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Instructional Technology

Canvas is a user-friendly course web site featuring a course home page with announcements and resources. Canvas synchronizes with course registration so that all registered students in a course have access to the Canvas site. Each time an announcement or resource is added to a Canvas site by the professor or faculty assistant, the professor or faculty assistant has the option to email the class a direct link to the new announcement or resource.

UM Box is a partnership between the University of Michigan and Box that offers an easy and safe way to store and share files and collaborate with others. This service is available at no charge to currently active faculty, staff, and students.

Account Features

  • Unlimited storage
  • Share & discuss documents with others, inside and outside U-M
  • Access your files via the web and from a wide range of devices
  • Keep track of multiple versions of your document automatically
  • Lock documents while editing, so others can't accidentally overwrite your changes
It also offers a variety of applications that help you sync your files on different platforms, and integrate automatically with Microsoft Office and Google apps. While Box provides robust security, including data encryption and auditing, users with sensitive data should consult the university's sensitive data guide before using it with certain files. Users with sensitive data should never use Box Sync, because files will be synced from your account and stored locally on your computer.  Files on UM Box are backed up, and deleted files are recoverable for 30 days.

Andrew File System (AFS) space is a great way to backup or post file folders, or to build a customized Web site. Faculty, staff, and students have a quota of ten gigabytes of file space. The easiest way to get to your AFS home directory is to use MFile via the web.

Blue Jeans Network (BJN) provides a cloud-based audio/video/content sharing conferencing service. The service is vendor-agnostic and allows up to 100 endpoints to connect for a meeting. An endpoint can be a room telepresence system, laptop, tablet, smartphone or standard telephone (audio-only connection). It supports high-resolution videoconferencing (720p); high-resolution content sharing (up to 1080p); and real time video sharing. Live chat is available during meetings and meetings can be recorded. End-to-end encrypted meetings are available.

Please contact if you need:

  • more information about Canvas, UM Box, or AFS Space
  • to schedule a web conference
  • consultation regarding audio visual services in the classroom
More information about audio visual services at the Law School.