IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

March 1, 2017

Learn to design accessible PDFs – for free

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Find out how to make PDFs accessible with online training provided by No subscription? No problem. Learn how a public library card can get you free access on the DO-IT website. Remember, a new state policy requires information posted on University websites to be accessible. PDFs need bookmarks, alternative text and other information to make them accessible for users who are visually impaired or have reading-related disabilities.

February 28, 2017

Share and access learning resources through Canvas Commons

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UW instructors can find, import and share learning resources in Canvas Commons,  a repository now available in Canvas, UW’s learning management system.  The content can include assignments, quizzes, presentations, images, videos, documents and other files to augment online learning. Sharing can be private, limited to a small group, available to others at UW or open to all Canvas users.

February 23, 2017

Data management just got easier with new SQLShare release

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The latest SQLShare release has a friendlier user interface and faster file uploads.  The web-based platform gives UW researchers a simple, secure tool to manage, share and manipulate large data sets. No need to hassle with relational database installation, configuration and maintenance on a desktop. SQLShare is a service offered by UW-IT and the eScience Institute.

February 21, 2017

Can video games solve world problems?

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UW professors teamed up to create EarthGamesUW, which offers students and others at the UW a chance to design video games that are fun to play and enhance understanding about climate change. Students design games that are scientifically accurate and convey an important message, making these games effective tools for learning. The effort 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.

February 16, 2017

Digital storytelling can be powerful tool for teaching and learning

Jane Van Galen

As humans, we’re drawn to stories. UW Bothell professor Jane Van Galen shares how digital storytelling can be a powerful tool for teaching and learning, providing insight into the broader human experience. Digital storytelling uses various multimedia tools—video, audio, graphics and the web. Van Galen 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.

February 15, 2017

TechConnect Conference will focus on Transformative IT—The New Normal

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Learn about innovative IT solutions that will ignite your creativity and imagination at the all-day TechConnect Conference on March 23 in the Husky Union Building at UW Seattle. The conference features keynote speaker Brian McDonald, a national expert in developing leadership and strategic-thinking skills, and 18 presentations from IT professionals across the UW. Share your ideas and create professional connections with others across the University’s information technology community.

February 10, 2017

How will you know if there is an emergency on campus?

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Sign up for UW Alert, a free service for the UW community, for 24/7 notifications about emergencies or situations that might pose a safety threat or disrupt normal operations. Get information by email or text message to help you make decisions and be prepared.  Telephone carrier fees may apply. The UW Alert blog has more details during incidents as information becomes available.

February 9, 2017

Providing faster financial aid decisions to students and families

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Students and families are receiving financial aid decisions faster thanks to a new paperless electronic application process developed by the Office of Student Financial Aid in partnership with UW Information Technology. The office receives more than 79,000 applications every year for financial aid. During peak submission periods, students and their families may wait up to three months for a decision. The three-year modernization effort underway is speeding up this process.

February 7, 2017

E-RESOURCE: Independent Voices

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Learn how movements for social change, particularly from the 1960s to the 1980s, found their voices in the alternative press. Independent Voices is a digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals during a transformative period of history by feminists, anti-war activists, campus protesters, LGBTQ and minority advocates, and right-wing press groups. Independent Voices and other e-newspapers are brought to you by UW Libraries.

February 3, 2017

New HR/Payroll system on track to launch in mid-June

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Get ready to use the UW’s new HR/Payroll system—Workday—which launches in June, with most of the trainings beginning in May. HR administrators and major users of the system will need 8 to 10 hours of class time; other faculty, staff and student workers can take computer-based training or follow online user guides to navigate the system. The easy-to-use software will help meet the growing needs of our world-class research institution and respond to changing compliance requirements.  The first paycheck in the new system comes out in July.

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