus life was left mostly on the sidelines in the wake of new social distancing measures: in-person university events disappeared from the calendar. Dean of Students Amy Finley says that was a particularly big blow to students and student organizations. But… Read More »

Student programming team competes in North American Championship

By | March 13, 2020

At Michigan, coding has been a competitive sport since the late 1980s when teams of students began competing in Association for Computing Machinery collegiate programming contests. In these competitions, teams of three students work on a single computer to solve as many programming challenges as possible in a set amount of time.  This year, one U-M team qualified to advance… Read More »

Duo at U-M: Crossing the finish line

By | February 18, 2020

79,093 in Ann Arbor.  39,163 in Michigan Medicine.  10,184 in Dearborn.  8,315 in Flint.  That’s how many U-M students, staff, faculty, and sponsored affiliates – more than 133,700 in all – are now using Duo two-factor authentication to help protect the privacy of the institution’s digital information and assets as well as each individual’s personal information.  The most… Read More »

U-M team reaches quarterfinal in AI competition

By | February 17, 2020

The Alexa Socialbot Grand Challenge 3 is a university competition to further the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) by building a conversational Alexa skill. Out of hundreds of entries from 15 countries, 10 teams were selected, including one from U-M. Teams are tasked with creating a socialbot, a robotic automated program that can have conversations about popular societal… Read More »

Report finds gaps in access to career, technical ed programs

By | February 10, 2020

A new U-M report detailing access to career and technical education programs in Michigan has found that while CTE courses are popular among high school students, there’s a gap in access to them. CTE courses prepare students to work in specific careers. Some enter the labor market right out of high school, while others enroll in college. Michigan’s… Read More »

UM-Flint announces new esports team for Fall 2020

By | February 7, 2020

UM-Flint recently announced plans to introduce an esports team to campus in Fall 2020. Esports are organized, multiplayer video game competitions played by teams or individuals. Games can be played locally or against players around the globe. “We are always seeking ways in which UM-Flint can be responsive to what prospective students are looking for in a campus,” said Kristi… Read More »

SI students help improve Ann Arbor voter experience

By | February 4, 2020

The Line Tracking Project, a partnership between three UMSI students and the Ann Arbor City Clerk’s Office, used several years of student research on voter wait times to develop a new public website that allows voters to check wait times at their local polling place and access additional tools to facilitate the voting process. The project recently won… 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 »

Videos help students with online admin tasks

In response to student requests for support and training, ITS collaborated with LSA Student Government’s Subcommittee for Technology, Advising, and Academic Resources and the Registrar’s Office to create ten videos to assist students with online administrative transactions. The new videos are posted on the UMITSCommunications YouTube channel. The videos average about two minutes in length and cover topics… Read More »

SoE launches online Advanced Education Technology Certificate Program

By | January 14, 2020

In January, the School of Education launched a new online certificate for working teachers and administrators across the globe. The Advanced Education Technology Certificate Program (AETP) is a fully web-based program developed specifically for P–12 educators who are working in a school. It is designed to support individual teachers and administrators, or entire districts, interested in professional development… 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 »

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 »

U-M team competes in Amazon challenge to make AI more engaging

By | December 4, 2019

Artificial intelligence that can hold a “real” conversation has long been one of the sci-fi standards of future technology. Enter the Amazon Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge. Among the ten schools from around the world selected to compete is a team from U-M co-advised by assistant professor David Jurgens from the School of Information and assistant professor Nikola Banovic in… Read More »

Sisterhood, empowerment, and tech: U-M hosts inaugural GET-IT event

Three hundred high school girls from southeast Michigan visited the University of Michigan for the inaugural Get-IT summit on Tuesday, October 1, at the Michigan League. The event gave female students the opportunity to connect with other women and girls who have an interest in the tech industry.

Faculty support requested during Duo for students implementation

U-M faculty, instructors, and academic administrators received an ITS Information Assurance email on October 31 informing them the first wave of emails had begun to students who were not using Duo and encouraging those students to turn it on early. Faculty and instructors were asked for their patience and understanding as students became familiar with the tool and… Read More »

Welcome Technology Solutions: New Student Life unit streamlines tech

By | September 27, 2019

Student Life recently launched Technology Solutions—a new unit that aims to streamline day-to-day technology help requests as well as to make consultations for developing new solutions more tailored and user-friendly via Technology Ambassadors. The unit reorganized in January and officially launched its website in early August 2019.