Information technology tools and resources at the UW
April 13, 2017
New high-speed fiber optic network supports UW’s Global Innovation Exchange
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
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
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
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 14, April 17, April 28, May 1, May 12, May 15 and May 26.
March 31, 2017
No change in Technology Recharge Fee for FY 2018
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
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
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
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.
March 16, 2017
2FA safeguards your information online, adds a layer of security beyond a password
Protect your personal information from unauthorized access by enrolling in Duo, the University’s new two-factor authentication (2FA) system, beginning in April. 2FA adds a layer of security beyond a password when signing in with your UW NetID. With Duo you can use an app on your phone to sign in. The new Workday HR/Payroll system will use Duo when it launches in mid-June, with others systems adopting it in the future. Watch for more information on Duo when enrollment opens in April.
March 15, 2017
Price reduction for UW Connect, the University’s service management tool
UW departments can more effectively track and manage customer service requests by subscribing to UW Connect, the UW’s service management tool, with newly lowered rates. The rate has been reduced 26 percent per user license per month for staff, and by 37 percent for student employees. UW Connect supports UW’s Transforming Administration Program (TAP) and its aim to build a culture of service.