IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

December 8, 2016

IT Connect News for faculty and staff becomes part of UW Insider in January; will still mail to students

image of a newsletter on a computer

A new weekly e-newsletter for UW faculty and staff—called UW Insider—is launching in January 2017. It will combine important messages from IT Connect News, The Resource, The Whole U, Disaster Digest, UW Recycling and Combined Fund Drive into one centrally managed email. UW Insider aims to help you make the most of your UW employment experience while reducing information overload. IT Connect News will continue to be mailed to students and posted on IT Connect.


December 7, 2016

Upgraded Knowledge Navigator makes it even easier to understand UW administrative data

New Knowledge Navigator schematic

Now it’s easier than ever to understand UW administrative data, with the latest Knowledge Navigator, the UW’s metadata repository tool. It can help you navigate data changes related to moving from the UW’s old HR/Payroll mainframe system to cloud-based Workday. Use interactive maps to understand the relationships between business concepts and do impact analysis to learn the ramifications of data changes to data tables and columns. Visit the Knowledge Navigator features page to learn more.


December 6, 2016

Does your research belong in the cloud?

clouds as seen from campus

Now you can use UW-IT’s new cloud computing for research pages in IT Connect to help you determine how the cloud can enable, accelerate and expand your research at the University. Learn how to move your research to the cloud, read success stories from UW colleagues and visit the getting started page. For a deeper dive, explore the technical cloud computing documentation site on GitHub.


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, discussion boards and quizzes. This data also shows where instructors might benefit from support to take better advantage of features in Canvas.


December 2, 2016

E-RESOURCE: Naxos Music Library

Brahms CD cover

Get access to classical streaming audio on over 85,000 music discs (1.2 million tracks) with Naxos Music Library. You can search by title, composer or artist and look at recent and featured additions. You also can browse by genre, take a guided tour of Baroque and other eras, and utilize resources such as opera libretti and podcasts. This UW-restricted resource is provided by UW Libraries.


December 1, 2016

U Drive auto-activated for faculty, staff on Dec. 19, to be same as students

file storage in the cloud

U Drive, a central storage place for your files that is accessible from anywhere, will be auto-activated on December 19 for faculty and staff. This means they’ll be able to use the service without first having to activate it manually. The service is already auto-activated for students. U Drive provides storage for up to 30GB of data, which is automatically backed up. The cost is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee and the Student Technology Fee. Learn more about U Drive.


November 15, 2016

Wi-Fi in UW’s Rainier Vista, with more improvements underway; students weigh in

Rainier vista on campus map

Enjoy expanded outdoor Wi-Fi coverage in the newly redesigned Rainier Vista area, from the new Link light rail bridge to Stevens Way, thanks to a new technology solution recently enabled by UW-IT. Over 450 students at the September Student Technology Expo rated their top areas for wireless, helping to refine efforts underway to increase and improve outdoor Wi-Fi at the UW Seattle campus. UW-IT is partnering with Capital Planning & Development on these projects.


November 14, 2016

UW-IT VP/CIO Trosvig takes Michigan position; Powell appointed interim

Aaron Powell

Vice President for UW Information Technology and CIO Kelli Trosvig will assume the role of Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at the University of Michigan on November 14. Aaron Powell (pictured), UW-IT Associate Vice President for Information Management, will serve as Interim VP/CIO, effective November 10, Trosvig’s last day at the UW. A national search will be announced later. Under Trosvig’s leadership, UW-IT made major advances in providing IT resources and services to support teaching and learning, enhance research and modernize administrative operations.


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 students, backed by a ASUW Student Senate resolution, indicated that students strongly prefer using personal mobile devices or laptops rather than purchased clickers for in-class audience response activities.


November 9, 2016

New UW faculty and staff e-newsletter coming in January

image of a newsletter on a computer

A new weekly e-newsletter for UW faculty and staff starting in January 2017 aims to help you make the most of your employment experience while reducing information overload. It will combine important messages from The Resource, The Whole U, IT Connect News, Disaster Digest, UW Recycling and Combined Fund Drive into one centrally managed email. Reader surveys and user experience studies are contributing to the design of this collaborative effort between UW HR, UW-IT, Finance & Facilities and University Marketing & Communications. Details to come.


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