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April 18, 2017

Master Panopto with free workshop series

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Take advantage of free one-hour workshops to learn Panopto, the UW’s lecture capture solution. Panopto allows for easy recording and reviewing of videos from courses, lectures, and presentations. Four workshops are offered in April and May: Introduction to Panopto Lecture Capture at 12:30 p.m. on April 20; Editing Panopto Videos at 12 p.m. on May 2; Captioning YouTube and Panopto Videos at 2 p.m. on May 18; and Share and Reuse Panopto Videos at 12 p.m. on June 2.

April 14, 2017

Husky Experience report shows how to better connect with students and increase engagement

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Learn about ways to connect “the right students to the right opportunity at the right time” in a newly published report on the Husky Experience, an initiative at the UW to help students gain meaningful experiences inside and outside the classroom. The UW-IT study explores how UW students navigate information about extracurricular opportunities — internships, study abroad, volunteering, mentoring and more — and how the UW can better inform and engage them. Findings show how better marketing, more integrated technology tools, and improved data for evaluating programs would make the program more effective.

April 13, 2017

New high-speed fiber optic network supports UW’s Global Innovation Exchange

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UW partnered with 27 municipalities in the Seattle metro area to build a state-of-the-art high-speed fiber optic network around Lake Washington. Designed and engineered by UW-IT, the network expands the region’s capacity and directly supports UW Bothell and the UW’s Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) in Bellevue. GIX is a collaboration between the UW and Tsinghua University in China, with support from Microsoft, to bring students and faculty together to work on real-world challenges in a project-based, globally focused learning environment.

April 7, 2017

UW’s supercomputer doubles computing power

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More powerful processors and other upgrades to Hyak, the UW’s shared cluster supercomputer, make it faster, more nimble and better able to meet the growing number of big data and other computational challenges being tackled by UW researchers. Now with double the computational power, Hyak can help increase UW’s competitive edge in research, even in fields outside of science and engineering, with plenty of capacity to meet future demand. More than 60 research groups rely on Hyak to do their work.

April 6, 2017

$10,000 grant to support student access to cloud computing for research, academics

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A Student Technology Fee grant for $10,000 to the High Performance Computing Club will provide UW students’ access to cloud computing for data-driven scientific research and academic projects in a wide range of fields. Students can apply for cloud credit and learn how to take advantage of the cloud’s capacity for massive-scale computing as well as learning best practices for cost management and data security. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students, the club also has received Student Technology Fee funds to use Hyak, the UW’s shared high performance computing cluster.

April 5, 2017

Free workshops on how to use Poll Everywhere to engage students in class

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Instructors can use the Poll Everywhere classroom response system to engage students during lecture sessions with live polls and quick checks on subject matter comprehension. Learn more about using the tool, administering polls, moving scores from graded poll questions to Canvas, and more in free two-hour workshops offered on multiple dates: April 14April 17, April 28, May 1, May 12, May 15 and May 26.

March 31, 2017

No change in Technology Recharge Fee for FY 2018

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The Technology Recharge Fee (TRF), which provides essential information technology services to the UW, will not change from current rates for fiscal year 2018. The FY 2018 rate was approved by the Provost, as recommended by the University’s IT Service Investment Board. Effective July 1, 2017, the FY 2018 TRF rates are: $56.13 per month per capita for all academic and administrative units and $51.34 per month per capita for the medical centers.

March 30, 2017

New, easy-to-use eSignatures offered at no cost to UW departments through FY 2018

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The electronic signature service — eSignatures — offers UW departments an effective way to send, sign, manage and retain documents, speeding up processing times while reducing paper use. You can easily upload and send documents for electronic signature, as well as quickly and securely accessing and signing documents online. You can also check document status, send reminders, securely store signed documents online, and save documents in the UW Enterprise Document Management System. This new service is offered at no cost to UW departments through fiscal year 2018.

March 24, 2017

UW Accessible IT Capacity Building Institute to build knowledge, skills

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The UW Accessible IT Capacity Building Institute on April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will explore how to develop, procure and use technology that is accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. Sponsored by UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services, the Institute provides information on accessibility and opportunities to discuss how to implement policies that increase use of fully accessible IT. Space is limited, so register soon for the Institute at the UW’s Seattle campus in the HUB, room 145.

March 23, 2017

Symposium features innovation in teaching and learning, keynote on building inclusive classroom communities

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Learn how instructors from all three campuses are advancing student learning at the 13th annual Teaching & Learning Symposium in UW’s HUB Ballroom on April 24, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Open to all faculty, staff and students, the symposium will feature a  keynote presentation on building inclusive classrooms and more than 50 poster presentations. Topics include the different factors in creating and leading online courses, using gaming concepts, and social and cultural factors in technology designs.

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