February 3, 2015
Adobe recently announced licensing changes for Creative Suite, effective February 27, 2015, that moves it to a subscription-based service. While ongoing negotiations by the UW with Adobe have yet to reach a cost-effective solution for an Adobe Creative Cloud campus license, departments have several options. They can continue to use Creative Suite 6, or adopt Adobe’s new per device and/or named user licensing model, or purchase free or low-cost alternatives. Get details.
January 30, 2015
UW faculty and staff now have the same free access to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus as UW students. The UW’s subscription provides online distribution of Office applications for installation on up to five PCs or Macs and up to five Windows tablets, iPads or smartphones—on both personal and UW-owned computers and devices. It includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Lync and Access. Visit the IT Connect UWare page to get details and download instructions for Office 365 ProPlus. This program is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee.
October 11, 2014
Tableau, the easy-to-use and powerful data visualization tool, now runs natively on Macs. Tableau software is free to full-time students as well as faculty teaching with Tableau. Learn more.
October 9, 2014
UW’s new lecture capture solution, Panopto, is now available on all three campuses, following its successful pilot during the last academic year. Panopto offers superior reliability, easier video sharing with UW Canvas, a full-featured video editor and timely technical support. Learn more, register for a workshop or log in to Panopto. Also, UW-IT will move your Tegrity recordings to Panopto, upon request.
October 8, 2014
Canvas, UW’s learning management system, has several new features this fall. The UW 4.0 Grade Scale makes it easier to set up and apply a 4.0 scale to assignments in a Canvas course. The highly requested draft state lets instructors control the visibility of content such as pages, assignments, quizzes or modules. Library resources, now available by default in the course navigation, provide students with links to relevant subject guides, research resources and contact information right from their Canvas course. Learn more online or register for a workshop.
September 24, 2014
Just in time for fall quarter, a more dynamic MyUW Mobile makes it easy for UW students to track registration and get details about classes, textbooks and other academic information on any mobile device. What is displayed will change as the quarter progresses, from registration and class and schedule information to links to grades after quarter’s end. UW-IT built the new platform with input from students, who said they wanted personalized content and help with time management. See Meet the New MyUW Mobile page.
September 15, 2014
Find out more about the free technology, discounts and services available to you as a UW student at the Technology Expo on September 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Visit booths from several UW units, and also from Microsoft, Tableau, Apple, Parallels and more. Enter the student drawing for a chance to win prizes like iPad Minis, an Xbox One and a Dell Venue 7 tablet. The first 1000 attendees will receive a free T-shirt.
September 14, 2014
Did you know that the UW provides popular software for its students, faculty and staff at reduced or no cost through “UWare,” thanks to licensing agreements with vendors? The UWare service is a collaboration among UW Purchasing, UW-IT and other departments to provide a cost-effective way to license and distribute widely used software such as Microsoft products, Sophos anti-virus, Matlab, Tableau and more. Learn about what software is available for download at the UWare website.
June 23, 2014
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 3, 2014
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.