IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

December 21, 2016

Husky OnNet expands to Sponsored UW NetIDs, for a monthly fee

man using computer in cafe

The encrypted connection to the UW network that UW students, faculty and staff use for secure access to UW resources from remote locations — Husky OnNet — is expanding its reach. Now UW departments who require Husky OnNet access for their Sponsored UW NetID holders can use the online self-service Assign Computing Services form to include Husky OnNet for a $20 monthly fee on a UW budget number. With this service enabled, they, too, can remotely access departmental services, research databases, specialized applications, desktops, printers and more.


December 14, 2016

A Year in Partnerships 2016: A UW-IT special report

A special online report features UW-IT’s collaborations with partners across all three campuses to support the work of students, faculty and staff. Read how a graduate student is seeking to unravel the mysteries of the human genome using cloud computing services, how an initiative to modernize UW Seattle classrooms is enhancing teaching and learning, how efforts by the Office of Student Financial Aid are getting decisions out faster, and how a partnership with UW Bothell helped redirect resources to its academic mission. Some of UW-IT’s key initiatives for Fiscal Year 2017 are also highlighted.


December 8, 2016

IT Connect News for faculty and staff becomes part of UW Insider in January; will still mail to students

image of a newsletter on a computer

A new weekly e-newsletter for UW faculty and staff—called UW Insider—is launching in January 2017. It will combine important messages from IT Connect News, The Resource, The Whole U, Disaster Digest, UW Recycling and Combined Fund Drive into one centrally managed email. UW Insider aims to help you make the most of your UW employment experience while reducing information overload. IT Connect News will continue to be mailed to students and posted on IT Connect.


December 7, 2016

Upgraded Knowledge Navigator makes it even easier to understand UW administrative data

New Knowledge Navigator schematic

Now it’s easier than ever to understand UW administrative data, with the latest Knowledge Navigator, the UW’s metadata repository tool. It can help you navigate data changes related to moving from the UW’s old HR/Payroll mainframe system to cloud-based Workday. Use interactive maps to understand the relationships between business concepts and do impact analysis to learn the ramifications of data changes to data tables and columns. Visit the Knowledge Navigator features page to learn more.


December 6, 2016

Does your research belong in the cloud?

clouds as seen from campus

Now you can use UW-IT’s new cloud computing for research pages in IT Connect to help you determine how the cloud can enable, accelerate and expand your research at the University. Learn how to move your research to the cloud, read success stories from UW colleagues and visit the getting started page. For a deeper dive, explore the technical cloud computing documentation site on GitHub.


December 5, 2016

Canvas use at UW now easy to see with Tableau visualization software

Canvas use graph in Tableau

Department chairs, IT support staff and others interested in tracking the adoption and use of the Canvas learning management system can visit the Canvas adoption dashboard, now on UW’s Tableau site. View quarterly stats on how many courses use Canvas, and filter by campus, department and page views for course content types such as assignments, discussion boards and quizzes. This data also shows where instructors might benefit from support to take better advantage of features in Canvas.


December 2, 2016

E-RESOURCE: Naxos Music Library

Brahms CD cover

Get access to classical streaming audio on over 85,000 music discs (1.2 million tracks) with Naxos Music Library. You can search by title, composer or artist and look at recent and featured additions. You also can browse by genre, take a guided tour of Baroque and other eras, and utilize resources such as opera libretti and podcasts. This UW-restricted resource is provided by UW Libraries.


December 1, 2016

U Drive auto-activated for faculty, staff on Dec. 19, to be same as students

U Drive, a central storage place for your files that is accessible from anywhere, will be auto-activated on December 19 for faculty and staff. This means they’ll be able to use the service without first having to activate it manually. The service is already auto-activated for students. U Drive provides storage for up to 30GB of data, which is automatically backed up. The cost is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee and the Student Technology Fee. Learn more about U Drive.


November 15, 2016

Wi-Fi in UW’s Rainier Vista, with more improvements underway; students weigh in

Rainier vista on campus map

Enjoy expanded outdoor Wi-Fi coverage in the newly redesigned Rainier Vista area, from the new Link light rail bridge to Stevens Way, thanks to a new technology solution recently enabled by UW-IT. Over 450 students at the September Student Technology Expo rated their top areas for wireless, helping to refine efforts underway to increase and improve outdoor Wi-Fi at the UW Seattle campus. UW-IT is partnering with Capital Planning & Development on these projects.


November 14, 2016

UW-IT VP/CIO Trosvig takes Michigan position; Powell appointed interim

Aaron Powell

Vice President for UW Information Technology and CIO Kelli Trosvig will assume the role of Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at the University of Michigan on November 14. Aaron Powell (pictured), UW-IT Associate Vice President for Information Management, will serve as Interim VP/CIO, effective November 10, Trosvig’s last day at the UW. A national search will be announced later. Under Trosvig’s leadership, UW-IT made major advances in providing IT resources and services to support teaching and learning, enhance research and modernize administrative operations.


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