November 18, 2014
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
To ensure instructors have dependable teaching equipment in the more than 300 UW Seattle general-use classrooms, UW-IT has expanded its maintenance program to run until 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 have expressed appreciation for “understanding the importance of functioning classroom equipment” and the “fast response” to their emails. UW-IT’s Classroom Technology & Events unit provides this service, which includes equipment tutorials for instructors teaching night classes as well as after-hours help.
October 28, 2014
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.
October 27, 2014
Learn data analysis techniques to help you use data to spot trends and inform decision making. Free UW-IT workshops teach UW staff and faculty how to visualize their data using Tableau, a powerful data visualization tool, and perform drag and drop analysis using Excel. No programming skills required. Register online.
October 14, 2014
Take advantage of free technology workshops offered this quarter by UW-IT for UW students, faculty and staff. New workshops geared toward students include Adobe After Effects, a video editing program (Nov. 4). Microsoft PowerPoint Fundamentals is also offered (Nov. 17). Register for both online. Faculty can sign up for a two-part workshop (Oct. 21 and Nov. 4) on best practices in using TurnItIn as a pedagogical tool; offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning, UW Libraries and UW-IT.
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 9, 2014
UW students can learn about technology services and workshops available via short captioned videos produced by UW-IT Learning Technologies. Check out the tour of technology services for UW students and the one-minute technology workshops overview on the new UW-IT YouTube channel.
September 3, 2014
UW students, faculty and staff can get an introduction to HTML5 programming as part of a series of fall Webinars offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). Additional topics include techniques or tips and tricks for Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and Word, as well as Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox in Outlook. Most are 1.5 hours and $65 on a UW Budget. Register online.
August 11, 2014
Free workshops on UW’s new single solution for lecture capture, Panopto, are available this summer to help staff and faculty get ready for fall quarter. These two-hour introductory sessions, offered by UW-IT, are held in UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Register online for an upcoming class on August 21, August 25, September 3 or September 8. For more information about this tool, read the Panopto FAQs and visit the Panopto Help Center.