IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

April 23, 2014

UW’s IT Connect Website Wins Award of Excellence

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Competing against 62 other entries, UW’s IT Connect website recently won a Society for Technical Communication (STC) International Summit 2014 Award of Excellence. STC is an organization of professional communicators, and this annual award recognizes “exceptional understanding of technical communication principles.” Winning this award validates UW-IT’s work when redesigning IT Connect last year to create a user-friendly,…

April 14, 2014

New Web Vulnerability: “Heartbleed”—What You Should Know

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A major Web security vulnerability named “Heartbleed” was disclosed by security researchers last Monday afternoon. It affects a large portion of websites on the Internet that use OpenSSL to encrypt Web traffic (pages that start with https), and could enable remote attackers to steal sensitive information such as passwords from a vulnerable server’s memory. At…

April 13, 2014

Help for UW Students Preparing Presentations

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Students preparing presentations on their research or other work can get help at several upcoming technology workshops. A new Academic Poster Design workshop on May 1 provides just-in-time help for students in the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students who need to present work online or through video may benefit from UW-IT’s other workshops on Final Cut, iMovie and Web development…

April 11, 2014

Canvas App Center Offers Quick Access to Teaching Tools

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A new Canvas App Center in the Canvas Learning Management System provides easy access to third-party tools designed to enhance the learning experience by bringing additional resources and activities into the course setting. These tools offer UW instructors single sign-on and integration with Canvas. UW-IT has reviewed the App Center listings and has only included…

April 10, 2014

Explore, learn and connect: UW TechConnect a success

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The one-day UW TechConnect conference on March 25 attracted 400 people to Odegaard Undergraduate Library & Learning Commons for informative talks and workshops including Flipping the Classroom, Office 365, IT Service Management, Tableau data visualization, and Enterprise Architecture strategy. Tweets reflected the enthusiasm: “Really neat to see all the incredible efforts and projects rolling out”…

April 9, 2014

UW CISO 2013 Annual Report on Information Security and Privacy

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The 2013 Information Security and Privacy Annual Report by the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is now available online. Read about CISO’s work to deliver information, tools and resources about securing personal and University data, computing devices, and information systems. Check out Dubs’ Dos and Don’ts of UW Data Privacy and find out how to detect phishing threats. ­You…

April 8, 2014

Webinars on Agile/Lean Free to UW staff

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UW employees interested in learning more about Agile and Lean principles and how to deliver value sooner to meet business needs can register for upcoming Agile Fridays Webinars, a free training series sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer and Results Washington. UW-IT staff will present “Lean/Agile Basics and Essentials” on…

April 7, 2014

E-RESOURCE: Washington Post (1877-1997)

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Read groundbreaking coverage of the Civil Rights movement and federal government issues from the Washington Post (1877-1997), one of the nation’s leading papers. See news, film reviews, political cartoons, TV times and advertisements—as they appeared in print—with this e-resource provided by the UW Libraries and the Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment.

April 4, 2014

Microsoft Support for Windows XP ends April 8

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Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8, and discontinuing the automatic security updates. For links to Microsoft recommendations on how to keep your Windows XP system secure and to Microsoft support, plus recommendations for securing your computer at the UW and the UW’s PASS Council page on UW policies and responsibilities, see…

April 3, 2014

Register for Spring Software Webinars Offered by UW POD

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To get the most out of your software products, UW students, faculty and staff can register for spring Webinars offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). Read details about these upcoming 1.5-hour Webinars and register online: Google Docs & Drive – Advanced on April 29, Microsoft Access 2010 Techniques – Intermediate on May 14,…