IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

March 4, 2016

UW students, faculty interested in integrated planning and advising services

Students on campus

In a recent survey, UW students and faculty expressed interest in student degree-planning tools, services that facilitate access to learning resources, and early notifications systems that identify students at risk of failing a course and/or dropping out of the University. The annual survey is conducted by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, in conjunction with UW-IT. The survey findings are informing UW-IT tools that support integrated planning and advising services, such as MyPlan, MyUW and Canvas.

March 2, 2016

U Drive now provides 30GB file storage

student using laptop

The UW’s central personal file storage service—U Drive—now offers 30GB of space (up from 20GB) to UW students, faculty and staff. Managed by UW-IT, U Drive offers general-purpose, backed-up file storage with self-service file restore functionality. The Student Technology Fee Committee funds the student quota; the employee quota is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee. Learn more about U Drive.

March 1, 2016

Technology Recharge Fee FY 2017 rates

Technology Recharge Fee graphic

A slight increase in the Technology Recharge Fee (TRF) rates for FY 2017 has been approved by the Provost, as recommended by the University’s IT Service Investment Board, to help address the rising costs for UW-IT to deliver essential IT services to the UW community. The FY 2017 TRF rates, effective July 1, 2016, are: $56.13 per month, per capita for all academic and administrative units (up 1.1 percent); $51.34 per month per capita for the medical centers (up 0.8 percent).

February 29, 2016

Engaging online students in communities

UW Bothell associate professor Jody Early

A UW Bothell professor shares her experiences, tips and best practices for engaging online students with community-based service-learning projects in a new Innovators Among Us story. The series highlights a culture of innovation in teaching and learning with technology at all three campuses. It’s produced by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning, UW Libraries and UW-IT.

February 26, 2016


questionnaire form

Produced by the American Psychological Association, PsycTESTS is a growing repository of psychological tests and measures, including thousands of actual test instruments (surveys, questionnaires, scales, etc.) in several languages, available for immediate download for teaching and research. PsycTESTS also is a good source for articles about how these tests and measures are used in research. Brought to you by the UW Libraries.

February 18, 2016

Add people, recognize students with Canvas enhancements

Canvas logo

A redesigned “Add People” feature in Canvas, the UW’s learning management system, lets you quickly add anyone to a course yourself. Until now, adding a new person required an instructor to ask the UW-IT help desk to create an account, wait for that to happen, then return to the Canvas course to add the person. Also, Canvas People now includes a Student Photo List, making it easy for instructors and students to connect names and faces.

February 10, 2016

New features for Panopto lecture capture

panopto on a desktop

A new version of Panopto lecture capture is now available for both Windows and Mac, with new features and improvements to make it even more useful. You can pause and rewind a live Panopto webcast and continue watching after the presenter has ended it and record up to three video feeds at the same time, all with failsafe recording. Subfolders are easier to navigate and manage. Also, Panopto for Windows has an updated user interface. Learn more about using Panopto, supported by UW-IT.

February 5, 2016

Register for winter technology “In Practice” workshops

apple on computer

UW instructors are invited to three “In Practice” workshops, focusing on putting technology in practice in effective and pedagogically sound ways. Sessions are meant to spark engagement among instructors, encourage collaboration with different UW programs and services, and ultimately enhance the student learning experience. Get details and register for Tech-Enabled Flipping on February 18, Activate Your Teaching on February 25 and The Many Uses of Clickers on March 3. Offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning and UW-IT, the workshops are in OUGL 220 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

February 3, 2016

Access, Excel webinars: Register by March 9

Microsoft Excel logo

UW students, faculty and staff can register for two upcoming webinars on Microsoft products, offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD): Access Techniques (Beginner) on March 16 and Excel Techniques on March 17. Each is 1.5 hours and costs $65, which can be charged to a UW budget number. Register at least a week in advance. See all upcoming POD webinars.

February 1, 2016

E-RESOURCE: The African American Experience

Jackie Robinson playing baseball

The digital collection The African American Experience explores the history and culture of African Americans through encyclopedic explanations and primary sources—documents, photographs, quotes, speeches, etc.  Topics include Africa and the Atlantic, 500-1550; Colonial North America, 1550-1760; pre- and post-Civil War; World War I and II; Civil Rights; and Black Power movements to the present. Brought to you by the UW Libraries.

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