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June 25, 2018

Traveling over the holiday? Protect yourself online with these important security tips

Computer locked with a padlock

Keep your personal information and University data safe when you travel with a laptop or mobile device by following these simple security tips. Remember to update operating systems, applications and anti-virus software. Don’t use the “remember my password” feature or access personal bank accounts or work accounts from a public computer. Be cautious when using public wireless networks for your own devices, and disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not needed. Read more tips, and contact or if a device containing University information is lost, stolen or compromised.

June 22, 2018

Accelerate your research with computing tools and resources

Two Computer Scientists Choose Between Printed Circuit Boards

Explore the research computing resources available and take advantage of one-on-one consultation and expert computing advice. Find out how Hyak, the UW’s on-site supercomputer, and cloud computing solutions, can advance your research. Learn about on-site large-scale storage and the high speed research network.

June 20, 2018

Check out new features in Panopto lecture capture

Woman listening to lecture on her laptop

Among the new features, instructors can splice videos together and easily move folders. Students can participate in threaded discussions and take quizzes using the embedded player.

June 18, 2018

New program supports better health outcomes in Africa

First cohort of Evans School students in IPPHL program

Read how the Evans School and partners are employing easy-to-use technologies to build a successful long-distance program for African health professionals. This is the first article in a series about Innovators in teaching and learning — produced through a collaboration of the Office of the Provost and UW-IT.

June 15, 2018

New, lower-cost option for storage

servers and storage, lower-cost option written across photo

A new tier of storage, Standard Windows File Service, carries a significant price drop, from 15 cents per GB to a single penny. Find out if your IT department qualifies for this new, lower-cost service.

June 13, 2018

Two graduates find cornerstone to career in accessibility

Alex Mooc and Brandon Mar stand facing a window

Brandon Mar and Alex Mooc have more than their new undergraduate degrees to give them a leg up in the technology job market. They can point to their substantial experience working in accessibility while students at UW.

Both have spent more than a year and a half working alongside IT accessibility specialists in UW-IT, helping web and software developers fix websites, online products, and software applications to provide equal access to content and services to people of all abilities.

“It’s about equal access,” says Mooc, who received a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and who calls himself an accessibility advocate. “Technology can be so powerful,” he says.

Their work supports UW’s policy that all IT should provide the same functionality, experience, and information to individuals with or without disabilities. Washington state has a similar policy.

About 40 million Americans live with a disability, according to the American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Those with vision or hearing difficulties account for 46 percent of that number. Mobility impairments limit use of a computer mouse or keyboard input, and dyslexia and other disabilities can affect a person’s ability to read.

Last summer Mooc interned at Zoom, a video and audio conferencing and webinar platform, where he worked on addressing accessibility issues in the UX or the user experience of the platform. He ran accessibility sessions and gave demos.

He stresses that functionality that is broadly accessible should be designed into applications from the start.

“We have to get at the root – teach people how to incorporate accessibility from the get-go,” he said, because adding fixes later can be significantly more expensive.

Brandon Mar knows this first-hand as a software developer. He interned at Panopto where he worked on incorporating accessibility into the code and designing new accessible features. Panopto’s new release this month will include the ongoing work that Mar and others at UW have contributed in consultation with the company. With a degree is in sociology, and a minor in informatics, Mar was drawn to accessibility as a form of social justice, seeing that software development can help solve a social problem.

Both credit Hadi Rangin — who is an IT accessibility specialist at the UW’s Accessible Technology Center and who is also blind — for the skills and perspective they gained while students at the UW.

You can only understand how people with disabilities experience technology by including them in the initial design of the technology and also during testing, says Mooc. It’s a practice that both Mooc and Mar intend to follow.

They plan to turn their experience into rewarding careers.

June 12, 2018

Helping transfer students succeed at UW

UW students showing spirit

Increasing support for transfer students at key points in their transition can help them be more successful at UW, a new study finds. The Transitions Project focuses on understanding challenges students face at key points — including their transition to the UW as incoming students, then into a major, and finally into a career  — and how transfer students can connect with knowledgeable peers and UW staff during these critical times to be more successful. Learn more about the Transitions Project.

June 8, 2018

Select Catalyst tools no longer available for participants starting June 15

The following email was sent to all Catalyst Web Tools Owners and Collaborators.

As communicated last September, six Catalyst Web Tools are now on a timeline to be retired, with the process ending August 2018.

This message is a reminder that on June 15, 2018, access to the following Catalyst tools will be disabled for participants:

  • Collect It
  • CommonView
  • GoPost
  • QuickPoll
  • UMail
  • WebQ Quiz

WebQ Survey and Gradebook WILL NOT BE RETIRED.

Tool owners and collaborators will continue to have access to these tools until August 24, 2018, and will have up to that date to archive or migrate content from the tools being retired. After August 24, access for tool owners and collaborators will be disabled. As this process moves forward, UW-IT will send additional reminders to Catalyst tool owners and collaborators.

UW-IT is providing support for users needing to move to other alternatives. If you have been using Catalyst Tools for teaching, the Canvas learning management system is the centrally supported alternative. Learning Technologies provides workshops to help people who are moving teaching and learning content from Catalyst to Canvas.

For more information about the decision to retire these tools:

Please contact if you have questions or concerns.

The Catalyst Web Tools team

June 5, 2018

Switch to the new MyUW by June 14

This email was sent to individuals who accessed the legacy MyUW portal during Autumn quarter 2017.

It is time to switch to our new, modern, and responsive MyUW portal, which has been available to students since fall 2015, and to faculty and staff since July 2017. The new MyUW provides more personal, timely, and relevant content matched to your affiliation with the University, reduces information overload, and provides easy access to key links, tools, and information.

Important: Your data, information and password will not change. You will need to migrate any bookmarks (see below for more information).

Please make the transition before June 14, 2018, when the legacy MyUW will no longer be available. To ease this transition, the two portals (new and legacy MyUW) will be operated in parallel until June 13, so that you can make the switch when convenient for you.

We know that changing the technology tools you rely on can be inconvenient, but we ask you to make the time to switch to the new MyUW as soon as possible.

Switch to the new MyUW in two easy steps:

  1. Save any bookmarks or custom links you created on the legacy MyUW. Your bookmarks won’t migrate automatically. If you have just a few bookmarks, try using the new Quick Links feature. If you have more than a few bookmarks, we suggest you review recommendations for managing your bookmarks.
  2. Click “Switch to the new MyUW” in the banner message posted at the top of the legacy portal page or click this link to automatically switch to the new MyUW:
Screenshot of MyUW legacy portal webpage

MyUW legacy portal page

After switching to the new MyUW, take some time to explore where to find important links and information. Click the image below for more details.

New MyUW portal

New MyUW home page

Below are important dates to remember.

  • April 10, 2018: If you are still using the legacy MyUW, you will automatically be directed to the new MyUW upon sign in. You can choose to switch back and continue using legacy MyUW until June 13.
  • May 2018: You will receive a second reminder message to switch to the new MyUW.
  • June 14, 2018: All users will be directed to the new MyUW, and the legacy MyUW will become unavailable. IMPORTANT: You will no longer be able to access bookmarks on the legacy portal.

Learn more about the switch to the new MyUW.

Need Help?

View help resources and video tours on IT Connect. If you need help, please contact the UW Information Technology Service Center at or call 206-221-5000. The Service Center is available 24×7 to assist you.

Thank you for making this switch to the new MyUW.

June 4, 2018

Managing Graduate School fellowships and awards just got easier

Student reading and researching on the study in the library

Students, advisers, faculty and others can now apply for, nominate, review and approve financial support from the Graduate School using the new Awards Management feature in the administrative tool, MyGrad.

This new system replaces the Graduate School’s Fund for Excellence and Innovation (GSFEI) and consolidates the request process for both GO-MAP scholarships and fellowship and awards

Key highlights of the release:

  • Updated, modern user interface also improves accessibility
  • Request, nominate, review and approve awards from the Graduate School in one place
  • Students can see funds awarded and accept or decline them
  • Students can request awards through the student portal
  • Advisers can request awards through the new Awards Request section; previous award requests can be viewed on GSFEI
  • Advisers can view the award application materials from previous years
  • The Graduate School can provide accurate reports on department awards

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