IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

May 1, 2017

Instant feedback using earbuds pays off big in critical teaching and learning moments

Kathleen Artman Meeker

A new method piloted by UW College of Education faculty Kathleen Artman Meeker and Nancy Rosenberg gives “in-the-moment” feedback to educators who work with children with developmental disabilities. The “Bug in the Ear” project uses earbuds and video cameras to connect educators with their coaches while they are working in the field. The project is featured in the Innovators Among Us series, produced by the Office of the Provost, UW-IT, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and UW Libraries.


April 27, 2017

Free iMovie workshop perfect for novice videographers

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Learn how to use Apple’s popular video editing software in a free iMovie workshop to be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. on May 5 in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 102. Learn about the basics of iMovie, along with some advanced features, such as green screens, interactive maps, color correction and audio enhancement.


April 26, 2017

Boost your know-how with two free Photoshop workshops

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Sign up for the Adobe Photoshop Fundamentals workshop on Friday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., or the Advanced Adobe Photoshop workshop on Thursday, May 4, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The fundamentals class will give you a solid foundation in this industry-standard image editor and will cover image adjustments, layer basics and selections. The advanced-level workshop will cover advanced layer techniques, layer mask and adjustment layers, photo manipulation tools, animated GIF and more. Both workshops will be in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 102.


April 24, 2017

New videos make using Canvas a cinch

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The end of the quarter can be tough for students, but using Canvas shouldn’t be. Two new one-minute videos can help you navigate Canvas easily, with more videos to come. The first video helps you find your course in Canvas and update your list of favorite courses, and the second video shows you how to submit Canvas assignments correctly. UW-IT realized these video guides were needed after the Technology Help Desk received a number of Canvas help requests. You called. We listened.


April 21, 2017

E-Resource: Data-Planet

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Explore a vast collection of U.S. and international statistics in Data-Planet, an online resource brought to you by UW Libraries. Data-Planet offers students, faculty and staff a dynamic tool to scan, search and compare data from over 4.9 billion datasets to create custom tables, maps, charts and other visualizations. Datasets cover a broad array of subjects, including business, employment, agriculture, weather, criminal justice, education, health indicators and income.


April 20, 2017

Find Courses feature in MyPlan gets mobile-friendly makeover

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The redesigned Find Courses feature in MyPlan — UW’s academic planning tool — gives students and advisers a more robust search experience, and it’s now mobile-friendly too. Search the upcoming quarter or explore the course catalog to create an academic plan. An auto-suggest drop-down search box makes it easy to search by keyword, General Education  (GenEd) requirements, course prefix, course title and course description. Results list current and future courses by quarter, and post-search filters narrow results further by GenEd requirement, course level, and number of credits.


April 19, 2017

Enroll now in 2FA. Needed to access Workday in June

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Secure your personal information with two-factor authentication (2FA) by enrolling today in Duo. UW faculty, staff and student employees will need Duo to access Workday, the UW’s new HR/Payroll system, which launches in June. Duo uses a mobile app, a phone call or a hardware token as a second layer of security to prove it’s really you when signing in to protected UW systems.  A second factor beyond a password reduces the risk of unauthorized access to sensitive data.


April 18, 2017

Master Panopto with free workshop series

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Take advantage of free one-hour workshops to learn Panopto, the UW’s lecture capture solution. Panopto allows for easy recording and reviewing of videos from courses, lectures, and presentations. Four workshops are offered in April and May: Introduction to Panopto Lecture Capture at 12:30 p.m. on April 20; Editing Panopto Videos at 12 p.m. on May 2; Captioning YouTube and Panopto Videos at 2 p.m. on May 18; and Share and Reuse Panopto Videos at 12 p.m. on June 2.


April 14, 2017

Husky Experience report shows how to better connect with students and increase engagement

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Learn about ways to connect “the right students to the right opportunity at the right time” in a newly published report on the Husky Experience, an initiative at the UW to help students gain meaningful experiences inside and outside the classroom. The UW-IT study explores how UW students navigate information about extracurricular opportunities — internships, study abroad, volunteering, mentoring and more — and how the UW can better inform and engage them. Findings show how better marketing, more integrated technology tools, and improved data for evaluating programs would make the program more effective.


April 13, 2017

New high-speed fiber optic network supports UW’s Global Innovation Exchange

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UW partnered with 27 municipalities in the Seattle metro area to build a state-of-the-art high-speed fiber optic network around Lake Washington. Designed and engineered by UW-IT, the network expands the region’s capacity and directly supports UW Bothell and the UW’s Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) in Bellevue. GIX is a collaboration between the UW and Tsinghua University in China, with support from Microsoft, to bring students and faculty together to work on real-world challenges in a project-based, globally focused learning environment.


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