IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

January 27, 2016

UW TechConnect conference—March 24

TechConnect conference audience

The third annual UW TechConnect conference takes place March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the UW Seattle Husky Union Building (HUB). UW colleagues from all three campuses are invited to explore, learn and connect around the theme of “Future-Proofing.” In addition to a networking event, multiple break-out sessions will be hosted within tracks that revolve around future-proofing in four areas—the enterprise, learning and research, software and applications, and your career.

January 25, 2016

IT training: Free Tableau and Excel workshops from UW-IT

a data visualization

UW staff and faculty can learn how to create data visualizations using Tableau software, and do drag-and-drop analysis using Microsoft Excel PivotTables, at free UW-IT workshops. Sessions last one to three hours, and no programming skills are required. Learn more and register online for winter quarter sessions.

January 20, 2016

New look for IT Connect website

IT Connect home page screen capture

The IT Connect website now has a new clean look that better aligns with the UW branding colors and design, with key information at your fingertips. The site has the same useful content. The homepage includes easy-to-find popular topics as well as resources, news, current tweets, and upcoming events. Take some time to check it out.

January 15, 2016

OUGL Learning Commons Computer upgrade: Jan. 19-22

Students using computers

To maintain a stable and secure computing environment for students, UW-IT will be updating the computers in the Odegaard Learning Commons January 19-22. Different sections of computers in Odegaard will be unavailable throughout the week due to maintenance, but enough computers should be available to meet student needs during this time. Printing will be available.

January 11, 2016

UW Students Get 1GB Space on UW Shared Web Hosting

Web hosting servers

UW students who use the UW Shared Web Hosting service (on for Web publishing now will have 1GB of space each, effective January 9, up from 300MB. This will allow students to develop and host more complex Web applications. It also brings them up to the same space allocation, or quota, that faculty and staff currently receive. This student quota is funded by the Student Technology Fee.

January 8, 2016

Support for Older Versions of IE Ends January 12

Internet Explorer logo

On January 12, Microsoft is dropping support, including patches, for older versions of the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser for Windows 7 and 8.1 because they can create security risks. Check that you are using the latest version—IE11—or upgrade to it now. You can also use another supported Web browser. If your computer is part of UW-IT’s Nebula Managed Desktop service, the update is taken care of for you.

January 7, 2016

UW Tower Data Center Earns Third ENERGY STAR

Energy Star logo

The UW Tower Data Center earned ENERGY STAR certification for the third year in a row, a claim just 14 data centers in the U.S. can make. As the UW Sustainability Blog reports, only two university data centers have ever earned this EPA rating. UW-IT keeps the UW data centers powered and cooled without interruption, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. UW faculty, staff and units can learn more about ordering Data Center Co-Location Services.

January 5, 2016

E-RESOURCE: Oxford Handbooks Online

Screen shot of Oxford Handbooks Web page

Top scholars guide you to the most relevant arguments and studies related to your research topic in Oxford Handbooks Online. Get critical surveys of the current state of scholarship in a particular field of study, and timely overviews of key issues, major debates and pointers to related readings in 14 subject areas—criminology, economics, history, law, literature, political science, and more. Brought to you by UW Libraries.

January 4, 2016

UW Groups to Manage Google Docs Permissions, More

Google Docs graphic

Now you can use UW Groups to manage permissions for your UW Google Apps. UW Groups supports collaboration by making it easy to reuse groups in tools and applications, including for email. Using a group to share your Google documents, calendar, or sites lets you to share with the same set of people without entering each individual UW NetID each time you share. Learn about using UW Groups with UW Google Apps.

December 30, 2015

Interaction in Active Learning Classrooms


The quality of classroom activities—rather than the field of study or the classroom format—determine the caliber of interactions and learning, according to initial findings from research conducted by Odegaard Undergraduate Library and UW-IT. UW Libraries now has published profiles of four instructors teaching in Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) in Odegaard who were involved in the research. The brief profiles include a “day in the life” of the ALC course in action, student and instructor reflections on the experience, and best practices for achieving active learning goals.

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