Information technology tools and resources at the UW
February 21, 2017
Can video games solve world problems?
UW professors teamed up to create EarthGamesUW, which offers students and others at the UW a chance to design video games that are fun to play and enhance understanding about climate change. Students design games that are scientifically accurate and convey an important message, making these games effective tools for learning. The effort is featured in the Innovators Among Us series produced by the Office of the Provost, UW-IT, the Center for Teaching and Learning and UW Libraries.
February 16, 2017
Digital storytelling can be powerful tool for teaching and learning
As humans, we’re drawn to stories. UW Bothell professor Jane Van Galen shares how digital storytelling can be a powerful tool for teaching and learning, providing insight into the broader human experience. Digital storytelling uses various multimedia tools—video, audio, graphics and the web. Van Galen is featured in the Innovators Among Us series produced by the Office of the Provost, UW-IT, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and UW Libraries.
February 15, 2017
TechConnect Conference will focus on Transformative IT—The New Normal
Learn about innovative IT solutions that will ignite your creativity and imagination at the all-day TechConnect Conference on March 23 in the Husky Union Building at UW Seattle. The conference features keynote speaker Brian McDonald, a national expert in developing leadership and strategic-thinking skills, and 18 presentations from IT professionals across the UW. Share your ideas and create professional connections with others across the University’s information technology community.
February 10, 2017
How will you know if there is an emergency on campus?
Sign up for UW Alert, a free service for the UW community, for 24/7 notifications about emergencies or situations that might pose a safety threat or disrupt normal operations. Get information by email or text message to help you make decisions and be prepared. Telephone carrier fees may apply. The UW Alert blog has more details during incidents as information becomes available.
February 9, 2017
Providing faster financial aid decisions to students and families
Students and families are receiving financial aid decisions faster thanks to a new paperless electronic application process developed by the Office of Student Financial Aid in partnership with UW Information Technology. The office receives more than 79,000 applications every year for financial aid. During peak submission periods, students and their families may wait up to three months for a decision. The three-year modernization effort underway is speeding up this process.
February 7, 2017
E-RESOURCE: Independent Voices
Learn how movements for social change, particularly from the 1960s to the 1980s, found their voices in the alternative press. Independent Voices is a digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals during a transformative period of history by feminists, anti-war activists, campus protesters, LGBTQ and minority advocates, and right-wing press groups. Independent Voices and other e-newspapers are brought to you by UW Libraries.
February 3, 2017
New HR/Payroll system on track to launch in mid-June
Get ready to use the UW’s new HR/Payroll system—Workday—which launches in June, with most of the trainings beginning in May. HR administrators and major users of the system will need 8 to 10 hours of class time; other faculty, staff and student workers can take computer-based training or follow online user guides to navigate the system. The easy-to-use software will help meet the growing needs of our world-class research institution and respond to changing compliance requirements. The first paycheck in the new system comes out in July.
February 2, 2017
Keep your computer in good health with free workshop
Sign up for a UW-IT Computer Vet Clinic on Feb. 7, Feb. 14 or Feb. 28, free workshops that cover virus protection, computer backup and cloud storage. Open to UW students, faculty and staff, the workshops are 3:30-4:30 p.m. in UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 320. Bring a laptop. Space is limited, so register early.
February 1, 2017
Feb. 16 Tech Talks: Multi-factor authentication, building smarter APIs and System Center
Join UW’s technology support community and share IT resources and foster connections at the next Campus Tech Talks from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 220. Learn about multi-factor authentication, an authentication system that goes beyond a user name and password; how a revolutionary new model for computing will change the way we think about application programming interfaces (API); and how Microsoft’s System Center products are being used to support UW servers and work stations at the UW and worldwide.
January 31, 2017
It’s not too late! Submit application for free UW video captioning
You can apply to have your UW video captioned by UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services for no charge, making it more accessible to everyone. Competitive applications are for videos that will be widely available and used multiple times. Accessible Technology Services in UW-IT has already worked on 102 videos, totaling 49 hours of free captioning for individuals, departments, and other units at the UW.