Information technology tools and resources at the UW
December 5, 2016
Canvas use at UW now easy to see with Tableau visualization software
Department chairs, IT support staff and others interested in tracking the adoption and use of the Canvas learning management system can visit the Canvas adoption dashboard, now on UW’s Tableau site. View quarterly stats on how many courses use Canvas, and filter by campus, department and page views for course content types such as assignments, discussion boards and quizzes. This data also shows where instructors might benefit from support to take better advantage of features in Canvas.
December 2, 2016
E-RESOURCE: Naxos Music Library
Get access to classical streaming audio on over 85,000 music discs (1.2 million tracks) with Naxos Music Library. You can search by title, composer or artist and look at recent and featured additions. You also can browse by genre, take a guided tour of Baroque and other eras, and utilize resources such as opera libretti and podcasts. This UW-restricted resource is provided by UW Libraries.
December 1, 2016
U Drive auto-activated for faculty, staff on Dec. 19, to be same as students
U Drive, a central storage place for your files that is accessible from anywhere, will be auto-activated on December 19 for faculty and staff. This means they’ll be able to use the service without first having to activate it manually. The service is already auto-activated for students. U Drive provides storage for up to 30GB of data, which is automatically backed up. The cost is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee and the Student Technology Fee. Learn more about U Drive.
November 15, 2016
Wi-Fi in UW’s Rainier Vista, with more improvements underway; students weigh in
Enjoy expanded outdoor Wi-Fi coverage in the newly redesigned Rainier Vista area, from the new Link light rail bridge to Stevens Way, thanks to a new technology solution recently enabled by UW-IT. Over 450 students at the September Student Technology Expo rated their top areas for wireless, helping to refine efforts underway to increase and improve outdoor Wi-Fi at the UW Seattle campus. UW-IT is partnering with Capital Planning & Development on these projects.
November 14, 2016
UW-IT VP/CIO Trosvig takes Michigan position; Powell appointed interim
Vice President for UW Information Technology and CIO Kelli Trosvig will assume the role of Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at the University of Michigan on November 14. Aaron Powell (pictured), UW-IT Associate Vice President for Information Management, will serve as Interim VP/CIO, effective November 10, Trosvig’s last day at the UW. A national search will be announced later. Under Trosvig’s leadership, UW-IT made major advances in providing IT resources and services to support teaching and learning, enhance research and modernize administrative operations.
November 10, 2016
Early success for Poll Everywhere, UW’s new classroom response system
UW students in at least 75 courses have generated more than a half million responses to polls and quizzes on their own devices using Poll Everywhere, a new classroom response system UW-IT made available autumn quarter 2016. By mid-quarter, 846 people have created 7,457 polls involving more than 10 thousand people. Survey data from UW students, backed by a ASUW Student Senate resolution, indicated that students strongly prefer using personal mobile devices or laptops rather than purchased clickers for in-class audience response activities.
November 9, 2016
New UW faculty and staff e-newsletter coming in January
A new weekly e-newsletter for UW faculty and staff starting in January 2017 aims to help you make the most of your employment experience while reducing information overload. It will combine important messages from The Resource, The Whole U, IT Connect News, Disaster Digest, UW Recycling and Combined Fund Drive into one centrally managed email. Reader surveys and user experience studies are contributing to the design of this collaborative effort between UW HR, UW-IT, Finance & Facilities and University Marketing & Communications. Details to come.
November 8, 2016
Sign up for the free Computer Vet “Clinic” on Nov. 29
Bring your laptop and learn how to keep it running smoothly at UW-IT’s free Computer Vet Clinic on November 29, 3 – 4 p.m. at UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library. You’ll scan for viruses and set up virus protection, and learn how to back-up your computer and use cloud storage. The workshop is free to all UW students, faculty and staff, and Computer Vet specialists will be available to answer your questions. Sign up online and learn more about drop-in Computer Vet help.
November 7, 2016
To help students achieve academic success and workplace readiness, PrepSTEP is packed with online resources such as tutorials, practice exams and graduate school admissions preparation as well as a computer skills center with training on popular software tools. Over 2500 eBooks are available on English, math, science, career licensing test prep, workplace skill-building, college success skills development, and much more. You may browse the site before registering, but once you locate a resource you’d like to use, you will be prompted to register before you can access it. Registration enables you to store any tests, eBooks, tutorials, flashcards and articles for future use.
November 3, 2016
Learn more about phishing at UW
Learn more about the difference between spam and phishing, see recent examples, and find out how to report a phish that specifically targets the UW, on the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) website. Go to the CISO Phishing Examples page, which includes links to other phishing resources. Phishing emails are deceptive tactics used by cyber criminals to get you to divulge your personal information or login credentials, resulting in identity theft and posing a persistent threat to UW data.