May 13, 2015 HuskyBytes
UW-IT maintains a number of websites and applications in order to provide information about our services and other resources available to UW students, staff, and faculty.
The Student Developer is responsible for assisting in development and maintenance of UW-IT web and software properties. He or she fixes bugs and develops improvements for a variety of websites and applications. This position provides flexible hours and ample opportunity to learn. (more…)
U Drive, the UW’s central personal file storage service, now offers 20GB of quota to UW students, faculty and staff. This increased capacity will help meet the needs of those with larger amounts of data. Managed by UW-IT, U Drive offers general-purpose, backed-up file storage with snapshots for self-recovery. The Student Technology Fee Committee funds the student quota; the employee quota is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee. Get more information about U Drive.
Get access to one of the most famous records of the civil rights movement through the History Vault collection’s new digitized archive of documents from the Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Covering 1909 to 1972, the NAACP Papers document the realities of segregation in the early 20th century to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Produced through a partnership between the NAACP and ProQuest, its two million pages include internal memos, legal briefings, timelines and more. This UW-restricted resource is brought to you by University Libraries.
Information technology enthusiasts from across the UW will gather on Wednesday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220 to share their knowledge and experiences at the spring quarter Campus Tech Talks. Presentations include OneNote for Collaboration, Research and Documentation; Successes and Challenges With Lean/Agile Development; Release Automation and Puppet; and UW-IT Data Center Services.
UW students and faculty are much more satisfied with Wi-Fi on campus and in instructional spaces compared with students and faculty at peer institutions, according to a 2014 survey about technology experiences at the UW and other universities. UW students also rate ease of login and network performance higher than students at other colleges. The survey is conducted every spring by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) in conjunction with UW-IT.
A random sample of UW students, faculty and staff from all three campuses will be invited to complete a brief survey in early May about their experiences with UW-IT. The survey will ask about customer experiences with a selection of services including email@example.com, collaborative tools, Wi-Fi, classrooms, research technologies and more. If you are invited, please take the survey to provide your feedback to UW-IT. The confidential survey will be administered by the UW Office of Educational Assessment, with results reported in the fall.
UW students will soon see upcoming happenings that might be of interest to them, based on their major, on MyUW mobile’s just released “Relevant Events.” MyUW mobile pulls event data from departmental calendars that use the UW’s event calendar software, Trumba, and displays it for students. Learn more about how it works. Only calendars that run on Trumba can show events on MyUW mobile through this new integration. Departments that want to switch to Trumba can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
MyUW Mobile usage has increased 90 percent, with 1.1 million pageviews since the September 2014 update was released. This and other data suggest that the updated design, informed by user study data, is meeting student needs. The site provides on-the-go access to timely information such as final grades. If you have not tried it, visit MyUW with your mobile device.
The benefits of adding captions to videos are highlighted in a new eight-minute UW-IT video featuring UW professors, students, and accessibility and IT specialists sharing their experiences. The video, Captions: Improving Access to Postsecondary Education, shows that captions not only benefit those who are deaf or hard of hearing, but also help students for whom English is not their primary language, as well as support video search and interactive transcripts. Watch Captions and get more information about creating accessible videos.
Students and faculty desire greater access to learning analytics, according to a 2014 survey of UW faculty and undergraduate students about their technology experiences at the UW. Additionally, students expressed an interest in personalized notifications on degree planning guidance, such as course recommendations based on previous registrations, and information on academic resources such as tutoring. The survey is conducted annually each spring by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) in conjunction with UW-IT. The findings are used to inform UW-IT’s future plans for improving the student experience.