IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

June 26, 2017

Powerful new digital audio software controller now available in Odegaard’s Sound Studio

Man in front of music production equipment

Make music, publish podcasts and produce digital audio using a new audio software controller called Ableton Push 2 recently installed in the Sound Studio in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library. The new equipment has a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) pad controller used to produce and play digital instruments. Physical buttons, knobs, and a touch screen…

June 19, 2017

New Tableau dashboards show how students use, perceive technology in education

Professor in front of class with students holding up cell phone

What are the top distractions for students in class? Texting and reading email. Find out about these and other educational experiences students have with technology in new interactive Tableau dashboards that depict results from undergraduate students surveyed in 2015 and 2016. The results offer a current picture of how technology affects learning at the University…

June 8, 2017

New online system streamlines course review process

Computer in a cloud concept

The new online, paperless UW Curriculum Management system improves the efficiency and transparency of the course proposal review process. The system allows academic departments to create, submit, review and approve course proposals online, eliminating the need for paper and saving an estimated 16,000 pages of paper per year. The new tool uses a cloud-based Software…

June 1, 2017

Oral histories from the South Sound get a second – digitized – life

Michael Honey with a guitar

UW Tacoma Professor Michael K. Honey digitized 20 years-worth of interviews his students conducted with community leaders, blue-collar workers, minorities, Native Americans and others in South Sound, giving a second life to these underrepresented voices and stories. The digitalized oral history collection is now available through UW Libraries. Michael Honey was featured in the Innovators…

May 18, 2017

Instructors: Get free help transferring grades from Canvas to Gradepage, beginning May 30

Perfect grade on a scantron test

Need help transferring end-of-the-quarter grades from Canvas to Gradepage? Beginning May 30, instructors can set up an appointment or drop in to Odegaard, room 230 to meet with a Learning Technologies team member. The service is available Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday: noon-7 p.m. To set up an…

May 15, 2017

Learn physical computing using Arduino in free workshop

components of electronic devices and luminous LEDs

Take advantage of free physical computing workshops in May and learn about microcontrollers that can be programmed to control tools and toys. You will program an Arduino microcontroller using computer code, and wire it up to a circuit board and electronic components.  Workshops are offered on May 17 and May 30 in the Odegaard Undergraduate…

May 1, 2017

Instant feedback using earbuds pays off big in critical teaching and learning moments

Kathleen Artman Meeker

A new method piloted by UW College of Education faculty Kathleen Artman Meeker and Nancy Rosenberg gives “in-the-moment” feedback to educators who work with children with developmental disabilities. The “Bug in the Ear” project uses earbuds and video cameras to connect educators with their coaches while they are working in the field. The project is…

April 27, 2017

Free iMovie workshop perfect for novice videographers

laptop with reel and movie clapper

Learn how to use Apple’s popular video editing software in a free iMovie workshop to be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. on May 5 in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 102. Learn about the basics of iMovie, along with some advanced features, such as green screens, interactive maps, color correction and audio enhancement.

April 26, 2017

Boost your know-how with two free Photoshop workshops

Camera anda laptop

Sign up for the Adobe Photoshop Fundamentals workshop on Friday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., or the Advanced Adobe Photoshop workshop on Thursday, May 4, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The fundamentals class will give you a solid foundation in this industry-standard image editor and will cover image adjustments, layer basics and selections. The advanced-level workshop…

April 24, 2017

New videos make using Canvas a cinch

Computer with video playing

The end of the quarter can be tough for students, but using Canvas shouldn’t be. Two new one-minute videos can help you navigate Canvas easily, with more videos to come. The first video helps you find your course in Canvas and update your list of favorite courses, and the second video shows you how to…

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