October 14, 2013
UW faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants can get help preparing or moving courses into Canvas at UW-IT’s drop-in Canvas Studio Time sessions. Work with instructional technologists and others with Canvas expertise on October 28, November 25, and December 9, and every other Monday after that (except holidays), from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Odegaard Library, room 136.
October 11, 2013
All the teaching, learning, and research tools you have found on the LST website are moving to the new IT Connect site to take advantage of its streamlined design and navigation. The move also puts UW technology resources in one place, to make it easier for you to find the tools and news you need. The refreshed Learning Technologies Workshops is available now; online documentation for Canvas, Tegrity, Catalyst, and other tools will be available on IT Connect in November.
October 1, 2013
Want to learn more about using Microsoft, Adobe, or Google products? Consider fall Webinars for UW faculty, staff, and students offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). Read details about Microsoft Access 2010 Techniques—Beginner and Adobe Dreamweaver Techniques—Intermediate. Get information including fees for all upcoming Webinars—on Excel, Visio, Word, Google Analytics, Emerging Collaboration Technologies, and more—and register online.
September 24, 2013
To position UW Seattle to better respond to rapid changes in classroom technology, Classroom Support Services (CSS) has moved to UW Information Technology and changed its name to Classroom Technology & Events (CTE), effective July 1. CTE supports 300 general-use classrooms, oversees classroom construction projects, and provides event services. Over the summer, CTE expanded the digital equipment available for student loan, upgraded technology in many classrooms—with more planned in the next two years—and, with UW Libraries, created the new active learning classrooms in Odegaard Undergraduate Library.
September 20, 2013
Whether you want to learn Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, or the Canvas learning management system, UW-IT provides a variety of resources at no charge for UW students, faculty and staff. These learning tools include workshops and drop-in "Studio Times" at UW Seattle, as well as online curriculum, which is moving into the IT Connect website. Use the calendar to sign up for workshops.
September 19, 2013
A new report, “Coursera at the UW: The challenges, benefits, and surprises of teaching a MOOC”, explores the experiences of four UW faculty members who have each taught a Massive Open Online Course through Coursera. What are the pedagogical strategies for teaching a class of thousands? How does a global perspective affect course content? Do you then rethink your residential course? UW-IT researchers looked at all these issues and more in reporting on how this new technology is being used by our faculty in their teaching.
September 18, 2013
More than 1,800 UW students in 23 courses explored the use of online eTextbooks for four quarters, ending winter 2013, and found the two tested platforms do not offer significant advantages over printed textbooks at this time. Findings from the UW eText pilot also determined that students want to be able to read when offline, search within digital textbooks, and are very concerned about cost. The UW-IT report will help inform the UW and others in the continued move toward eTextbooks.
September 13, 2013
To help with long-term academic planning, UW students now can add “placeholders” in MyPlan to remind them of classes they need to take to meet their academic goals. Placeholders can include course categories and ranges such as CHEM 1XX. They also will be able to add notes to both courses and placeholders. This fall, students will be able to run “Plan Audits” on their entire plan, not just courses taken or registered for, to see if they are on target for meeting their program requirements. Advisers, too, will soon see added functionality, with the ability to run degree audits and plan audits within MyPlan on behalf of students, and recommend courses for specific quarters.
September 6, 2013
Canvas, the UW’s learning management system, now provides course access to non-matriculated students, guest lecturers, and others without a UW NetID, through integration with UW Groups Service. Canvas also provides the ability to assign administrative roles in the system to instructional, technology, and support staff, and those roles can now be more simply managed through ASTRA, the UW's central authorization management service. Learn how to grant authorization for Canvas in ASTRA.
August 21, 2013
UW instructors, staff, and students can request a Canvas course site to see how the UW’s learning management system works, to create non-academic content such as staff training or a program site, or to begin building a site in advance of official course provisioning. Canvas courses are now available two quarters in advance, allowing more time for course development. To help prepare, Canvas Studio Time has drop-in hours in Odegaard’s new active learning classrooms for help from instructional technologists and other Canvas experts. UW-IT also offers four Canvas workshops through September 19: Introduction, Quizzes, Outcomes and Rubrics, and Moving From Catalyst.