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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

June 27, 2017

Workday is live! Where to go for help

Person getting help in the ISC

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

Man in front of music production equipment

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

Man in front of video game screen

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

Woman in front of computer with ISC website on screen

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

Professor in front of class with students holding up cell phone

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

Computer in a cloud concept

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.

June 7, 2017

Review checklist, user guides to prepare for Workday go-live on June 27


Go to the Integrated Service Center website to view the “Get Ready for Workday” section, now featuring go-live checklists for employees. You can also see instructional videos and user guides. Remember to enroll in 2FA through Duo in order to be able to use Workday, starting June 27.

June 6, 2017

Learn to catch the phish: Protect your information and University data

Hook attached to username and password

Find out how to recognize deceptive emails called phishing; don’t be fooled by references to Workday and two-factor authentication. Learn to recognize scams that try to trick you into providing account names and passwords to gain access valuable personal and institutional data and resources. Phishing emails often use email links and attachments and try to persuade you to download seemingly benign files that contain various types of malicious software (malware), including ransomware. Keep your personal information and UW data secure.

June 5, 2017

Good-bye, SpaceScout. Hello, Scout!

Scout logo

Find your perfect study spot and more with Scout, the mobile-optimized web app that offers more options to help you discover valuable campus resources. Scout is replacing SpaceScout, the original app that helped you find campus study spaces and that will retire this summer. With Scout you can also identify food locations and technology equipment you can borrow on the UW’s three campuses. Filter on specifics like type of study area or open hours or type of technology, and Scout — funded in part by UW-IT and the Student Technology Fee — will help you find the resource you need.

June 1, 2017

Oral histories from the South Sound get a second – digitized – life

Michael Honey with a guitar

UW Tacoma Professor Michael K. Honey digitized 20 years-worth of interviews his students conducted with community leaders, blue-collar workers, minorities, Native Americans and others in South Sound, giving a second life to these underrepresented voices and stories. The digitalized oral history collection is now available through UW Libraries. Michael Honey was featured in the Innovators Among Us series produced by the Office of the Provost, UW-IT, Center for Teaching and Learning, and UW Libraries.

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