IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

May 31, 2016

Oversight, reporting is required for IT projects and acquisitions at UW

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To ensure responsible stewardship of UW resources, and to meet Washington state requirements for all public institutions, every University IT project and acquisition—equipment, software, services, etc.—must comply with oversight and reporting requirements under an updated UW policy. The Information Technology, Telecommunications and Networking Projects and Acquisitions Policy (Administrative Policy Statement 2.3) was recently revised to clarify state and UW reporting requirements, reflect the role of University IT governance boards and describe exemptions. Level of risk, costs and impact to the UW help determine the level of oversight.


May 25, 2016

UW’s Amazon Web Services now HIPAA compatible

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UW’s Amazon Web Services (AWS), available to all UW researchers and employees through a UW-IT AWS Account, is now both FERPA and HIPAA compatible, thanks to a new Business Associate Agreement signed by the UW on May 17. Get details on benefits, such as the Indirect Cost Waiver for UW research grants and Data Egress Fee Waiver, as well as on specific operational limitations and requirements, in the UW-IT Service Catalog.


May 24, 2016

New Canvas design helps track assignments and more

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On June 15, a new interface for Canvas, the University’s learning management system, will make it easier for students to see favorite courses, track assignments and due dates, and view grades. With updates to the Canvas dashboard, global navigation and sidebar, students and instructors will be able to see recent activity in all their courses, update their course lists and quickly change notification preferences. A two-minute video provides a quick overview of all the features in this new design.


May 18, 2016

E-RESOURCE: Jazz Music Library

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Learn more about jazz through the Jazz Music Library, a large collection of streamed recordings of thousands of artists and ensembles, ranging from early jazz and Dixieland to contemporary jazz, with everything from historical recordings to musicians performing and recording today. It includes a useful “Browse by Song Title” feature, allowing you to find and compare recordings of a particular tune. You also can browse by instrument, genre or performer. Brought to you by the UW Libraries.


May 11, 2016

Technology tips for faculty in latest Provost report

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Innovative approaches to teaching and learning with technology, with easy-to-download tips for faculty, are the focus of the latest Provost report, When Technology Brings Learning to Life, in the Innovators Among Us series. Six faculty members from all three campuses share their experiences, best practices and methods that can be adopted by their colleagues. The report, also available in a printable PDF format, was produced through a collaboration of the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning, UW-IT and UW Libraries.


May 4, 2016

Power BI, Microsoft business analytics service, now available

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UW students, faculty and staff now can use Microsoft Power BI—a cloud-based “business intelligence” analytics service to visualize and analyze data with speed and efficiency—made available with support from the Technology Recharge Fee. Power BI connects users to a broad range of data through dashboards, interactive reports and visualizations. Choose from the Power BI online service, or download Power BI to a desktop or mobile device. Learn more.


May 3, 2016

MyPlan now easier to use on mobile, plus other new features

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UW students can use new features in a recent release of MyPlan, the UW’s degree planning tool, that make academic planning even easier. Plan and Degree Audit experiences have been streamlined for optimal use on desktop, tablet and mobile devices. Audit reports are now much easier to read on any device, with no more zooming in to view the details. And a new feature lets you see just your unmet requirements. To try these out, go to MyPlan on your mobile device and navigate to Audit.


May 2, 2016

UW Tacoma students build creative media presentations with FOLD

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Learn how a UW Tacoma instructor used FOLD, a web-based publishing platform, to help her students construct multimedia presentations in “Finding meaning behind the music.” Get tips on how you can use FOLD, and how it can boost student creativity for final projects. The story is part of the Innovators Among Us series produced by the Office of the Provost, UW-IT, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and UW Libraries.


April 29, 2016

UW’s Red Hat Enterprise Linux license ends June 30; use CentOS

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The UW’s campus license for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) expires June 30, and will not be renewed. Units using RHEL can switch to CentOS, an established, well maintained operating system that provides an enterprise-level solution compatible with RHEL. Conversion is easy for units that manage their own servers through UW-IT’s Standard Hosted Server service and want to migrate. Last fall, in part to reduce expenses for departments, UW-IT migrated the Linux servers in its Standard Managed Servers service to CentOS from RHEL. Migration assistance is available. Get details.


April 26, 2016

E-RESOURCE: Sage Research Methods Online

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If you are learning or teaching research methods, or doing (or supervising) a research project, you’ll want to know about Sage Research Methods Online. This innovative multimedia database has journal articles, books (including the complete Little Green and Little Blue book series), case studies, datasets and videos covering quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in the social and health sciences. Use the interactive Methods Map to discover and see the relationships between over 700 methods. Brought to you by the UW Libraries.


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