October 9, 2018

Respond to in-class polls with Poll Everywhere on your phone

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Students say that Poll Everywhere, the in-class polling system that you can use on mobile devices, promotes understanding and engagement. Poll Everywhere can help students recall information, provides real-time feedback, supports in-class interactions with other students, and makes lectures more engaging.

October 8, 2018

Next phase of security enhancements for UW network further reduces risk

New protections designed to reduce risk to the UW network begin on October 16, 2018, when UW-IT will block specific channels or ports on the UW network from incoming Internet traffic. Analysis shows these ports are frequently abused. Little or no impact is expected for a majority of network users. This is the second phase of security enhancements to protect the UW network against an increasing number of malicious attacks that put devices, systems and data at risk. These ports will continue to work between devices on the UW network. Little to no impact is expected for the majority of UW network users.

Owners of subnets who may have devices on their subnets that could be affected by the change were contacted directly via email and asked to take appropriate action.

Ports to be blocked

The list of ports that will blocked from Internet traffic coming from outside the University include:

  • PORT 19 – Character Generator Protocol (CHARGEN)
  • PORT 21 – Unsecured File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • PORT 23 – Telnet
  • PORT 111 – Open Network Computing Remote Procedure Call (ONC RPC/Sun RPC)
  • PORT 161, 162 – Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP )
  • PORT 389, 636, 3268, 3269 – related to Lightweight Directory Access Protocol for authentication (LDAP)
  • PORT 593 – Remote Procedure Call over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (RPC over HTTP)
  • PORT 5985, 5986 – Remote Management for Windows (WinRM)
  • PORT 9100 – Page Description Language (PDL) Data Stream (used for network printers)

Subnet owners should identify legitimate uses for inbound traffic on these ports, and can work with UW-IT to explore mitigation options. If required, exemptions from the port blocks for these systems will be provided.

Why are these changes necessary?

The increasing attacks on the UW network present a serious security risk to the University, and hostile traffic comes through the network ports identified above. Blocking these ports will reduce the University’s vulnerability to these. Network port blocking of inbound traffic is a common practice used by many large organizations, including numerous higher education institutions.

October 7, 2018

Find your UW with MyUW

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MyUW provides easy access to the resources you need at the University, personalized to you. Get details about your courses (including time and days of the week) and find your classrooms with a link to the campus map. See your exam schedules, find out your grades, and get reminders about planning and registering for next quarter.

October 5, 2018

Geography students put their skills to the test while contributing to their communities

Students work closely with their South King County Food Coalition community project partners during the workshop.

Read how a geography class paired students with nonprofit organizations to help solve critical community issues. The story is part of a series about innovators in the classroom, produced by the Office of the Provost and UW-IT.


October 4, 2018

Use Canvas to view course assignments, materials and more

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Access course materials online with Canvas, the UW’s learning management system. You can view assignments, discussions, course calendars, grades and more. Watch this overview video to learn about important features and find out more about Canvas.

October 3, 2018

Migrate UW Windows Live account email before Dec. 31

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Migrate email from UW Windows Live (UW Outlook Live, Live@edu, MyUW.net) to UW Exchange Online (UW Office 365) or UW Gmail before the service expires on Dec. 31, 2018. Learn what steps you need to take to verify your UW Windows Live Account status, migrate the content you want to save and deactivate your account.

October 2, 2018

POSTPONED: Understand the risks and responsibilities of protecting UW data on Oct. 3

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This presentation on security and privacy in the UW Tower Visitors’ Dining Room has been postponed.

October 1, 2018

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Get tips, resources

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Learn how to protect your personal and UW institutional information from online threats with these tips from the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer. Learn safe, secure practices for smart computing, browsing the web, working remotely and accessing the University’s information systems.

September 28, 2018

Class full? Get Notify.UW

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Notify.UW is a free tool that lets you know when a course becomes available. Subscribe to Notify.UW and be notified via email and/or text when classes are you are interested in become available or close for registration.

September 27, 2018

New associate vice president for UW-IT Academic Services appointed

Headshot of Erik HoferErik Hofer has been appointed as the new Associate Vice President for Academic Services and Deputy Chief Information Officer in UW Information Technology (UW-IT), effective August 27.

Hofer comes to the UW from the University of Michigan (UM), where he served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the School of Information and Clinical Assistant Professor of Information, responsible for setting strategic direction and overseeing operations for the school’s information technology environment. His teaching and research focused on applying user-centered design methods to emerging technologies. Prior to that, Erik served as Learning Program Director for UM’s Medical School Information Services, overseeing a broad portfolio of information services supporting education and training within the UM’s health system.

“Erik brings a strong blend of experience in both IT leadership and in teaching, learning and research that is essential for providing strategic direction to our student-focused efforts and for building collaborations,” said Aaron Powell, Vice President for UW Information Technology and CIO. “Erik is highly respected for his leadership, his ability to think strategically, and to build strong partnerships across the institution.”

In his new role at the UW, Hofer will lead UW-IT’s Academic Services division, and provide strategic direction and oversight of key initiatives that advance teaching, learning and the broader academic experience by partnering with students, faculty and staff to offer technologies and approaches that meet their needs. He will oversee the core student systems that support the University’s academic mission, laying the foundation for their eventual replacement. He will also lead efforts to ensure IT at the University is accessible to individuals with diverse abilities.

In addition, Hofer will be responsible for working in close partnership with academic leaders, faculty and departments to advance the University’s core academic mission.

“This is a critical role for UW-IT and for the University,” said Powell. “I look forward to his leadership in moving our teaching and learning initiatives forward.”

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