Teaching & Learning

January 21, 2015

Putting Technology in Practice: Register for February Workshops

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UW instructors are invited to “In Practice” workshops in February, on using technology in ways that advance student learning and engagement. Methods and examples will be shared by a Center for Teaching and Learning consultant, a UW-IT instructional technologist and a guest faculty speaker. Winter 2015 topics include Tweeting From the Classroom (February 10), Using Video for Student Assessment and Feedback (February 17) and Clickers and Classroom Response: Evidence-Based Practices (February 24). Sessions are in Odegaard Undergraduate Library from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. Get details and register online.

January 12, 2015

Survey Finds Mobile Device Use at UW Continues to Rise

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Use of mobile devices by UW students continues to grow, according to data from the most recent EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) study of undergraduate students on information technology. An analysis of the data by UW-IT indicates that the use of mobile devices for academic purposes has increased at the UW; students use handheld devices to complete a wide range of academic tasks; and faculty see mobile devices as both a distraction and a valuable learning tool. Learn more about mobile use and view all survey data.

January 11, 2015

Free UW-IT Technology Workshops on UW Tools

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UW students editing video or designing research posters, instructors transitioning to new lecture capture tools, and staff brushing up on basic technology skills can all find help through UW-IT's free technology workshops. New offerings include Google and Microsoft business and efficiency tools, enhanced Canvas workshops and other useful options for the UW community. See the list of workshops available winter quarter, and sign up today.

January 8, 2015

IT TRAINING: Free Data Analysis Workshops

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Learn about analyzing data using Microsoft Excel PivotTables or Tableau Desktop software in free UW-IT workshops. Available to UW staff and faculty, these workshops help you explore how to visually represent your UW data with charts and graphs, and cover best practices for sharing your data. No programming skills are required. Register online.

January 7, 2015

Improved Sound Studio at UW Seattle Now Available

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A major update to the Odegaard Library Sound Studio provides a simpler, quieter place for recording, editing and creating digital audio, thanks to work from UW-IT, UW Libraries and funding from the Student Technology Fee Committee. The “new” Sound Studio has a simpler user interface, unobtrusive cabling and a “WhisperRoom” isolation booth for higher quality voice recording with handheld instruments. It can be reserved for free by UW students, faculty and staff, and workshops cover the technologies available in the studio.

January 2, 2015

Register for UW POD Webinars: Email, Presentations and More

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UW students, faculty and staff can register now for winter quarter webinars offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). New this quarter is Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox — Google Apps, which complements the same course for Outlook. Also, the popular Creating Engaging Presentations With Prezi is offered solely to a UW audience on February 10. See the full list of POD webinars; most last 90 minutes and cost $65 on a UW Budget.

November 18, 2014

Technology’s Power to Improve Learning Is Focus of Provost’s Report

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The use of technology to engage students and improve learning is highlighted in the latest Provost’s report. Part of a series on trends and issues in higher education, the report focuses on the innovative work of 20 faculty and staff at UW’s three campuses who are using video, lecture capture, online discussions and other teaching technologies to reach their learning goals. Links to teaching with technology resources, both centrally and at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma, are included.

November 12, 2014

UW-IT Expands Evening Maintenance to Keep Classroom Equipment Working at UW Seattle

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To ensure instructors have dependable teaching equipment in more than 300 UW Seattle general-use classrooms, UW-IT’s Classroom Technology & Events has expanded its maintenance program to midnight. Projectors, speakers, microphones, laptop cables and desktop computers now can be continually tested, repaired or replaced, and ready for use the next day. Instructors expressed appreciation for “understanding the importance of functioning classroom equipment” and “fast response” to their emails. This service includes equipment tutorials for night-class instructors and after-hours help.

October 28, 2014

Use MyPlan to Register for Classes

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MyPlan, the UW’s academic planning tool, now offers students two paths to register for classes. Students can compare course sections side-by-side using Schedule Builder, create a schedule that best fits their quarter goals, and then select  “View/Register” to hand off their courses to the Registration system. Alternatively, students can add courses and sections to their plan, check the Registration box to see if their courses are ready to send, and then select the “Register” button to begin the hand-off process. View the MyPlan registration video.