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January 11, 2016

UW Students Get 1GB Space on UW Shared Web Hosting

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UW students who use the UW Shared Web Hosting service (on for Web publishing now will have 1GB of space each, effective January 9, up from 300MB. This will allow students to develop and host more complex Web applications. It also brings them up to the same space allocation, or quota, that faculty and staff currently receive. This student quota is funded by the Student Technology Fee.

January 8, 2016

Support for Older Versions of IE Ends January 12

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On January 12, Microsoft is dropping support, including patches, for older versions of the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser for Windows 7 and 8.1 because they can create security risks. Check that you are using the latest version—IE11—or upgrade to it now. You can also use another supported Web browser. If your computer is part of UW-IT’s Nebula Managed Desktop service, the update is taken care of for you.

January 7, 2016

UW Tower Data Center Earns Third ENERGY STAR

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The UW Tower Data Center earned ENERGY STAR certification for the third year in a row, a claim just 14 data centers in the U.S. can make. As the UW Sustainability Blog reports, only two university data centers have ever earned this EPA rating. UW-IT keeps the UW data centers powered and cooled without interruption, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. UW faculty, staff and units can learn more about ordering Data Center Co-Location Services.

January 5, 2016

E-RESOURCE: Oxford Handbooks Online

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Top scholars guide you to the most relevant arguments and studies related to your research topic in Oxford Handbooks Online. Get critical surveys of the current state of scholarship in a particular field of study, and timely overviews of key issues, major debates and pointers to related readings in 14 subject areas—criminology, economics, history, law, literature, political science, and more. Brought to you by UW Libraries.

January 4, 2016

UW Groups to Manage Google Docs Permissions, More

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Now you can use UW Groups to manage permissions for your UW Google Apps. UW Groups supports collaboration by making it easy to reuse groups in tools and applications, including for email. Using a group to share your Google documents, calendar, or sites lets you to share with the same set of people without entering each individual UW NetID each time you share. Learn about using UW Groups with UW Google Apps.

December 30, 2015

Interaction in Active Learning Classrooms


The quality of classroom activities—rather than the field of study or the classroom format—determine the caliber of interactions and learning, according to initial findings from research conducted by Odegaard Undergraduate Library and UW-IT. UW Libraries now has published profiles of four instructors teaching in Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) in Odegaard who were involved in the research. The brief profiles include a “day in the life” of the ALC course in action, student and instructor reflections on the experience, and best practices for achieving active learning goals.

December 22, 2015

UW Profiles: Use New Peer Dashboards to Compare UW in Four Areas

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Find out how the UW ranks within several different peer groups in graduation rates, retention rates, fall enrollment, and awards granted with a new set of interactive dashboards available at the UW Profiles Portal. Called Peer Dashboards, this joint effort of the Office of Planning & Budgeting and UW-IT represents the fourth major release of UW Profiles and enables comparison of the UW with U.S. public, private and Research 1 institutions in these four key areas. See the UW Profiles help page for more information.

December 16, 2015

HuskyTV Upgrade Over Break: More HD Channels; Action Needed

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An upgrade to HuskyTV, UW Seattle’s cable and streaming TV service, will increase HD channels to 88 from 16, and add more foreign language, news and entertainment offerings. To make this change, HuskyTV will be down from 5:00 p.m. Dec. 18 through Dec. 20, and may be intermittent on Dec. 21 as the system is tuned. Students in residence halls and other HuskyTV subscribers will need to do a channel scan upon return from winter break to activate the new channels, listed on the HuskyTV website. For assistance, call the dedicated support line set up by the vendor at 1-855-377-4158 through January.

December 15, 2015

Submit a UW Student Technology Fee Proposal by Jan. 22

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The UW Student Technology Fee Committee is now accepting proposals to fund projects that support UW student technology needs. About $5 million is available this year, funded by a $41 per quarter fee paid by all UW students. Software development has been added to the funding categories, which include computer labs, remote computing, frontier technology, collaborative, portable, machinery and research, and software. Submit proposals by January 22 (January 8 for Fast Track). Get details and see guidelines for proposal authors.

December 14, 2015

Save the Date: UW TechConnect Conference – March 24

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The third annual UW TechConnect Conference focuses on “Future-Proofing” and provides an opportunity for IT colleagues from all three campuses to explore the future of IT at the UW and learn about efforts underway today. Mark your calendar for March 24, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the UW Seattle HUB. Planning is in progress for the keynote speaker, breakout sessions and networking. Also, visit the TechConnect website for information about campus events, communities of practice and additional resources.

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