IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

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 Research (ECAR) in conjunction with UW-IT, and findings help inform UW-IT’s plans for improving the teaching and learning experience.


June 2, 2015

Protect Your UW Email: Forward Phishing Spam Message as an Attachment

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When you get an email that you think may be a spam/phishing message—such as one purporting to be from a bank asking you to “click a link” to validate your personal information—don’t. Instead, forward the message as an attachment (see instructions) to reportedspam@cac.washington.edu, which sends it to UW-IT and to the UW’s anti-virus vendor Sophos to improve their filtering capability. UW Medicine users can also cc uwmed-abuse@uw.edu. Read more about what you can do to protect your UW Email.


June 1, 2015

New Centralized Fax Service Is Now Available

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Replace your fax machine with UW-IT’s Centralized Fax Service and save on paper and toner costs. This newly added service enables sending or receiving faxes from email or an easy-to-use Web page. UW-IT can transition your existing fax number or set up a new fax number to meet your needs. Get details.


May 31, 2015

Create Custom Visuals Using the Data Underlying UW Profiles

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UW Profiles has enhanced how the University can use data to understand key metrics about students, and now its data can be put to work to provide greater value for departments. You need Tableau software and access to student data in the Enterprise Data Warehouse to download the data files, and then you can create custom visualizations meaningful to your department or school, using the same UW Profiles data. Learn more.


May 29, 2015

SharePoint: A Versatile Tool in Use at the UW

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Find out how UW departments are using UW SharePoint Online, a Microsoft Web application, to help manage large volumes of information and facilitate routine administrative tasks. Some use UW SharePoint Online’s built-in features, while others richly brand and customize their SharePoint site. Read more about how the iSchool and a School of Medicine department are using UW SharePoint Online, and get ideas about how it might help your team collaborate more productively. UW-IT can help your unit get started; just send a request to help@uw.edu.


May 28, 2015

Report Highlights Office of the CISO’s Strategy for Protecting UW’s Information and Privacy

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What is the UW doing to safeguard its vast amounts of information and data? Read the 2014 Information Security and Privacy Report, which highlights an “assumption of breach” risk-management approach to safeguarding the University’s information assets. This methodology blends intelligence analysis, data visualizations, and user education to understand and mitigate threats to valuable UW data, and promotes a culture of information security and privacy. The Report is published by the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), a division of UW-IT.


May 27, 2015

E-RESOURCE: Underground & Independent Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels: Vol. II

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View a primary-source, scholarly database of adult comic books and graphic nov­els, including inter­views, crit­i­cism and jour­nal arti­cles that doc­u­ment the con­tin­ual growth and evo­lu­tion of this art form, with the Underground & Independent Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels e-resource. Vol­ume II adds exten­sive cov­er­age of the pre-Comics Code era crime, war, romance and horror comics that fueled the back­lash lead­ing to one of the largest cen­sor­ship cam­paigns in US his­tory. This UW-restricted e-resource is brought to you by University Libraries.


May 26, 2015

UW Units Use Google Drive for Storage, Not Just Collaboration

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Two UW units are finding new ways to take advantage of the unlimited free storage space offered by Google Drive, which lets UW students, faculty and staff create, store, share and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations online. The two departments—the College of Built Environments and a School of Oceanography lab—are experimenting with using Google Drive to store massive amounts of data. They see it as a viable solution for scalable storage that can create significant savings for their units. Learn more.


May 22, 2015

Interested in a UW Front-End Development Community of Practice? Complete a Survey by June 5

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UW Web developers want to gauge interest in starting a UW Front-End Technologies Community of Practice group that would meet regularly to discuss and share knowledge about CSS, HTML5 and JavaScript. Common themes would be accessibility, optimization and responsive design. Show your interest by taking a short survey by June 5 and join the frontenddev distribution list.


May 13, 2015

Student Developer Position

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UW-IT maintains a number of websites and applications in order to provide information about our services and other resources available to UW students, staff, and faculty.

The Student Developer is responsible for assisting in development and maintenance of UW-IT web and software properties. He or she fixes bugs and develops improvements for a variety of websites and applications. This position provides flexible hours and ample opportunity to learn. (more…)


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