IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

September 21, 2017

Help us improve IT Connect – your opinion matters

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Help improve the IT Connect website, UW’s information technology tools and resources hub, by taking a short survey. Tell us what kind of content you look for and how you find it. The website for students, faculty and staff across the UW is being redesigned next year.


September 20, 2017

Reminder: 2FA is required to access personal, payroll information in Workday

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You can sign in to Workday with your UW NetID and password but remember you’ll need two-factor authentication (2FA) to access payroll and some personal information, such as payslips, tax documents or home address. 2FA adds a second layer of security to protect your personal and University data from being stolen or compromised. If you’re an HR or payroll staff member with elevated security roles, you’ll need 2FA to sign into Workday.


September 19, 2017

Top tips for getting the most out of Workday

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Some quick steps you can take to get the most out of Workday include how to submit your time sheet on time, enroll in direct deposit and verify your address in Workday. Submit your time (and time off requests) for approval by each pay period’s deadline. Incorrect addresses are one of the biggest slowdowns for delivering paychecks and establishing benefits, so make sure your permanent address is up-to-date. Use the Pay worklet to change your payment election and enroll in direct deposit.


September 18, 2017

Six Catalyst Web Tools to retire over the next 12 months

laptop with Catalyst's Collect It on the screen

Six Catalyst Web tools — Collect It, CommonView, GoPost, QuickPoll, UMail and WebQ Quiz — are on a timeline to retire, with better solutions now available. WebQ Survey and Gradebook will not be retired. Find out about UW-IT’s plan to help users transition from Catalyst to alternative options. The retirement stems from the University’s commitment to modernize our technology infrastructure and allocate resources to solutions that best meet demand. Use of these Catalyst tools has declined by 66 percent over the past four years. Many were built on outdated technology; updating them would require a considerable investment.


September 15, 2017

DO-IT Scholars program featured on UW 360

DO-IT Scholars

UWTV showcases how a summer program empowers high school students with disabilities to succeed in college. The program, offered by the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Center since 1992, boosts the confidence of students with disabilities and teaches them how to advocate for themselves. Participating students get access to technology, college preparation, peer support and mentoring.


September 13, 2017

E-Resource: Women’s Magazine Archive

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The Women’s Magazine Archive — brought to you by the UW Libraries — provides access to archives of American and Canadian women’s magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, Essence and Chatelaine. These primary sources chronicle the evolving role and experiences of women through the 19th and 20th centuries. The publications include articles on child rearing, home economics, health, careers, fashion, current events, politics and social conditions.


September 11, 2017

Protect your computer. Download anti-virus software now

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Protect your work and home computers with Sophos anti-virus software, available to students, faculty and staff. Thanks to a licensing agreement between the UW and Sophos, students, faculty and staff can use the anti-virus software on University-owned computers and their personal computers, including PCs, servers and workstations. If your work computer is centrally managed by UW-IT, Sophos is already running in the background. Download the software for your home devices.


September 7, 2017

Confirm your web browser is Workday-supported by September 9

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For an optimal Workday experience, upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or use another Workday-supported browser: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Apple Safari. Older versions of Internet Explorer (versions 7, 8, 9 and 10) are no longer supported by Microsoft; only IE 11 receives technical support and security upgrades. Modern, newer browsers are able to provide the speed and usability that Workday requires for optimal performance.


September 6, 2017

Remember to report holiday time off for Labor Day in Workday – it’s easy

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Remember to record “Holiday Taken Time Off” in Workday if you didn’t work on Labor Day. All it takes is a few clicks, so see if this applies to you. Medical Centers employees report time off for holiday hours in Kronos. For more information, review the quick guide and full user guide for time off, and check out related information on the Time Off page of the Integrated Service Center website.


September 5, 2017

Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. Choose the right tech tools for your department to communicate

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How will your department know how to communicate during disruptive events such as inclement weather or an emergency? Check out UW-IT’s Business Continuity Toolkit for ideas on how to share departmental updates and information using tech tools during emergency events. For example, you can use your internal web page. You can set up an email distribution list. You can turn a department voicemail box into a telephone hotline or set up a traditional phone call tree. You can conduct meetings by telephone or video conferencing.


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