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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

December 3, 2015

New “Clickers in the Classroom” Book Includes UW Expertise

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UW expertise is featured in a new book—Clickers in the Classroom: Using Classroom Response Systems to Increase Student Learning—that presents research and examples from 20 years of clicker use in higher education. Co-authored and edited by UW-IT instructional designer Peter Wallis, and director of UW Bothell Teaching and Learning Center David Goldstein, the book also…

November 20, 2015

Innovators Among Us: Bringing the Real World of Language to the Classroom

Betsy Evans

Read how UW linguistics professor Betsy Evans uses a number of technologies to bring the real world of language to the classroom in the latest “Innovators Among Us” story. Evans uses Canvas, UW’s learning management system, and clickers, an audience response system that allows the entire class to respond to questions on a screen, in…

November 9, 2015

Active Learning Classroom Open House, UW Seattle: Nov. 19

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Faculty and instructors curious about active learning at the UW are invited to an open house on November 19, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., at UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library, in Active Learning Classroom 136. You will have a chance to chat with instructors across campus who will share their active learning strategies and experiences in…

October 9, 2015

Learn About Innovative Faculty Teaching With Technology at All Three UW Campuses

Innovator Ursula Valdez

UW faculty share their experiences, tips and best practices through a new series of stories that encourage a culture of innovation in teaching and learning with technology at all three campuses. Called Innovators Among Us, the Web-based series features a new faculty profile every six weeks through mid-2016 and is being produced by the Office…

October 8, 2015

Free Tableau and Data Classes for UW Faculty and Staff

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In UW-IT’s free classes, UW faculty and staff can learn to more quickly and easily analyze data and spot trends using the intuitive Tableau data visualization tool. Discover the fundamentals in two three-hour, hands-on sessions—Tableau Basics 101 and Tableau Basics 201—at the UW Seattle campus. Or, take the popular Handling Data 101, now with more…

September 30, 2015

Instructors Can Schedule Their Lectures for Recording in Some UW Seattle Classrooms

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Instructors in several dozen UW Seattle classrooms now can schedule some or all of their lectures for recording, using the Recording Scheduler tool created by the UW Panopto team. It allows instructors who teach in a classroom that supports automated Scheduled Lecture Capture (see classroom list) to schedule recordings through the Canvas interface, but only at…

August 3, 2015

Register for September Software Webinars Offered by UW POD

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UW students, faculty and staff can register now for software webinars offered this September by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). Two Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox webinars are being offered, one for Microsoft Outlook users and another for Google Apps. In addition, two Excel webinars are scheduled: Microsoft Excel Techniques covers the fundamentals…

June 15, 2015

UW Students and Faculty See a Place for Social Media in Learning

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UW students and faculty are interested in the potential use of social media as a learning tool, even as they worry it may be a distraction in the classroom, according to a 2014 survey about technology experiences at the UW and other universities.  The survey is conducted every spring by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and…

March 6, 2015

UW Faculty Input Leads to Upcoming Canvas Changes by Vendor

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Improvements to Canvas gradebook are underway to better support UW grading practices, thanks to input from UW instructors. Last autumn, instructors from nine different departments met with Canvas gradebook designers to share their experience using this assessment tool. Read more about how the vendor engaged with UW instructors and UW-IT, which manages the UW’s Canvas…

March 5, 2015

Survey Finds UW Students and Faculty Want More Access to Learning Analytics

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Students and faculty desire greater access to learning analytics, according to a 2014 survey of UW faculty and undergraduate students about their technology experiences at the UW. Additionally, students expressed an interest in personalized notifications on degree planning guidance, such as course recommendations based on previous registrations, and information on academic resources such as tutoring….

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