October 2013

October 28, 2013

UW Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation With Technology: Nominations Due Dec. 2

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Nominations are now open for the UW’s new “Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation With Technology” to honor outstanding faculty or teams who enhance student engagement and learning by innovatively incorporating technology into their teaching. Current tenure-track faculty, lecturers, and instructors from any UW campus are eligible; faculty who have already received a Distinguished Teaching Award are not. Submission deadline is Monday, December 2, by 5:00 p.m. Learn more and begin the nomination process. Send questions to dta@uw.edu

October 15, 2013

Microsoft Software Available to UW Faculty, Staff, and Students

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UW faculty and staff can continue to access popular Microsoft software—Office, Visio Premium, Project Professional, and Visual Studio—on all UW-owned computers at no cost to them under the UW’s renewed Microsoft Software Agreement, effective October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. The cost is covered by the Technology Recharge Fee. Staff and faculty also can download Microsoft Office for their home computers for a small fee. Thanks to the Student Technology Fee, students can continue to download Office 2010 or 2013 for PC, Office 2011 for Mac, and Windows 7 and 8. Get details on UWare.

October 14, 2013

Canvas Studio Time Sessions for Faculty, Instructors, and Teaching Assistants

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UW faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants can get help preparing or moving courses into Canvas at UW-IT’s drop-in Canvas Studio Time sessions. Work with instructional technologists and others with Canvas expertise on October 28, November 25, and December 9, and every other Monday after that (except holidays), from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Odegaard Library, room 136.

October 13, 2013

“Life Beyond the Textbook” Ignite! Event at UW Seattle—Oct. 24

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Learn about the state of digital texts at an Ignite! event on October 24, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Odegaard Library, room 220. UW faculty and staff share how they have engaged students in new forms of reading, brought assignments to life, improved student outcomes, and built text and simulation systems from scratch. Ignite! sessions are fast-paced—presenters have exactly five minutes to share stories, ideas and strategies. The event begins with brief lessons learned from the recent UW-IT eTextbooks pilot. Learn more.

October 11, 2013

Find Canvas, Tegrity, Catalyst and Other LST Resources on IT Connect

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All the teaching, learning, and research tools you have found on the LST website are moving to the new IT Connect site to take advantage of its streamlined design and navigation. The move also puts UW technology resources in one place, to make it easier for you to find the tools and news you need. The refreshed Learning Technologies Workshops is available now; online documentation for Canvas, Tegrity, Catalyst, and other tools will be available on IT Connect in November. 

October 10, 2013

E-RESOURCE: Help Evaluate Potential Databases for UW Libraries

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Help the UW Libraries evaluate the research and teaching potential of new databases with databases “on trial”. As funding for these databases is limited, your feedback will help decide which ones are added. UW students, faculty, and staff have  temporary access to these databases, which include primary documents, industry reports, government documents, video, and more, so take a look and weigh in soon.

October 9, 2013

Microsoft Products for File Storage, Collaboration Now Available: UW SkyDrive Pro and UW Lync

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New optional file storage/sharing and collaboration services from Microsoft are now available at no additional fee to UW students, faculty, and staff. UW SkyDrive Pro provides 25GB of cloud-based file storage. UW Lync offers online meetings (with voice, video, and screen-sharing), virtual whiteboards, instant messaging, presence indication, and more. Both services are HIPAA and FERPA compliant.

October 8, 2013

Redesigned UW Libraries Website Streamlined for All Devices

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The redesigned UW Libraries website features a fresh look and streamlined navigation to the most popular services and resources, including special menus for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty/staff, K-12 visitors, and more. And the “off-campus access button” is gone; just click on the resource you want and you will be prompted for your UW NetID when necessary. The new site, designed with the user’s needs in mind, works with any device. Your feedback will inform ongoing improvements.

October 1, 2013

Register for Fall Tech Webinars Offered by UW POD

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Want to learn more about using Microsoft, Adobe, or Google products? Consider fall Webinars for UW faculty, staff, and students offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). Read details about Microsoft Access 2010 Techniques—Beginner and Adobe Dreamweaver Techniques—Intermediate. Get information including fees for all upcoming Webinars—on Excel, Visio, Word, Google Analytics, Emerging Collaboration Technologies, and more—and register online.