IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

November 10, 2016

Early success for Poll Everywhere, UW’s new classroom response system

UW students in at least 75 courses have generated more than a half million responses to polls and quizzes on their own devices using Poll Everywhere, a new classroom response system UW-IT made available autumn quarter 2016. By mid-quarter, 846 people have created 7,457 polls involving more than 10 thousand people. Survey data from UW students, backed by a ASUW Student Senate resolution, indicated that students strongly prefer using personal mobile devices or laptops rather than purchased clickers for in-class audience response activities.


November 9, 2016

New UW faculty and staff e-newsletter coming in January

image of a newsletter on a computer

A new weekly e-newsletter for UW faculty and staff starting in January 2017 aims to help you make the most of your employment experience while reducing information overload. It will combine important messages from The Resource, The Whole U, IT Connect News, Disaster Digest, UW Recycling and Combined Fund Drive into one centrally managed email. Reader surveys and user experience studies are contributing to the design of this collaborative effort between UW HR, UW-IT, Finance & Facilities and University Marketing & Communications. Details to come.


November 8, 2016

Sign up for the free Computer Vet “Clinic” on Nov. 29

Bring your laptop and learn how to keep it running smoothly at UW-IT’s free Computer Vet Clinic on November 29, 3 – 4 p.m. at UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library. You’ll scan for viruses and set up virus protection, and learn how to back-up your computer and use cloud storage. The workshop is free to all UW students, faculty and staff, and Computer Vet specialists will be available to answer your questions. Sign up online and learn more about drop-in Computer Vet help.


November 7, 2016

E-RESOURCE: PrepSTEP

college graduates

To help students achieve academic success and workplace readiness, PrepSTEP is packed with online resources such as tutorials, practice exams and graduate school admissions preparation as well as a computer skills center with training on popular software tools. Over 2500 eBooks are available on English, math, science, career licensing test prep, workplace skill-building, college success skills development, and much more. You may browse the site before registering, but once you locate a resource you’d like to use, you will be prompted to register before you can access it. Registration enables you to store any tests, eBooks, tutorials, flashcards and articles for future use.


November 3, 2016

Learn more about phishing at UW

No Phishing sign

Learn more about the difference between spam and phishing, see recent examples, and find out how to report a phish that specifically targets the UW, on the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) website. Go to the CISO Phishing Examples page, which includes links to other phishing resources. Phishing emails are deceptive tactics used by cyber criminals to get you to divulge your personal information or login credentials, resulting in identity theft and posing a persistent threat to UW data.


November 1, 2016

2017 UW TechConnect is March 23; proposals due Nov. 30

TechConnect session attendees

“Transformative IT—The New Normal” is the theme for the 2017 UW TechConnect Conference, on March 23 in the UW Seattle Husky Union Building. Mark your calendar. This fourth annual all-day conference for UW’s community of technology professionals will feature a keynote speaker, 16 concurrent sessions and an afternoon networking event. To present, lead a panel or facilitate a hands-on problem-solving session, submit a proposal by November 30.


October 26, 2016

Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology: Nominations due Nov. 18

active learning classroom

Nominate a stellar faculty member or team, from any UW campus, for the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology (DTA-I). Nominees will have designed and implemented an original project that leveraged technology to improve student learning. Learn more and submit your online nomination form by 5 p.m. November 18.


October 18, 2016

Save the date: Husky Experience Spark Session Nov. 1

students at UW undergraduate research symposium

Co-curricular events and opportunities are a key part of the UW’s Husky Experience, with significant effort across campus in planning and communicating about them to students. But are students receiving the message? A recent report from the UW-IT Husky Experience researchers provides insight into the complex UW information ecosystem, with recommendations for more effective messaging. Come to a Spark Session on November 1 to learn more about the recommendations and brainstorm about ways to implement them.


October 17, 2016

Online Scout app helps UW students find study spaces, food, resources

Results of Scout search on UW Seattle map

UW students can get help finding campus study spaces, food locations and STF-funded technology resources on all three UW campuses with ScoutTM, a mobile-optimized web app. You can filter to find exactly what you need, and Scout returns a list of results with photos and detailed information. Scout—funded by UW-IT and the Student Technology Fee—is the next evolution of SpaceScout, and both native iOS and Android versions of Scout will be coming soon.


October 14, 2016

UW Tech Talks Nov. 14; submit a proposal by Oct. 31

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The University’s technology support community is invited to the fall quarter Campus Tech Talks on November 14 to share ideas, knowledge, and best practices in various IT areas. If you have a topic or case study to present, contact Stephen Bangs to submit a proposal by October 31. The event will take place at UW Seattle in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, from 10 a.m. to noon.


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