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October 9, 2015

Learn About Innovative Faculty Teaching With Technology at All Three UW Campuses

Innovator Ursula Valdez

UW faculty share their experiences, tips and best practices through a new series of stories that encourage a culture of innovation in teaching and learning with technology at all three campuses. Called Innovators Among Us, the Web-based series features a new faculty profile every six weeks through mid-2016 and is being produced by the Office of the Provost, UW Information Technology, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and UW Libraries.

October 8, 2015

Free Tableau and Data Classes for UW Faculty and Staff

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In UW-IT’s free classes, UW faculty and staff can learn to more quickly and easily analyze data and spot trends using the intuitive Tableau data visualization tool. Discover the fundamentals in two three-hour, hands-on sessions—Tableau Basics 101 and Tableau Basics 201—at the UW Seattle campus. Or, take the popular Handling Data 101, now with more sections available in all three classes through November 18. Also, Enterprise Data Warehouse 101 is offered every month, including in a new webinar format. Learn more and sign up for these classes today.

October 6, 2015

E-RESOURCE: UW Libraries Research Guides

Research Guides web page

Not sure where to start your research? Research Guides are created by UW librarians to help you find the best library resources on your subject. These guides, now with an updated look, recommend starting points for your research as well as provide specific research tips and tutorials.

October 5, 2015

New Mobile UW Launches at; New Developer Resources

New Mobile UW website

Mobile UW makes it easy for UW students, faculty and staff to discover officially sanctioned UW applications such as Canvas, SpaceScout and One Bus Away, along with resources such as UW Libraries, Athletics and Arts. You only will see resources that make sense for your specific device—iOS, Android, Windows or desktop. In addition, a new Building Mobile Apps site provides UW developers with curated information on building mobile apps at the UW.

October 2, 2015

Help Wanted: Student Software Test Engineer

Student Software Test Engineer

Job Description

Become a Student Software Test Engineer for UW-IT’s Academic & Collaborative Applications (ACA) team, and start your career in the exciting field of software quality assurance and development.

ACA’s mission is to develop and integrate with innovative applications that improve the teaching and learning experience, collaboration, and research at the UW. ACA has delivered such applications as MyUW, Canvas LMS, SpaceScout, Notify.UW, Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus including OneDrive for Business, UW Google Apps, Panopto, Catalyst Web Tools, Mailman Email List Manager, Mobile UW and SqlShare, to name a few.

As a Software Test Engineer (STE), you will be an integral member of a fast-paced team. You will work with the development team in an agile environment to ensure that the quality of existing functionality and new features consistently meet the high standards our users expect.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Familiarize yourself with current projects and learn about Web architecture
  • Analyze technical design specifications for feasibility and ensure that business requirements are met
  • Write test cases and/or test plans based on design specifications for new features
  • Prioritize feature testing and ensure that functional requirements are met through test coverage
  • Troubleshoot errors using browser web console and other test and development tools
  • Perform compatibility testing across supported desktop and mobile OS/browsers
  • Perform manual black-box testing as part of the functional testing process on desktop and mobile in an agile development environment
  • Perform non-functional and boundary testing – a.k.a “Break Things”
  • Write detailed bug reports by providing clear step-by-step instructions so that others can reproduce the issue
  • Mentor and provide direction for other undergraduate testing staff as you gain experience
  • Communicate status with the QA Lead and the rest of the development team
  • Learn new tools and technologies
  • Write automation test code as appropriate
  • Take on other projects assigned to you as necessary


Who You Are

You have the natural curiosity that is characteristic of great software test engineers. You are driven by the impulse to lift the hood and look inside, learn how it works, then test and push limits. You are intelligent, motivated, detail oriented, well organized, flexible but driven, and know how to communicate clearly. You don’t settle for “just OK.” You set high standards for yourself and others, and your work reflects this. Most importantly, you are a team player with a sense of humor who is willing to work hard and have fun in the process. You have the desire to learn new things and the capacity to settle in and complete the tasks assigned to you in a timely manner, including the “boring” ones.


  • Currently enrolled student at the University of Washington taking a minimum of 6 credits
  • Able to work a minimum of 12 hours per week
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Have the ability to follow instructions and ask questions when you need clarification
  • Able to multi-task
  • Able to work with little supervision at times in a fast paced environment

Useful skills

Familiarity with:

  • Front-end desktop and mobile web development tools and technologies
  • Web design and website architecture – desktop and mobile
  • Quality assurance concepts and methodologies
  • Android and IOS native apps as well as mobile web applications

Helpful but not required

  • Hands on experience with HTML, CSS, and other Web-related languages and markup
  • Familiarity with scripting languages such as JavaScript, PHP, Python, etc.
  • An understanding of web applications that goes beyond the UI to include different front-end web technologies, different HTTP requests and responses, Ajax, web services, RESTful architecture, server-side technologies
  • Experience with Linux and Windows command line
  • Basic understanding of SQL and data structures
  • Experience with test automation tools a plus

Note: This is a part-time student position and is paid at an hourly rate. Graduate students are welcome to apply but this is NOT a GSA position and it is NOT an internship.

Important: Please do not submit resumès via the job site or email them. Resumès will be accepted only via the link at the end of the assessment linked to below. Resumès received in any other manner will be deleted.

How To Apply: Fill out the ACA STE skills and interests assessment prior to submitting your resumè and cover letter. Instructions on where to upload your resumè and cover letter are included at the end of the assessment. All resumès must be accompanied by a cover letter. Submit by Friday, October 16 at 11:59 pm.

Cybersecurity Month Event Oct. 22: Demystifying Antivirus Software, RSVP by Oct. 15

antivirus shield

Interested in how antivirus works? Hear the latest, including tactics criminals are using, malware-detection mechanisms, research behind antivirus software, and what you can do to better protect your digital assets when SophosLabs presents on Thursday, October 22, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in UW Tower 4th floor Auditorium. Open to anyone in the UW community at any level of technical knowledge. RVSP to by October 15 for this cybersecurity month event, provided by the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer.

October 1, 2015

Manage Your UW Event Calendar More Easily

UW Calendar

The UW Event Calendar recently released Event Actions, a friendlier, faster interface for saving and managing your events. This redesigned Web app allows you to manage your events from one location, save preferences and personal information so you don’t have to re-type it, and see events you have registered for. Read the My Events FAQ to learn more. You also can read about how to share events on other calendars.

September 30, 2015

Instructors Can Schedule Their Lectures for Recording in Some UW Seattle Classrooms

Students watching online lecture

Instructors in several dozen UW Seattle classrooms now can schedule some or all of their lectures for recording, using the Recording Scheduler tool created by the UW Panopto team. It allows instructors who teach in a classroom that supports automated Scheduled Lecture Capture (see classroom list) to schedule recordings through the Canvas interface, but only at the times and only in the rooms they have been assigned to. See details and instructions.

September 29, 2015

New Funding to Improve Accessibility of NSF Engineering Research Centers

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Those with disabilities will have improved access to the activities of National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers, thanks to a two-year NSF grant for UW DO-IT’s AccessERC initiative. These centers join academia, industry and government to produce transformational engineered systems and engineering graduates adept at innovation. The ultimate impact of AccessERC will be to increase the successful participation of people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), bringing their perspectives and expertise to these fields. Read the press release.

September 28, 2015

Save the Date: UW Campus Tech Talks—Dec. 3

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The technology support community at the UW is invited to Campus Tech Talks on December 3 to share ideas, expertise, case studies and more. If you have a topic to present, contact Stephen Bangs by November 6. The event will take place in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

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