June 2014

June 27, 2014

Hand-off to Registration Added to MyPlan, the UW’s Award-Winning Academic Planning Tool

student at computer

New features in MyPlan allow UW students to build schedules, find classes that meet specific day and time criteria, and hand-off a schedule of classes to the UW's registration system. These high priority needs, identified by students, bring more of the information and tasks associated with preparing for registration into an integrated system. Also, on June 1, MyPlan was one of 11 winners selected from 215 entries to receive a 2014 Campus Technology Innovator award in the Student Systems and Services category.

June 23, 2014

New Tableau 8.2 Visualization Software Also for Macs

data map

Tableau 8.2, released June 19, is the first version of this easy-to-use data analysis visualization tool to run natively on the Mac. It provides faster loading and new map designs and supports high resolution images, letting you display large data sets and communicate information in a powerful way. Tableau is available at no cost to full-time students as well as faculty teaching with Tableau, and at a reduced cost for all other faculty and staff. Learn more. Also, faculty and staff can sign up for free Tableau workshops offered by UW-IT.

June 20, 2014

New Single Point of Contact for UW-IT

central help desk

UW-IT now has a new single point of contact to make it easy to get technology help with just one phone number (1-5000) and one email address (help@uw.edu). Also, a redesigned 1-5000 phone menu provides information callers need more quickly, thanks to input from the campus community. Detailed contact and walk-in location information for the UW-IT Service Center and Help Desks can be found on the Get Help page in IT Connect.

June 9, 2014 HuskyBytes

Software Test Engineer Position

Become a Software Test Engineer for UW-IT's Academic & Collaborative Applications (ACA) team, and start your career in the exciting field of software quality assurance and development.


The mission here at ACA is to develop and integrate with innovative applications that make the teaching and learning experience a better experience for everyone involved. Our team has brought you such applications as Canvas LMS, SpaceScout, Notify.UW, OneDrive Pro, Catalyst Web Tools, and other popular Web-based software applications used for courses, collaboration, and research here at the UW.


As a Software Test Engineer or STE, you will work with the development team in an agile environment to ensure that the quality of existing functionality and new features consistently meets the high standards that our users expect. 

Software Test Engineers will have the opportunity to gain experience with agile software development methods, such as SCRUM, a highly sought after skill that has been adopted by many software development teams worldwide and Test Driven Development (TDD.) You will have the opportunity to be an integral part of our close-knit software development team, which is made up of intelligent, talented individuals who share a passion for creating cutting-edge software tools that meet the highest standards of quality. STEs have the chance to learn about user-centered design, first hand. Our team of passionate, creative user experience designers conducts extensive research and usability studies, the results of which help them create a user interface that is both innovative and intuitive, allowing the best user experience possible.

Not only will you sharpen and hone your technical skill set, but the real world experience you gain during your time with ACA will set you apart from other candidates going forward, giving you an edge when you apply for that next position. You will not only gain an in-depth understanding of Web architecture, you will be a contributing member of the Quality Assurance team and be involved in all aspects of the development process. You will gain skills in test case design and execution as well as defect investigation and verification. You will also have the opportunity to develop your coding skills in Python, Perl, and JavaScript by expanding on unit tests and developing front end automation scripts using Selenium. Most importantly, you will exercise your critical problem-solving skills by learning to think outside the box.

What You'll Do:

  • Familiarize yourself with current projects and learn about Web architecture
  • Analyze technical design specifications for feasibility and to ensure that requirements are being met
  • Write test cases and/or test plans as needed based on design specifications for new features
  • Perform manual black-box testing a.k.a 'Break Things!' as part of the functional testing process
  • Perform white box testing as necessary
  • Perform penetration testing as necessary
  • Develop and extend unit tests in Python
  • Automate existing integration and acceptance tests where appropriate using Selenium or other test tools
  • Write detailed bug reports by providing clear step-by-step instructions so that others may reproduce the issue
  • Mentor and provide direction for other undergraduate testing staff as you gain experience
  • Communicate status with the QA Lead and the rest of the development team
  • Take on other projects assigned to you as necessary

Who You Are:

You have the natural curiosity that is characteristic of great software engineers. You are driven by the impulse to lift the hood and look inside, learn how it works, then test and push limits. You are intelligent, motivated, detail oriented, well organized, flexible but driven, and know how to communicate well, as you will be an integral member of a fast-paced team. You don't settle for "just ok." You set high standards for yourself and this is reflected in your work. Most importantly, you are a team player who is willing to work hard, have a sense of humor, and have fun in the process.

Desired Technical Skills: 

  • Working knowledge of web architecture
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, and other Web-related languages and markup
  • Familiarity with scripting languages such as JavaScript or PERL or an object-oriented language such as Python or C#
  • Selenium and SCRUM are a plus!


To be a successful contributor, Software Test Engineers are expected to work a MINIMUM of 10 hours per week -- preferably more as your schedule permits -- up to 19.5 hours per week. Work hours can be somewhat flexible, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. After the initial probationary period, the ability to work from home on occasion may be granted. A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.

Submit resumes to the following Catalyst Dropbox: https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/tbohn/32295

June 9, 2014 HuskyBytes

Student Web Developer Opportunity

UW-IT maintains a number of Web sites and intranets in order to provide information about our web tools, technology spaces, and services to the UW community, as well as provide technical information and tools to UW-IT staff.

The Student Web Developer is responsible for assisting in development and maintenance of UW-IT web properties. He or she posts content, designs new pages, assists in developing Web tools for internal and external use, and fixes bugs. This position provides flexible hours and ample opportunity to learn.


  • Development of new pages or features for websites and applications
  • General maintenance of pages in content management systems such as WordPress or Drupal
  • Check websites for quality and integrity of information
  • Help plan, develop, and maintain web-based tools
  • Attend regular team meetings
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Must be a matriculated UW student
  • Must be available to work at least Summer Quarter 2014 through Winter Quarter 2015
  • Must have experience with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and be able to provide examples
  • Must have a clear understanding of web standards and how to design pages within those standards
  • Experience with server-side and/or client-side web programming
  • Experience programming in Python, PHP, or Perl desired, or
  • Experience programming iOS or Android apps desired, or
  • Web design experience desired, or
  • Linux skills desired
  • Familiarity with Agile software development practices desired
  • Experience in JavaScript libraries like jQuery, YUI, etc. desired

To be a successful contributor, Student Developers are expected to work a MINIMUM of 12 hours per week -- preferably more as your schedule permits -- up to 19.5 hours per week. Work hours can be somewhat flexible, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. After the initial probationary period, the ability to work from home on occasion may be granted.

A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.

To apply, submit your resume and a code sample (non-classwork code is preferred) to this Catalyst Dropbox: https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/assignment/cstimmel/1825/130232

Applications are due on June 26, 2014 at 5pm.


June 3, 2014 HuskyBytes

UW Students: Get Office 365 ProPlus Through Microsoft Student Advantage

Student working at a computer

As of June 3, UW students can obtain Office 365 ProPlus under the Microsoft Student Advantage program, which provides Office applications for installation on up to five Windows or Mac computers as well as on iPads. Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions under the Student Advantage program expire when students leave the UW. Visit the UWare page in IT Connect to get more information and instructions on how to download it.

June 2, 2014

Captioning UW Videos: New Service Available

Captioned video

UW faculty, staff and departments now have an easy way to caption videos, making them more accessible, through an arrangement with Automatic SyncTechnologies. Captioning a 5-minute video, for example, could cost as little as $6.00 and take only 20 minutes. Information about captioning UW videos with CaptionSync is available on the revamped Accessible Technology at the UW website. For student accommodation requests to caption a lecture video, contact UW Disability Resources for Students.

June 1, 2014

Coming Soon: New UW Lecture Capture System—Panopto

students in lecture hall

A single solution for lecture capture, Panopto, will be available to all UW campuses on July 1 to replace both Tegrity and UW Coursecasting. Results from a needs assessment and pilot showed that Panopto is the best-performing tool, is user-friendly and provides easy Canvas integration. UW-IT will begin offering Panopto workshops this summer and will migrate content for users who wish to move existing Tegrity recordings into Panopto.  The Tegrity service will be retired on April 10, 2015.