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New residence halls gear up for fall opening

Three new north-campus residence halls will open this fall, powered by the latest technology with help from UW-IT.

Check out tech resources for teaching classes

Learn how to set up courses in Canvas, use Panopto to record lectures, use Poll Everywhere to engage students in class, and more with the Faculty Quick-Start Guide.

Need some technology help?

Get free help with software problems on personal computers from The Computer Vet, a drop-in service for students, faculty, and staff at the UW.


  • Select Catalyst tools will retire on Aug. 24

    August 15, 2018

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    Select Catalyst Web Tools — Collect It, CommonView, GoPost, QuickPoll, UMail and WebQ Quiz — will retire on August 24. If you are a Catalyst tool owner, you have until this date to save or archive content from your tools. Learn more about the Catalyst Web Tools being retired.

  • Use of Canvas has room to grow, according to new report

    August 13, 2018

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    Students and instructors are satisfied with Canvas, the UW’s learning management system, but survey results suggest there is a further opportunity to expand and deepen use of the tool’s features to enhance teaching and learning. . Results reflect input from 648 UW instructors and 4,670 students from all three campuses who completed the spring 2017 survey. Exploring how training for instructors is delivered and how central support services could work more closely with departmental support may be key to expanding use of Canvas by faculty.

  • Hacking the ocean’s mysteries

    August 9, 2018

    A vast underwater network of systems and sensors are capturing rich, never-before-accessible data from the mysterious world beneath our oceans. To build a stronger community of scientists using that data, oceanographers will convene at the UW for Oceanhackweek, five intensive days of collaborative investigations and tutorials in modern data analysis tools and techniques.

    Read more about the hackweek

  • New staff guide to IT resources at UW

    August 8, 2018

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    Find computing tools and resources you need for your work with the new Staff Quick-Start Guide. Learn how to connect to the secure, encrypted wireless on campus, and access voicemail, email and files when you’re on the road. Find out how to get software, and decide which productivity platform – UW G Suite or UW Office 365 – works for you. Also, get tips on how to reduce junk mail, avoid email scams, and much more.

  • Order a year of desktop backup by Aug. 10

    August 6, 2018

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    Install CrashPlan on your UW computer or laptop for an annual license of $95, and get unlimited, real-time backup that doesn’t disrupt workflows or affect device performance. You choose what files and folders are backed up and can restore them yourself anytime, anywhere. A cloud-based service, data is encrypted during transfer to and from the cloud and while at rest. Use your NetID for secure access and convenience.

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