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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

December 7, 2015

Cloud Day @ UW a Success; Materials Online

audience at presentation

Cloud Day @ UW, hosted in November by UW-IT and the eScience Institute, was a hit, with 97 percent of those surveyed interested in attending another such event in the future. Over 20 presentations on the benefits of cloud technologies were provided by UW faculty, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others. UW faculty, staff and students from all three campuses attended, representing most UW colleges, schools and administrative units. Videos of the Keynote and Panel presentations are posted, as well as presentation slides and event photos.

December 4, 2015

Mobile Device Use Among UW Students Continues to Rise

student on cell phone

The number of UW students using their mobile phones for educational purposes continues to increase, according to data from the most recent EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) study of undergraduate students and information technology. This maintains a trend identified by last year’s survey. An analysis of the data by UW-IT suggests that the UW would benefit from a mobile teaching and learning initiative to guide the effective use of mobile devices in the classroom. Explore the research through interactive Tableau dashboards that allow different views of the data.

December 3, 2015

New “Clickers in the Classroom” Book Includes UW Expertise

book cover

UW expertise is featured in a new book—Clickers in the Classroom: Using Classroom Response Systems to Increase Student Learning—that presents research and examples from 20 years of clicker use in higher education. Co-authored and edited by UW-IT instructional designer Peter Wallis, and director of UW Bothell Teaching and Learning Center David Goldstein, the book also includes additional UW faculty contributors. Get details.

November 30, 2015

E-RESOURCE: Pop Culture Universe

soup can art by Andy Warhol

Popular culture—fads, fashion, food, technology and phrases from the 1920s to today—is now at your fingertips in Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas. This comprehensive digital library of encyclopedias, primary sources, advertisements and images also features an “Ideas Exchange” section with peer-reviewed essays from authors responding to “enduring questions” about music, the Internet, social networking and more. You can search by decade and by topics such as architecture, film, technology and media. Brought to you by the UW Libraries.

November 23, 2015

New Higher Ed IT Resources Available to UW Community

worket at computer

UW students, faculty and staff now can access a wealth of research on information technology and information management topics at no cost through the Educational Advisory Board (EAB) IT Forum, a new resource provided by UW-IT. Topic areas include data governance, analytics, student success, and general measures and metrics available through online articles, webinars and in-person consultation. The EAB has more than 650 researchers, consultants and technologists serving over 1,000 colleges and universities across North America. View the UW-IT video to learn more and get started.

November 20, 2015

Innovators Among Us: Bringing the Real World of Language to the Classroom

Betsy Evans

Read how UW linguistics professor Betsy Evans uses a number of technologies to bring the real world of language to the classroom in the latest “Innovators Among Us” story. Evans uses Canvas, UW’s learning management system, and clickers, an audience response system that allows the entire class to respond to questions on a screen, in addition to multimedia presentations to help explain subtle language concepts to her students. Also, don’t miss the newly posted five tips to getting the most out of Active Learning Classrooms.


November 9, 2015

Active Learning Classroom Open House, UW Seattle: Nov. 19

Active Learning Classroom

Faculty and instructors curious about active learning at the UW are invited to an open house on November 19, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., at UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library, in Active Learning Classroom 136. You will have a chance to chat with instructors across campus who will share their active learning strategies and experiences in this showcase event. Registration is appreciated.


November 3, 2015

UW Campus Tech Talks: Dec. 3

speaker and audience at last Tech Talks

The UW technology support community is invited to Campus Tech Talks on December 3 to share ideas, expertise, case studies and more. If you have a topic to present, contact Stephen Bangs by November 6. The event will take place in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

November 2, 2015

First Cloud Day @ UW: Nov. 12


Come to Cloud Day @ UW on November 12 and find out how cloud-based products from Amazon, Google and Microsoft can help solve technology issues and take your research to the next level. All UW students, faculty and staff are invited to this free, all-day HUB event, hosted by UW-IT and the UW eScience Institute. You’ll have over 20 presentations to choose from, including the keynote address from Bruce Vincent, Chief IT Architect and Technology Strategist at Stanford University. Reserve your spot.

October 30, 2015

UW Students Ramp Up Computational Research

High Performance Computing club logo

More than 90 students in 20 departments—part of the new UW High Performance Computing Club—use the UW’s shared high performance computing cluster (Hyak) to advance their research. The club provides training and access to computing nodes, purchased with Student Technology Fee Committee funds. UW-IT manages Hyak, and ordered and readied the equipment for the club’s use. Examples of research include a Biology PhD student exploring phylogenetics among avian systems, and a Chemical Engineering PhD student examining protein adsorption and enzyme stability. Go to Getting Started on Hyak to request an account; email to get on the mailing list.

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