IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

May 19, 2017

Students: Major, Google search now featured on MyUW, new navigation to come

MyUW for students on laptop

MyUW offers new features, and coming this summer, the tool will be even easier to navigate. Now MyUW includes Google search and shows you the major or minor in which you’ve been admitted. Next up, MyUW’s navigation will take undergraduate students to important areas, such as Academics, Profile, Accounts, and Husky Card, which means much less scrolling to find what you need. Quick Links will list the most popular resources, plus those you’ve recently used, and you can customize the list too.


May 18, 2017

Instructors: Get free help transferring grades from Canvas to Gradepage, beginning May 30

Perfect grade on a scantron test

Need help transferring end-of-the-quarter grades from Canvas to Gradepage? Beginning May 30, instructors can set up an appointment or drop in to Odegaard, room 230 to meet with a Learning Technologies team member. The service is available Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday: noon-7 p.m. To set up an appointment or to ask a question, email help@uw.edu or call (206) 221-5000, ext. 3.  And for grading help on assignments in Canvas, drop in, call or email anytime.


May 17, 2017

Learn about Workday on the new Integrated Service Center website

Woman in front of computer with ISC website on the screen

The new Integrated Service Center website is your future resource for Workday, the UW’s new HR, payroll and benefits system coming in June. Preview instructional videos and user guides, and continue to check back as more information will be added soon. All of the instructional materials used for Workday training have been designed with accessibility needs in mind. Graphic-rich job aids for some general Workday business processes will be created for users who may not be native English speakers.


May 15, 2017

Learn physical computing using Arduino in free workshop

components of electronic devices and luminous LEDs

Take advantage of free physical computing workshops in May and learn about microcontrollers that can be programmed to control tools and toys. You will program an Arduino microcontroller using computer code, and wire it up to a circuit board and electronic components.  Workshops are offered on May 17 and May 30 in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 102. No prior experience in electronics and programming needed.


May 12, 2017

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 18 at UW

Presentation with audience members

Participate in events at the UW to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day and the importance of digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Offerings include assistive technology demos, everyday tips for increasing accessibility, an accessibility tools showcase, and workshops on captioning videos, making PDFs accessible, advanced web accessibility techniques, and much more. The activities are coordinated by Accessible Technology Services.


May 11, 2017

Workday training underway for HR and payroll staff

Instructor explaining to men in computer

In-person training for Workday, the UW’s new, modern human resources, payroll and benefits system, has begun for HR and payroll staff. More information for all employees is coming soon. Get ready for Workday by enrolling in Duo, the UW’s new two-factor authentication system, which protects your personal information by adding a second layer of security when you sign in with your UW NetID. Employees with Entrust hardware tokens for 2FA can migrate to Duo now, but those who require a hardware token should stay tuned for information about a replacement.


May 9, 2017

May 24 Tech Talks: Securing WordPress, health care system security and cloud computing

Two women presenting

Share IT resources and foster connections at the quarterly Campus Tech Talks on Wednesday, May 24 in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 220, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to secure your WordPress site; about usability and security issues to consider in protecting health care systems; and how cloud computing is helping a researcher build a library of protein structures to use in designing therapeutic medicine.


May 5, 2017

Sign up to be an IT Accessibility Liaison

People talking together

Promote accessible IT by joining new network of liaisons being established across UW’s three campuses who learn about accessible technology resources and share that information with their respective units.  Coordinated by Accessible Technology Services, the liaison program is part of the IT Accessibility Initiative that encourages the procurement, development, and use of IT that is accessible to everyone. Liaisons connect online and participate in meetings three times a year to learn about and share resources that promote accessible IT at the University, including raising awareness of the University and the state’s IT accessibility policies.


May 3, 2017

Institute creates resources, action plans to make engineering programs more accessible

Participants of institute in discussion

Making engineering programs more accessible was the focus of an Accessibility Capacity Building Institute held at the UW April 19-21. Faculty, students, disability service providers and professionals with disabilities came together to create resources and action plans for incorporating accessibility and universal design content in engineering programs. The event featured a workshop led by Dan Formosa, who helped design the OXO Good Grips kitchen tools. These products have become a symbol of “design for everyone.” The event was hosted by DO-IT and AccessEngineering.


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.


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