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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

March 30, 2016

Get help at UW eScience Institute’s Data Science Office Hours

For help with your data-intensive science challenges—including cloud computing—let experts steer you toward appropriate solutions during the UW eScience Institute’s Data Science Office Hours. Along with eScience data scientists, experts from UW libraries, UW-IT, the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, Amazon Web Services and Mathworks are available on specific days and times in the data science studio on the sixth floor of the Physics/Astronomy Tower at UW Seattle. Get details.

March 28, 2016

Confidential Data Risk Guide and more on new CISO site

CISO website

Make informed decisions about protecting UW confidential data with the continuously evolving Confidential Data Risk Guide on the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) website, now updated with UW brand colors and design. You’ll also find an updated Data Security and Privacy Agreement, to help manage risks when negotiating vendor contracts; an enhanced Laws and Regulations page, with regulatory information on protected data; and an Information Security Plan How-To Guide, to demonstrate due care in securing unit assets.

March 25, 2016

Classroom techniques to improve equity

Students in class

UW researchers found classroom dynamics can foster gender bias and an achievement gap that may influence a student’s persistence in a discipline, but simple classroom techniques can improve equity. Explore their findings in “What is your class telling you?”, which explains how random calling can provide a more inclusive, equitable classroom experience. The story is part of the Innovators Among Us series, produced by the Office of the Provost, UW-IT, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and UW Libraries.

March 8, 2016

UW TechConnect conference on March 24

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Join your UW colleagues to discuss “future-proofing” information technology at the UW in four areas—The Enterprise, Learning and Research, Software and Applications, and Your Career—at the third annual UW TechConnect conference March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the UW Seattle HUB. Featured speakers include UW Medicine Chief Research Information Officer Sean Mooney, and Internet2 Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer Florence Hudson. A networking event caps the day, with leaders from IT Communities of Practice and popular technical services on hand to answer questions.

March 4, 2016

UW students, faculty interested in integrated planning and advising services

Students on campus

In a recent survey, UW students and faculty expressed interest in student degree-planning tools, services that facilitate access to learning resources, and early notifications systems that identify students at risk of failing a course and/or dropping out of the University. The annual survey is conducted by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, in conjunction with UW-IT. The survey findings are informing UW-IT tools that support integrated planning and advising services, such as MyPlan, MyUW and Canvas.

March 2, 2016

U Drive now provides 30GB file storage

student using laptop

The UW’s central personal file storage service—U Drive—now offers 30GB of space (up from 20GB) to UW students, faculty and staff. Managed by UW-IT, U Drive offers general-purpose, backed-up file storage with self-service file restore functionality. The Student Technology Fee Committee funds the student quota; the employee quota is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee. Learn more about U Drive.

March 1, 2016

Technology Recharge Fee FY 2017 rates

Technology Recharge Fee graphic

A slight increase in the Technology Recharge Fee (TRF) rates for FY 2017 has been approved by the Provost, as recommended by the University’s IT Service Investment Board, to help address the rising costs for UW-IT to deliver essential IT services to the UW community. The FY 2017 TRF rates, effective July 1, 2016, are: $56.13 per month, per capita for all academic and administrative units (up 1.1 percent); $51.34 per month per capita for the medical centers (up 0.8 percent).

February 29, 2016

Engaging online students in communities

UW Bothell associate professor Jody Early

A UW Bothell professor shares her experiences, tips and best practices for engaging online students with community-based service-learning projects in a new Innovators Among Us story. The series highlights a culture of innovation in teaching and learning with technology at all three campuses. It’s produced by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning, UW Libraries and UW-IT.

February 26, 2016


questionnaire form

Produced by the American Psychological Association, PsycTESTS is a growing repository of psychological tests and measures, including thousands of actual test instruments (surveys, questionnaires, scales, etc.) in several languages, available for immediate download for teaching and research. PsycTESTS also is a good source for articles about how these tests and measures are used in research. Brought to you by the UW Libraries.

February 18, 2016

Add people, recognize students with Canvas enhancements

Canvas logo

A redesigned “Add People” feature in Canvas, the UW’s learning management system, lets you quickly add anyone to a course yourself. Until now, adding a new person required an instructor to ask the UW-IT help desk to create an account, wait for that to happen, then return to the Canvas course to add the person. Also, Canvas People now includes a Student Photo List, making it easy for instructors and students to connect names and faces.

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