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IT at the UW – Faculty Quick-Start Guide

UW-IT provides many resources to help instructors teach dynamic and engaging courses. Use this guide to find out about the resources available to you.

In the lecture hall

Provide an interactive learning experience, and empower your students to review lectures online.

  • Bring interactive learning to your course. Poll Everywhere is an audience response system that students can use on their own devices. No clicker required!
  • Easily record your lectures and post them online for your students to view with Panopto, the UW-IT-supported lecture capture solution.

In the classroom

Enhance your course and strengthen the learning experience with cloud-based learning tools.

  • The Canvas Learning Management System lets you easily publish course materials, simplify course management, grade assignments, as well as communicate and collaborate with students.
  • Use SQLShare to manage and share your research data; teach students how to query research data.

In your office

 Get the most out of the UW’s online learning management tools and analyze your data with ease, on your own schedule and from wherever you like.

Administrative

Submit grades, host video conferences, and stay informed about what’s happening around campus and in your work life.

  • Submit your students’ grades easily, with the help of GradePage, which integrates with Gradebook, Canvas, and other software and makes it easy to submit your grades at the end of the quarter.
  • Host meetings with Zoom, the UW’s only HIPPA- and FERPA-compliant video conferencing solution.
  • Find out what’s going on around campus and post extracurricular events such as lectures and performances on your departmental event calendar using Trumba, the UW’s official calendar system.
  • The new MyUW presents personal, timely, and relevant information to support your work. The upgraded Teaching page supports the quarterly workflow of preparing and leading a course. MyUW closely integrates with other teaching and learning tools and the registrar’s systems, to make use of these tools more efficient.

Grading and feedback

 Use online tools to make grading quick and simple, and check student work for originality against a large database.

  • Canvas provides an easy way to provide grades and feedback for your assignments, and Canvas’ SpeedGrader allows you to grade assignments efficiently.
  • Check for plagiarism with VeriCite originality checker, which compares student papers with sources available on the Internet, select commercial article databases, and papers submitted at the UW.

Tutorials and training

Learn how to create an inclusive course, and expand your skills with online tutorials and in-person workshops.

Get connected

get_connected1Connect to online resources at the UW, use secure wireless internet, set up your UW NetID and email, and store your work on centralized servers.

Connect to the UW Networks

  • Wireless internet access is available from wireless access points located throughout many buildings and common areas around campus.
  • Outside ISP connections can be configured to allow access to almost every resource on the UW network.
  • Husky OnNet provides individual users with a secure temporary connection to the UW network from remote locations.

Learn about your UW NetID

Your personal UW NetID (and password) provides access to many UW online services including MyUW and UW Email. Your UW NetID verifies who you are, ensures the privacy of your personal information, and restricts the use of UW resources to authorized users.

Set up your email

Faculty have two options for email—forward email to a non-UW email system, or use the email services offered through the UW, UW Gmail and Exchange Online.

Access your U Drive

Store your work safely on UW servers with the U Drive. The U Drive provides faculty, staff and students with a place to store files that can be accessed from anywhere, on- and off-campus, and everything on your U Drive is automatically backed up.

Practice safe computing

safe_computingProtect your computer, identity and privacy. Download free antivirus software, and learn how to protect yourself on the web.

Get software

get-softwareDownload essential software and discover online productivity tools available to empower your work and courses.

Resources available to students

Let your students know about tools that can help them plan, get into the courses they want and find the resources they need on campus.

  • If a course is in high demand, Notify.UW can help. Students can sign up to be alerted by text or email when space in a course becomes available during registration.
  • The MyPlan academic planning tool helps students create and manage their academic plan, find courses, compare programs, build a schedule, explore options and more.
  • Scout helps students (and instructors!) find study spaces that meet specific criteria such as lighting, ambient noise, proximity to food and coffee, and availability of amenities such as printers, whiteboards, etc.; campus food locations; and tech items such as tablets, digital cameras, digital video cameras, laptops, data projectors, etc. (Seattle campus only).