July 2, 2014
Learn the tools and techniques to start using and making the most of University data through four free workshops for UW faculty and staff, all from UW-IT. These one- or two-hour courses include the Enterprise Data Warehouse, handling data to see trends and patterns, and Tableau software for creating dynamic visualizations of large data sets, with a one-day “fundamentals” class for the Tableau Desktop beginner. Register online.
June 27, 2014
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 2, 2014
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
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 December 31.
May 30, 2014
SpaceScout, an application that helps UW students find the perfect study space on campus, will soon include the option to rate and review spaces and send messages to friends about ones they've found. In addition, students will be able to sync a list of favorite spaces across the Web and iOS versions. Read how one grad student uses SpaceScout and learn more about SpaceScout.
May 12, 2014
With “Schedule Builder” in MyPlan, the UW’s academic planning tool, students can see which courses and sections will best fit their calendar for upcoming quarters. Students can select “Schedule Builder” in the Quarter Details page for any quarter with a published time schedule, and save up to three schedule options to consider later. They'll also receive alerts when desired sections are restricted, closed or conflict with registered courses. When it’s time to register, students can refer to their saved schedules for easy access to course and section information.
May 9, 2014
UW instructors can try out the enhanced Conversations (inbox) and Gradebook in Canvas Learning Management System before they become the default on May 24. Also, in June, the much-requested "Draft State" course-level feature will become available, allowing content in Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, Pages and Modules to exist in an unpublished (draft) state. Get details about Draft State and watch a four-minute overview video.
May 1, 2014
Join faculty members for five-minute “enLightning” talks about transforming courses from traditional to hybrid or online. Technology Teaching Fellows from Chemistry, Philosophy, Geology, Education, American Indian Studies, and the College of the Environment will describe some of the techniques they used to alter their courses at the talk, on May 13 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Odegaard Library, room 220. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and UW-IT. Register now.
April 13, 2014
Students preparing presentations on their research or other work can get help at several upcoming technology workshops. A new Academic Poster Design workshop on May 1 provides just-in-time help for students in the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students who need to present work online or through video may benefit from UW-IT’s other workshops on Final Cut, iMovie and Web development technologies; register today.
April 11, 2014
A new Canvas App Center in the Canvas Learning Management System provides easy access to third-party tools designed to enhance the learning experience by bringing additional resources and activities into the course setting. These tools offer UW instructors single sign-on and integration with Canvas. UW-IT has reviewed the App Center listings and has only included tools that operate via a secure connection, offer customer support and function as advertised. Learn more.