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.
August 6, 2013
This summer, UW faculty members and teaching assistants can work to integrate teaching with technology, including Canvas sites, into their fall courses, with colleagues from across campus as well as technology and pedagogy experts from UW-IT and the Center for Teaching and Learning. These Canvas studio times—highly rated by faculty participants in the Technology Teaching Fellows Institute—are now open to all UW instructors; just drop in to UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 13 and August 20 (room 136) and September 3 (room 102). The online Canvas for Instructors Help Center is always available, and more studio times will be offered this academic year.
July 9, 2013
UW students can now view almost 70 UW Tacoma spaces in SpaceScout, the mobile and Web-based application designed to help students locate UW study spaces that meet their needs. Some 200 UW Seattle spaces were included when the app was released last fall, and UW Bothell spaces will be added in the coming year. Read the Campus Technology Innovators Award 2013 article about SpaceScout, developed by UW-IT in collaboration with UW Libraries, Computing Directors, and Housing and Food Services, with funding from the Student Technology Fee Committee.
June 25, 2013
UW-IT is offering a short technology workshop series for UW students, faculty, and staff through August 30, aimed at teaching technology skills in graphics and design, Web development, video, and audio. Over the summer, the instructional team will tackle a major workshop curriculum improvement effort to better align online materials with in-workshop content, making it easier for students to learn and review on their own. The new curriculum will start this fall. Register now.