IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

February 18, 2016

Add people, recognize students with Canvas enhancements

Canvas logo

A redesigned “Add People” feature in Canvas, the UW’s learning management system, lets you quickly add anyone to a course yourself. Until now, adding a new person required an instructor to ask the UW-IT help desk to create an account, wait for that to happen, then return to the Canvas course to add the person. Also, Canvas People now includes a Student Photo List, making it easy for instructors and students to connect names and faces.


February 10, 2016

New features for Panopto lecture capture

panopto on a desktop

A new version of Panopto lecture capture is now available for both Windows and Mac, with new features and improvements to make it even more useful. You can pause and rewind a live Panopto webcast and continue watching after the presenter has ended it and record up to three video feeds at the same time, all with failsafe recording. Subfolders are easier to navigate and manage. Also, Panopto for Windows has an updated user interface. Learn more about using Panopto, supported by UW-IT.


February 5, 2016

Register for winter technology “In Practice” workshops

apple on computer

UW instructors are invited to three “In Practice” workshops, focusing on putting technology in practice in effective and pedagogically sound ways. Sessions are meant to spark engagement among instructors, encourage collaboration with different UW programs and services, and ultimately enhance the student learning experience. Get details and register for Tech-Enabled Flipping on February 18, Activate Your Teaching on February 25 and The Many Uses of Clickers on March 3. Offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning and UW-IT, the workshops are in OUGL 220 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


February 3, 2016

Access, Excel webinars: Register by March 9

Microsoft Excel logo

UW students, faculty and staff can register for two upcoming webinars on Microsoft products, offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD): Access Techniques (Beginner) on March 16 and Excel Techniques on March 17. Each is 1.5 hours and costs $65, which can be charged to a UW budget number. Register at least a week in advance. See all upcoming POD webinars.


February 1, 2016

E-RESOURCE: The African American Experience

Jackie Robinson playing baseball

The digital collection The African American Experience explores the history and culture of African Americans through encyclopedic explanations and primary sources—documents, photographs, quotes, speeches, etc.  Topics include Africa and the Atlantic, 500-1550; Colonial North America, 1550-1760; pre- and post-Civil War; World War I and II; Civil Rights; and Black Power movements to the present. Brought to you by the UW Libraries.


January 27, 2016

UW TechConnect conference—March 24

TechConnect conference audience

The third annual UW TechConnect conference takes place March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the UW Seattle Husky Union Building (HUB). UW colleagues from all three campuses are invited to explore, learn and connect around the theme of “Future-Proofing.” In addition to a networking event, multiple break-out sessions will be hosted within tracks that revolve around future-proofing in four areas—the enterprise, learning and research, software and applications, and your career.


January 25, 2016

IT training: Free Tableau and Excel workshops from UW-IT

a data visualization

UW staff and faculty can learn how to create data visualizations using Tableau software, and do drag-and-drop analysis using Microsoft Excel PivotTables, at free UW-IT workshops. Sessions last one to three hours, and no programming skills are required. Learn more and register online for winter quarter sessions.


January 20, 2016

New look for IT Connect website

IT Connect home page screen capture

The IT Connect website now has a new clean look that better aligns with the UW branding colors and design, with key information at your fingertips. The site has the same useful content. The homepage includes easy-to-find popular topics as well as resources, news, current tweets, and upcoming events. Take some time to check it out.


January 15, 2016

OUGL Learning Commons Computer upgrade: Jan. 19-22

Students using computers

To maintain a stable and secure computing environment for students, UW-IT will be updating the computers in the Odegaard Learning Commons January 19-22. Different sections of computers in Odegaard will be unavailable throughout the week due to maintenance, but enough computers should be available to meet student needs during this time. Printing will be available.


January 11, 2016

UW Students Get 1GB Space on UW Shared Web Hosting

Web hosting servers

UW students who use the UW Shared Web Hosting service (on students.washington.edu) for Web publishing now will have 1GB of space each, effective January 9, up from 300MB. This will allow students to develop and host more complex Web applications. It also brings them up to the same space allocation, or quota, that faculty and staff currently receive. This student quota is funded by the Student Technology Fee.


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