Information technology tools and resources at the UW
October 5, 2016
Social media in the classroom: Implications for the UW
UW faculty and students are interested in the potential use of social media as a learning tool, according to a recent survey of 250 higher education institutions, including the UW. Read about the opportunities and challenges of using social media in the classroom in a new synopsis of survey findings from 2012-2015, written by UW-IT, with recommendations and best practices developed in consultation with the University Registrar. FAQs, along with links to resources for using social media for teaching and learning, are included. Learn more.
October 4, 2016
Denny Hall technology renovation complete; ongoing UW Seattle refresh
The University’s oldest building, Denny Hall, reopened fall quarter, transformed with new technology-enabled classrooms, including a 100-seat Active Learning Classroom. This renovation is part of a larger technology refresh at UW Seattle, with more than a third of the 300 general use classrooms upgraded since 2013, outpacing the original eight-year plan. Modern electrical and network connectivity, advanced projection and audio systems, and lecterns are all standardized so instructors know what to expect no matter what room they’re in, enhancing the educational experience for students. UW Capital Planning & Development, UW Facilities Services and UW-IT are partnering on these projects.
October 3, 2016
UW teleconferencing service is on-demand for up to 50 people
A University of Washington Conference Service is available to UW subscribers, with an audio conferencing bridge for up to 50 participants, provided by UW-IT. For a low monthly fee, departments and units can hold on-demand conference calls whenever they like, without paying per-use fees that can quickly add up. More information is available on IT Connect, which describes all audio and video conferencing options. For questions or to order this service, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 20, 2016
October is cybersecurity month; briefings through 2017
As online scams continue to become more sophisticated, brush up on your computing security awareness year round, not only during cybersecurity month in October. The UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is hosting a series of free one-hour monthly briefings to share information, provide education and stimulate conversation on a range of information security and privacy topics. See all the cybersecurity October events, as well as the monthly briefings through 2017, on the CISO website.
September 19, 2016
Canvas template helps instructors organize—and students find—course materials
When instructors open Canvas, the UW’s learning management system, they will discover a new resource: a template to guide course creation. The template, designed by UW-IT and tested by UW instructors, is based on research with UW students, who reported difficulty navigating course material in Canvas. Read more about the Canvas course template and watch a three-minute video highlighting the key features.
September 16, 2016
Technology Expo for UW students: Sept. 30
Find out about all the free technology, discounts and services available to you as a UW student at the Technology Expo on Friday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, first floor, as part of UW Dawg Daze schedule of events (search for “technology”). Visit booths from UW units, as well as Apple, Microsoft, Tableau and more. Enter the student drawing for a chance to win great prizes, and come early for other free gifts while supplies last. Meet the Library staff to learn about resources and services available there.
September 14, 2016
Share your data visualizations via the new UW Tableau Public Server
Now you can share your data visualization dashboards with colleagues anywhere in the world, with the new UW Tableau Public Server. Hosted by UW-IT, the server keeps your data safe and secure; viewers interact with your dashboard but do not download it or the data behind it, and a UW NetID is not required for access. Now it is easy to share UW information, research data and analyses with peers, other institutions and the media. Both faculty and staff can use the UW Tableau Public Server. Learn more.
September 12, 2016
E-RESOURCE: UW Libraries’ guide to Election 2016
It’s election season and the UW Libraries’ Election 2016 guide has everything you need to know. Follow the links to register to vote (online and mail-in deadlines are October 10; in-person is October 31), research the issues and attend a debate watching party (September 26; October 4, 9 and 19). Check out the Libraries’ editorial cartoons and political memorabilia displays, as well as “Fact or Fiction?” Get informed and vote.
September 9, 2016
Free video captioning, research study
Take advantage of the opportunity to have UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services caption your highly viewed UW video presentation at no charge, making it more accessible to everyone. To qualify, videos should be used multiple times in one or more courses, or provided for the public on a department’s website. Instructors and units may apply online for this limited, fall and winter quarter offer. Faculty interested in participating in a research study, using multiple captioning options in their class, can check that box on the application.
September 7, 2016
Submit a UW Student Technology Fee proposal by Oct. 3
The Student Technology Fee Committee is now accepting proposals to fund projects that help meet the technology needs of UW students in furthering their educational, research and other goals. The over $4 million of student fees collected annually has funded a diverse set of technology projects, from computer labs to microscopes, water research to plotters. Under a newly revised and now quarterly process, proposal applications may be submitted by October 3. Visit the STF website or attend a proposal workshop for details.