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December 22, 2015

UW Profiles: Use New Peer Dashboards to Compare UW in Four Areas

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Find out how the UW ranks within several different peer groups in graduation rates, retention rates, fall enrollment, and awards granted with a new set of interactive dashboards available at the UW Profiles Portal. Called Peer Dashboards, this joint effort of the Office of Planning & Budgeting and UW-IT represents the fourth major release of UW Profiles and enables comparison of the UW with U.S. public, private and Research 1 institutions in these four key areas. See the UW Profiles help page for more information.

December 16, 2015

HuskyTV Upgrade Over Break: More HD Channels; Action Needed

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An upgrade to HuskyTV, UW Seattle’s cable and streaming TV service, will increase HD channels to 88 from 16, and add more foreign language, news and entertainment offerings. To make this change, HuskyTV will be down from 5:00 p.m. Dec. 18 through Dec. 20, and may be intermittent on Dec. 21 as the system is tuned. Students in residence halls and other HuskyTV subscribers will need to do a channel scan upon return from winter break to activate the new channels, listed on the HuskyTV website. For assistance, call the dedicated support line set up by the vendor at 1-855-377-4158 through January.

December 15, 2015

Submit a UW Student Technology Fee Proposal by Jan. 22

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The UW Student Technology Fee Committee is now accepting proposals to fund projects that support UW student technology needs. About $5 million is available this year, funded by a $41 per quarter fee paid by all UW students. Software development has been added to the funding categories, which include computer labs, remote computing, frontier technology, collaborative, portable, machinery and research, and software. Submit proposals by January 22 (January 8 for Fast Track). Get details and see guidelines for proposal authors.

December 14, 2015

Save the Date: UW TechConnect Conference – March 24

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The third annual UW TechConnect Conference focuses on “Future-Proofing” and provides an opportunity for IT colleagues from all three campuses to explore the future of IT at the UW and learn about efforts underway today. Mark your calendar for March 24, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the UW Seattle HUB. Planning is in progress for the keynote speaker, breakout sessions and networking. Also, visit the TechConnect website for information about campus events, communities of practice and additional resources.

December 8, 2015

Reset Your UW NetID Password Yourself

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Beginning December 1, you will be able to reset your forgotten UW NetID password easily and securely without having to contact UW-IT or the Registrar’s office. To do this, you first need to set up your UW NetID recovery options with an email address or phone number where a secret code can be sent when you request it, enabling you to reset your password when you need to. You also will be sent a confirmation email when your UW NetID password is changed or your recovery information is updated.

December 7, 2015

Cloud Day @ UW a Success; Materials Online

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Cloud Day @ UW, hosted in November by UW-IT and the eScience Institute, was a hit, with 97 percent of those surveyed interested in attending another such event in the future. Over 20 presentations on the benefits of cloud technologies were provided by UW faculty, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others. UW faculty, staff and students from all three campuses attended, representing most UW colleges, schools and administrative units. Videos of the Keynote and Panel presentations are posted, as well as presentation slides and event photos.

December 4, 2015

Mobile Device Use Among UW Students Continues to Rise

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The number of UW students using their mobile phones for educational purposes continues to increase, according to data from the most recent EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) study of undergraduate students and information technology. This maintains a trend identified by last year’s survey. An analysis of the data by UW-IT suggests that the UW would benefit from a mobile teaching and learning initiative to guide the effective use of mobile devices in the classroom. Explore the research through interactive Tableau dashboards that allow different views of the data.

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 includes additional UW faculty contributors. Get details.

November 30, 2015

E-RESOURCE: Pop Culture Universe

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Popular culture—fads, fashion, food, technology and phrases from the 1920s to today—is now at your fingertips in Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas. This comprehensive digital library of encyclopedias, primary sources, advertisements and images also features an “Ideas Exchange” section with peer-reviewed essays from authors responding to “enduring questions” about music, the Internet, social networking and more. You can search by decade and by topics such as architecture, film, technology and media. Brought to you by the UW Libraries.

November 23, 2015

New Higher Ed IT Resources Available to UW Community

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UW students, faculty and staff now can access a wealth of research on information technology and information management topics at no cost through the Educational Advisory Board (EAB) IT Forum, a new resource provided by UW-IT. Topic areas include data governance, analytics, student success, and general measures and metrics available through online articles, webinars and in-person consultation. The EAB has more than 650 researchers, consultants and technologists serving over 1,000 colleges and universities across North America. View the UW-IT video to learn more and get started.

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