Members of the Learning Technology Incubation Group (LTIG) consult with instructors, researchers, and other campus organizations to explore web-based solutions to instructional challenges. The LTIG advocates using, mixing, and mashing existing tools and services in new ways to address emerging instructional needs. We are charged with mapping potential gaps between existing tools and services, and working with campus IT, Instructional Design and Learning Technology experts to try to bridge those gaps. The LTIG group will foster innovations which may start as prototype solutions developed by students, instructors, staff and researchers.

Uniquely positioned in the Digital Media Commons of the MLibrary, the LTIG is a whole-campus resource that can help faculty and student innovators get advice and support for innovative learning technologies. We are here to develop and incubate new learning technologies and can put you in touch with academic and technical specialists from all corners of the campus as needed to meet your instructional challenges.

Implementing CTools for large class sites, online/blended classes, multi-section courses, mixing/mashing tools — Diana Perpich

Integrating outside tools into CTools, IMS Learning Tools Interoperability integrations, new tool planning — John Leasia

CTools is managed by Information and Technology Services (ITS). If you have questions about your CTools site, you can call the ITS Help Desk at 764-4357 (4-HELP).

Incorporating portfolio methodology into programs, course, and groups — Susan Hollar.


The University of Michigan, including staff in the LTIG, was a founding member of the Sakai community. Sakai is a global community that exists to enhance teaching, learning and research. It comes together to define needs of academic users, create software tools, share best practices and pool knowledge and resources in support of this goal. Sakai is a suite of software developed by the community, originally focused on the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) project and later adding the Open Source Portfolio (OSP). Today, while continuing to enhance and improve the Sakai CLE, the community is also developing a new product, the Sakai Open Academic Environment (OAE) that reimagines the approach to scholarly collaboration. Sakai is supported by a Foundation that facilitates the success of the community and the software.