March 6, 2015
Improvements to Canvas gradebook are underway to better support UW grading practices, thanks to input from UW instructors. Last autumn, instructors from nine different departments met with Canvas gradebook designers to share their experience using this assessment tool. Read more about how the vendor engaged with UW instructors and UW-IT, which manages the UW’s Canvas learning management system, to understand the challenges and make Canvas more usable for everyone.
March 5, 2015
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.
February 10, 2015
UW students on all three campuses now have more study spaces to choose from when using the UW’s SpaceScout Web app to discover their perfect study spot. At UW Seattle, 50 more spaces have been added for a total of 250 study spots. UW Bothell students now can explore nearly 70 spaces, while UW Tacoma students have 68 spaces to consider. Go to spacescout.uw.edu and select your campus.
February 9, 2015
UW instructors who use the Canvas learning management system for their courses will soon have more options for integrating audio and video content by using fee-based MediaAMP, the cloud-based content-sharing tool offered by UW-IT. This solution works well for people with existing media collections as well as for those who record content with Panopto, Camtasia, Mediasite and many other systems. For more information about MediaAMP Media Manager for Canvas, register for the Info Session on February 23 to see a demo of this and other digital media tools.
January 21, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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.