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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

January 4, 2018

Use Canvas to view course assignments, materials and more

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Access course materials online with Canvas, the UW’s learning management system. View assignments, discussions, course calendars, grades and more. Watch this overview video to learn about important features and find out more about Canvas.


January 3, 2018

How do you build community with an online class? Ask the Evans School

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Learn how the Evans School partnered with Learning Technologies to break barriers and build community among African health professionals who participated in a long-distance learning program. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Evans School brought together 18 participants from a half-dozen African countries using easy-to-use online tools. The program, now recruiting its second cohort, was designed for health pros who operate in a demanding and changing climate.


January 2, 2018

W-2s will be mailed on January 25 – is your mailing address correct?

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More than 21,000 UW employees don’t have a mailing address designated in Workday. Make sure you’re not one of them. Verify your mailing address is correct to ensure timely and accurate delivery of your tax documents. Or better yet, opt out of paper tax forms entirely and access your W-2 online instead, two weeks earlier than if you wait for the mail. Update your address or opt out with these simple steps. Opt out deadline is January 5.


December 29, 2017

Check out tech resources for teaching classes

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In this Faculty Quick-Start Guide, learn how to set up courses in Canvas, use Panopto to record lectures, use Poll Everywhere to engage students in class, submit grades with GradePage, and more. The information will help you navigate the variety of resources available to you at the UW, offered by UW Information Technology.


December 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 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.


December 22, 2017

Not seeing updates to a website? Try clearing its cache

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If your web browser isn’t showing the latest changes to a website, try clearing its cache – local copies of files that help web pages load faster. In most browsers, you can bring up the menu for clearing the cache by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shift-Delete (Mac). If that does not work, learn how to clear the cache by browser.


December 20, 2017

Email modernization effort includes retirement of Deskmail, Alpine and Pine by Dec. 31, 2018

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The UW is modernizing its email services, which will involve retiring Deskmail, Alpine and Pine by Dec. 31, 2018. The goals are to provide modern tools, to facilitate compliance and to protect sensitive data. The two email options, UW Exchange Online and UW Gmail, will be limited to current UW community members. Retirees and UW alumni will no longer have access to these services — with some exceptions, including emeriti faculty. UW-IT will offer online resources and migration tools to help users upgrade their services.


December 18, 2017

Reminder: Record Christmas, New Year’s holiday time off in Workday

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Don’t forget to record both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day as “Holiday Taken Time Off” in Workday. This applies to most UW employees, including staff who accrue time off and who would normally work on the day on which the holiday falls. However, Department of Intercollegiate Athletic coaches and academic personnel (faculty, residents and fellows and other academic staff) do not need to track time off for holidays in Workday. Medical Centers employees report time off for holiday hours in Kronos. Review the quick guide and full user guide for time off, and check out related information on the Time Off page of the Integrated Service Center website.


December 14, 2017

E-Resource: Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels

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Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels — brought to you by the UW Libraries — is a scholarly, primary-source digitized collection of adult comic books and graphic novels. The database includes work by artists revered and others disregarded, and contains interviews, criticism, and journal articles too. Browse by artist, character, subject and more.


December 12, 2017

Get free computer tech support at UW’s student-run Computer Vet

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Bring your laptop and take advantage of the Computer Vet’s free drop-in service, located at the Technology Help Desk on the 2nd floor of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Staffed by experienced UW students, they can help install software funded by the Student Technology Fee, troubleshoot software problems, update operating systems, remove peer-to-peer file sharing programs and clear viruses and malware from infected computers.


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