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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

December 5, 2016

Canvas use at UW now easy to see with Tableau visualization software

Canvas use graph in Tableau

Department chairs, IT support staff and others interested in tracking the adoption and use of the Canvas learning management system can visit the Canvas adoption dashboard, now on UW’s Tableau site. View quarterly stats on how many courses use Canvas, and filter by campus, department and page views for course content types such as assignments,…

November 10, 2016

Early success for Poll Everywhere, UW’s new classroom response system

Student taking survey on a tablet

UW students in at least 75 courses have generated more than a half million responses to polls and quizzes on their own devices using Poll Everywhere, a new classroom response system UW-IT made available autumn quarter 2016. By mid-quarter, 846 people have created 7,457 polls involving more than 10 thousand people. Survey data from UW…

November 8, 2016

Sign up for the free Computer Vet “Clinic” on Nov. 29

Doctor with stethoscope on laptop

Bring your laptop and learn how to keep it running smoothly at UW-IT’s free Computer Vet Clinic on November 29, 3 – 4 p.m. at UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library. You’ll scan for viruses and set up virus protection, and learn how to back-up your computer and use cloud storage. The workshop is free to…

October 26, 2016

Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology: Nominations due Nov. 18

active learning classroom

Nominate a stellar faculty member or team, from any UW campus, for the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology (DTA-I). Nominees will have designed and implemented an original project that leveraged technology to improve student learning. Learn more and submit your online nomination form by 5 p.m. November 18.

October 17, 2016

Online Scout app helps UW students find study spaces, food, resources

Results of Scout search on UW Seattle map

UW students can get help finding campus study spaces, food locations and STF-funded technology resources on all three UW campuses with ScoutTM, a mobile-optimized web app. You can filter to find exactly what you need, and Scout returns a list of results with photos and detailed information. Scout—funded by UW-IT and the Student Technology Fee—is…

October 5, 2016

Social media in the classroom: Implications for the UW

social media icons

UW faculty and students are interested in the potential use of social media as a learning tool, according to a recent survey of 250 higher education institutions, including the UW. Read about the opportunities and challenges of using social media in the classroom in a new synopsis of survey findings from 2012-2015, written by UW-IT,…

October 4, 2016

Denny Hall technology renovation complete; ongoing UW Seattle refresh

Denny Hall

The University’s oldest building, Denny Hall, reopened fall quarter, transformed with new technology-enabled classrooms, including a 100-seat Active Learning Classroom. This renovation is part of a larger technology refresh at UW Seattle, with more than a third of the 300 general use classrooms upgraded since 2013, outpacing the original eight-year plan. Modern electrical and network connectivity,…

September 19, 2016

Canvas template helps instructors organize—and students find—course materials

screenshot of Canvas template

When instructors open Canvas, the UW’s learning management system, they will discover a new resource: a template to guide course creation. The template, designed by UW-IT and tested by UW instructors, is based on research with UW students, who reported difficulty navigating course material in Canvas. Read more about the Canvas course template and watch…

September 1, 2016

New “IT at the UW” quick start guide for students

UW student in the quad

Students now have one place to go to learn the essentials of IT at the UW. With the new Student Quick Start Guide, students can find the computing tools and resources they need to get their academic year off to a good start. From information about connecting to the internet from dorms or around campus,…

July 21, 2016

Free Tableau and data classes for UW faculty and staff

workshop computer logo

UW faculty and staff can learn to more quickly and easily analyze data and spot trends in three free classes hosted by UW-IT. Explore how to use the intuitive Tableau data visualization tool in Tableau Basics 101, a three-hour hands-on class. Boost your Excel skills in a two-hour hands-on Handling Data 101 class, working with…

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