IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

July 3, 2017

Bringing out the best in students. Report features innovative faculty using technology

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Learn how UW faculty members are using technology to engage, motivate and celebrate their students, and help students become better learners. They also provide best practices and tips so that so other faculty can emulate their work. The report is produced through a collaboration of the Office of the Provost, UW-IT, the Center for Teaching and Learning and UW Libraries.

June 30, 2017

Beware of phishing attempts from senders pretending to have UW email addresses

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Be wary of phishing emails that appear to come from an UW email address, asking you to verify your email address, then to click a link or download an attachment. Hover your mouse over links before clicking them to see the real web address. Forward suspicious emails (as an attachment) to If you work in UW Medicine, also CC For more information on how to report a phish and what to send, visit the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer website.

June 29, 2017

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

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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 28, 2017

Enroll in 2FA – it’s required to access payroll, personal information in Workday

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You can sign in to Workday with your UW NetID and password, but you’ll need two-factor authentication (2FA) to access payroll and some personal information, such as payslips, tax documents or home address. 2FA adds a second layer of security to protect your personal and University data from being stolen or compromised. If you’re an HR or payroll staff member with advanced security roles, you’ll need 2FA to sign into Workday.

June 27, 2017

Workday is live! Where to go for help

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Workday, your new portal for HR, benefits and payroll, is now live. Get help online, by phone or in-person at the new Integrated Service Center (ISC). Visit the ISC website to view instructional videos and user guides or to contact the help desk. Remember to enroll in two-factor authentication in order to access your personal and payroll information through Workday.

June 26, 2017

Powerful new digital audio software controller now available in Odegaard’s Sound Studio

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Make music, publish podcasts and produce digital audio using a new audio software controller called Ableton Push 2 recently installed in the Sound Studio in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library. The new equipment has a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) pad controller used to produce and play digital instruments. Physical buttons, knobs, and a touch screen adaptive interface simplify the workflow for mixing, recording, sampling, and arranging. The Sound Studio is available to UW students, faculty and staff on the second floor in the library.

June 23, 2017

UW Libraries’ Media Arcade equipped with audio-video tools aplenty

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Bring your imagination to the Media Arcade, an audio-video makerspace where you can compose music, edit video, critique video games, listen to vinyl, digitize vintage media, and more. The Media Arcade is open to UW students, faculty and staff and is located on the third floor of Seattle’s Allen Library North. It offers iMacs loaded with audio and video software. Large plasma screens are connected to video game consoles and playback and recording equipment for everything from LaserDiscs to Blu-rays. The Media Arcade is also outfitted with turntables, cassette decks and a 16mm telecine, reel-to-reel player.

June 21, 2017

Workday go-live is next week

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Starting Tuesday, June 27, UW employees will begin using Workday for payroll, human resources, and all related employee self-service needs. On that same day, the Integrated Service Center (ISC) begins providing Workday support and help through phone, email, and a drop-in center at the UW Tower. Learn more about how you’ll use Workday, which you will access through the ISC website, and ensure the security of your personal information now by enrolling in two-factor authentication.

June 19, 2017

New Tableau dashboards show how students use, perceive technology in education

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What are the top distractions for students in class? Texting and reading email. Find out about these and other educational experiences students have with technology in new interactive Tableau dashboards that depict results from undergraduate students surveyed in 2015 and 2016. The results offer a current picture of how technology affects learning at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. The survey covers device ownership, attitudes toward technology, distraction factors, lecture capture, and resources and tools students would like instructors to use more often.

June 8, 2017

New online system streamlines course review process

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The new online, paperless UW Curriculum Management system improves the efficiency and transparency of the course proposal review process. The system allows academic departments to create, submit, review and approve course proposals online, eliminating the need for paper and saving an estimated 16,000 pages of paper per year. The new tool uses a cloud-based Software as a Service product managed by the Office of the University Registrar and UW Information Technology.

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