The Learning Technologies Incubation Group (LTIG) is interested in identifying emerging technologies that are being developed or applied by faculty and staff that improve the educational experience. We work to integrate new capabilities with existing systems, develop new systems, help bring similar developments from different units into a common architecture that can scale university wide. We work closely with the Library Learning & Teaching group (L&T) to provide development resources for their priorities.
Projects we have worked on:
- ePortfolio – We have been involved with ePortfolio pilots for many years, and continue to provide technical support and development effort for analysis applications centered on our mPortfolio projects. We are working with L&T on the Foliotek ePortfolio pilots which are integrated into CTools via an IMS LTI integration.
- eTextbook – We worked closely with L&T through various eTextbook pilots and RFPs. When the eTextbook path is chosen, we will be working to help integrate the vendor solution with Library and other campus systems.
- Citations, HathiTrust – LTIG has made access to citation lists easier for CTools users via integrations between CTools and citations systems on campus, and HathiTrust.
- Subject Research Guides – Instructors can add a Library Subject Research Guide (SRG) tool to their CTools course sites that automatically configures itself to point to the SRG for their class. If there isn’t an SRG specifically created for their class, the tool provides choices of SRGs for similar courses, or more generic guides covering broader subject categories.
- Open Education Resources (OER)– LTIG has been working with various Open Resources groups around campus. We have investigated the Learning Registry as a potential backend to a searching capability that would provide easy discovery of Open Resources for instruction.
- Instruction Module Access – We worked with L&T to redesign and consolidate access to L&T instruction modules available from the UM Library website.
- Instruction module creation – We are working with L&T to define requirements for a simpler way to create and present instruction modules, including audio and video content, quizzing, and flow control.
- Instruction session request coordination – We are building an instruction request/coordination system to simplify the process of assigning instructors, rooms, evaluations for instruction/workshop sessions conducted by Librarians and staff. We are integrating many separate systems so that there is a single place to make a request and a single dashboard where instructors and schedulers can manage the instruction workflow.