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January 2, 2018

W-2s will be mailed on January 25 – is your mailing address correct?

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More than 21,000 UW employees don’t have a mailing address designated in Workday. Make sure you’re not one of them. Verify your mailing address is correct to ensure timely and accurate delivery of your tax documents. Or better yet, opt out of paper tax forms entirely and access your W-2 online instead, two weeks earlier than if you wait for the mail. Update your address or opt out with these simple steps. Opt out deadline is January 5.


December 28, 2017

Share and access learning resources through Canvas Commons

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UW instructors can find, import and share learning resources in Canvas Commons, a repository available in Canvas, UW’s learning management system.  The content can include assignments, quizzes, presentations, images, videos, documents and other files to augment online learning. Sharing can be private, limited to a small group, available to others at UW or open to all Canvas users.


December 20, 2017

Email modernization effort includes retirement of Deskmail, Alpine and Pine by Dec. 31, 2018

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The UW is modernizing its email services, which will involve retiring Deskmail, Alpine and Pine by Dec. 31, 2018. The goals are to provide modern tools, to facilitate compliance and to protect sensitive data. The two email options, UW Exchange Online and UW Gmail, will be limited to current UW community members. Retirees and UW alumni will no longer have access to these services — with some exceptions, including emeriti faculty. UW-IT will offer online resources and migration tools to help users upgrade their services.


December 18, 2017

Reminder: Record Christmas, New Year’s holiday time off in Workday

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Don’t forget to record both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day as “Holiday Taken Time Off” in Workday. This applies to most UW employees, including staff who accrue time off and who would normally work on the day on which the holiday falls. However, Department of Intercollegiate Athletic coaches and academic personnel (faculty, residents and fellows and other academic staff) do not need to track time off for holidays in Workday. Medical Centers employees report time off for holiday hours in Kronos. Review the quick guide and full user guide for time off, and check out related information on the Time Off page of the Integrated Service Center website.


December 14, 2017

E-Resource: Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels

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Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels — brought to you by the UW Libraries — is a scholarly, primary-source digitized collection of adult comic books and graphic novels. The database includes work by artists revered and others disregarded, and contains interviews, criticism, and journal articles too. Browse by artist, character, subject and more.


December 11, 2017

IT collaborations transform the UW

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Read how UW-IT is collaborating with partners to advance research on microbes for a cleaner environment, predict flood risk in the Pacific Northwest, and connect health professionals across borders in Africa, and more in a series on UW-IT partnerships. UW-IT collaborates with partners across all three campuses, UW medical centers and global research operations to advance teaching, learning, innovation and discovery. Find out how in UW-IT’s 2017 Year in Partnerships.


December 8, 2017

Faculty: Sign up for Evidence-Based Teaching program and experiment with learning technologies

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Join a community of faculty invested in improving teaching and student learning outcomes using learning technologies and other pedagogical best practices. The Evidence-Based Teaching program provides on-demand support from pedagogy and tech experts and collaboration with peers across disciplines. Faculty participate in online discussion boards and bimonthly meetings, observe peers in their classrooms, and learn what research says about effective teaching, how to experiment with new approaches and how to conduct classroom-based research.


December 7, 2017

No more 24-hour wait to access your online tax forms

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Employees no longer need to wait 24 hours to access private tax information online. That security delay has been removed because you now access your tax forms when you sign in to Workday using two-factor authentication. This means you can access your W-2 online as soon as it becomes available – two weeks earlier than if you wait for the mail! Opt out of receiving paper tax forms with these simple steps.


December 6, 2017

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

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Find out how to recognize deceptive emails called phishing. There has been a recent uptick in the number of these scams that try to trick you into providing account names and passwords to gain access to 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.


December 5, 2017

Creation of new tools disabled for select Catalyst Web Tools on Dec. 22

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Six Catalyst Web tools — Collect It, CommonView, GoPost, QuickPoll, UMail and WebQ Quiz — are on a timeline to retire. Through Dec. 21, instructors can create new Catalyst tools for their winter and spring 2018 quarter classes. After that date, they can access their existing tools, but new tools cannot be created. The retirement stems from the University’s commitment to modernize our technology infrastructure and allocate resources to solutions that best meet demand. Find out about UW-IT’s plan to help users transition from Catalyst to alternative options.


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