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Teaching & Learning Group

The ITS Teaching & Learning group provides for and supports a world-class academic collaboration environment at U-M.

Governed by the Teaching and Learning domain in the U-M governance structure, the group provides management and development support for several learning tools including:


CTools is the University of Michigan's advanced web-based collaboration and learning management system. It is used by a large percentage of the University's instructors, students, researchers, and staff.

CTools provides features and tools:

  • For coursework - to supplement and enhance teaching and learning
  • For collaboration - to help organize and manage research and other projects both on campus and around the world

A growing number of external tools are being integrated with CTools. These include, among others:

  • M+Google Apps
  • M+Box

For answers to many questions about CTools, go to CTools Online Help.

The Spring 2010 ITS Executive Report highlighted the organizational move of the CTools application support staff to ITS.


UM.SiteMaker enables the creation of custom web sites and web databases without special web development expertise. Faculty, staff, researchers, and students use this low barrier tool to create and update web sites and online forms.

Many U-M departments rely on UM.SiteMaker as their primary method of web publishing. Several units have developed essential evaluation, inventory, instructional, and assessment tools through the use of data access sections.

UM.SiteMaker allows faculty, staff, and researchers to collect, manage, and share information and data online without the need to allocate staff time, or technical or budgetary resources to build a custom web solution from the ground up. UM.SiteMaker represents a significant cost savings to the university when compared to what it takes to develop similar capabilities using other methods.


UM.Lessons is a web-based assessment tool designed by University of Michigan instructors, instructional designers, and software developers. The tool features automated grading, report generation, branching, and the integration of media elements into assessments.

IMS Learning Tool interoperability (LTI)

The IMS LTI is a protocol for launching an external application from a learning management system (specifically CTools) in a way that supports single sign-on and which preserves the learning context and user roles within that system. This allows for mash-up style integrations with various learning tools.

Current LTI integrations include:

  • eTextbook
  • BlueStream
  • UM.SiteMaker
  • iClicker
  • SAMS

ECAR Survey of Students and Information — University of Michigan

The EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) survey is administered yearly to freshman and seniors at the University of Michigan (U-M) Ann Arbor campus, as well as at universities and colleges around the country. It provides information about student use of technology that university administrators and faculty use in planning and prioritizing technical infrastructure and services.

The ECAR survey has been administered at U-M for several years and ensures that the student voice is well-represented in IT-related decisions. The survey is sent to 25% of freshmen and senior undergraduate classes. It is voluntary and responses are confidential.

National results will be released at the Educause conference October 15-18.

Download the 2013 ECAR Survey Instrument and U-M Results.