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IT4U Collaboration Webinars

IT4U is a series of interactive webinars brought to you by Information and Technology Services. The IT4U Collaboration Series focuses on tips and techniques for working with Google, CTools, Box and other tools.

The U-M Teaching and Technology Collaborative offers hands-on sessions on Google, CTools, and many other topics.

Note: If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to engage with IT4U live or recorded episodes, please contact Advance notice of ten business days is required for live episodes.

Upcoming Live Webinars

  • Creating Reports in BusinessObjects BI4 (IT4U52)
    Tuesday, October 13, 9-9:45 a.m.
    Learn how to create and format your own reports in BusinessObjects BI4. Data: Student Records, HR, Financials (applicable to all). With Jeanne Mackey (ITS). Level: Introductory.
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Please note: Only U-M faculty, staff and students can register for live webinars. The webinar recordings are public. If you need assistance with webinar registration or recording playback, contact the ITS Service Center.

Webinar Recordings

For a comprehensive list of all IT4U webinar recordings, visit the IT4U web page in My LINC.


  • What's New with Google Drive? (IT4U43)
    35 minutes (YouTube, captioned)
    Martin Sager and Jen Mruk (ITS) provide a quick tour of Google Drive and time-saving tips. Includes a comparison with Microsoft Office and other options. (Level: Introductory) Recorded 2/25/2015

  • Integrating Tools with Google Sites (IT4U36)
    38 minutes (YouTube; closed captioned)
    Ryan Vis (ITS) shows examples of integrating multiple tools—Google Docs, Forms, M+Box, and a Google Group—in a Google Site. Recorded 7/14/2014

  • Google Groups (IT4U34)
    30 minutes (Adobe Connect)
    Ryan Vis (ITS) covers the basics of Google Groups: features/advantages, set-up, security (private or public), and synchronization with MCommunity. (Level: Introductory) Recorded 5/15/2014

  • Google Forms and Presentations (IT4U30)
    41 minutes (Adobe Connect)
    Slides and Forms Presentation PDF
    Google Forms is a quick and easy way to plan events, send a survey, or give a quiz. Google Presentations are online slideshows that can be easily shared and co-edited. Ryan Vis (ITS) offers tips, tricks, and updates on new features. Recorded 1/23/14

Video Conferencing

  • Using Blue Jeans, Part 2 (IT4U46)
    Thursday, April 30, 9-9:45 a.m.
    Learn more about setting up, participating in, and moderating Blue Jeans virtual meetings. Presenter Mike Stork (ITS) will cover typical "gotchas" and best practices. The last 15 minutes will be reserved for participants' screen-sharing practice. Level: Intermediate. Recorded 5/5/15

  • Experience a Blue Jeans Virtual Meeting (IT4U45)
    46 minutes (YouTube, captioned)
    Mike Stork (ITS) demonstrates basic meeting management, screen-sharing, phone participation, and more. Note: This webinar took place within a Blue Jeans meeting, with most participants interacting via web camera. Level: Introductory. Recorded 3/19/15

  • Google Hangouts and Blue Jeans (IT4U42)
    45 minutes (YouTube, captioned)
    Mike Stork (ITS) compares key features of Google Hangouts and Blue Jeans Video Conferencing. Both are available to U-M faculty and staff. (Level: Introductory) Recorded 1/27/15

Canvas and CTools

  • Canvas at U-M (IT4U49)
    38 minutes (YouTube,closed captioned)
    U-M is transitioning to Canvas, a cloud-based learning management system. Dave Nassar (ITS) shows what the buzz is all about, including streamlined workflows and powerful tools like Speedgrader. Recorded 7/16/15

  • CTools' Hidden Treasures (IT4U29)
    46 minutes (Adobe Connect)
    Would you like to drag and drop files into CTools Resources or Drop Box? Create a specialized project site from a template? Send an email that will allow U-M colleagues to automatically join your project site? A Grab Bag of CTools features that you probably didn't know existed, this IT4U session is the equivalent of the "I'm feeling lucky" button in Google Search. Presenter: Jeff Ziegler (ITS). Recorded 12/10/13

File Storage

  • U-M File Storage Solutions (IT4U48)
    45 minutes (YouTube,closed captioned)
    Choosing the best online storage options for your files can be daunting. MaryBeth Stuenkel (ITS) offers an overview and best practices for collaborative tools, with a focus on M+Box and Google Drive. Recorded 6/30/2015.

  • Working with Folders in M+Box (IT4U39)
    43 minutes (YouTube; closed captioned)
    Working with M+Box Folders Presentation slides
    Learn how to work with M+Box folders when organizing your own files, collaborating with a few colleagues, working with a large team, or providing a learning environment for coursework. Presented by Chris Mueller and MaryBeth Stuenkel (ITS). Recorded 10/23/14

  • M+Box Shared Accounts (IT4U28)
    38 minutes (Adobe Connect)
    Shared M+Box Accounts Presentation PDF
    Shared M+Box accounts are now available for departments, projects, student groups and other functions that require collaborative storage. A shared account is not connected with an individual user, so it's an ideal place to store departmental or project content. Kris Steinhoff (ITS) demonstrates how to get started. Recorded 11/11/2013

  • The U-M Sensitive Data Guide—A New Online Tool (IT4U24)
    29 minutes (Adobe Connect)
    Sol Bermann (ITS) demonstrates the Sensitive Data Guide to IT Services--an interactive online tool designed to guide you in which IT services are appropriate for storing and sharing sensitive regulated and non-regulated institutional data. Recorded 6/10/2013

Other Tools

  • Accessibility Tips for Mac Users (IT4U50)
    25 minutes (YouTube,closed captioned)
    Jane Vincent, Assistive Technology Manager (ITS), reviews OS X Yosemite's features that make computing easier for people with disabilities--and possibly everyone else. Innovations include screen configuration options and improved speech recognition and text-to-speech. Recorded 8/6/2015.

  • Streamlined Surveys with Qualtrics—Part 2 (IT4U40)
    30 minutes (YouTube; closed captioned)
    Britain Woodman (Library Operations) returns with more tips for creating surveys with Qualtrics—an easy-to-use interface for creating sophisticated surveys. Qualtrics is free to all U-M students, faculty, and staff. Recorded 11/11/14

  • Data Analysis with Tableau (IT4U32)
    44 minutes (Adobe Connect)
    Notes | Slides
    Tableau is a software tool for creating data visualization/dashboards, performing advanced data analysis, and creating prototype reports. Carolyn Rockafellow (ITS) provides a demo of the new U-M Tableau desktop tool and our U-M Tableau secure server, where members of the U-M Tableau consortium of units can securely publish and share data visualizations. Recorded 3/11/14

  • Streamlined Surveys with Qualtrics (IT4U31)
    44 minutes (Adobe Connect)
    Notes on Qualtrics Survey Options | Notes on Qualtrics Advanced Options
    Britain Woodman (Library Operations) demonstrates using Qualtrics to quickly create surveys and collect and analyze data. Qualtrics offers an easy-to-use interface for creating sophisticated surveys and is free to all U-M students, staff and faculty. Recorded 2/26/14