January 30, 2015

UW Employees Now Can Get Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at No Cost

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UW faculty and staff now have the same free access to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus as UW students. The UW’s subscription provides online distribution of Office applications for installation on up to five PCs or Macs and up to five Windows tablets, iPads or smartphones—on both personal and UW-owned computers and devices. It includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Lync and Access. Visit the IT Connect UWare page to get details and download instructions for Office 365 ProPlus. This program is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee.

January 28, 2015

Open Source Software Academia Town Hall at UW Seattle: February 2

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UW students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend an evening of discussion focused on “What can academia learn from open source?” on Monday, February 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the UW Physics/Astronomy Auditorium at UW Seattle. A panel of six experts will discuss the vital role of software in academia and how institutions must adapt to support software tools and their producers. A reception follows. Get your free tickets.

January 26, 2015

UW Data and Analytics: When Having the Right Data Counts

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The new UW Data & Analytics website showcases how UW faculty and staff can use central UW data to inform their decision-making. On this mobile friendly, accessible site you can request access to enterprise reports, analytics and data, browse online and workshop training or join a user group, and subscribe to news and alerts. The site provides quick links to the Business Intelligence Portal and the UW Profiles data visualization tool, as well as information to better understand, work with and use data.

January 21, 2015

Putting Technology in Practice: Register for February Workshops

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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 13, 2015

Mobile UW: New Look, Improved Access to UW Resources

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A major redesign of m.UW, the UW’s mobile app, makes it easier to access other popular UW mobile resources — including OneBusAway, SpaceScout, IT Connect and MyUW — as well as UW maps, news, sports, library and emergency contact information. Looking for a place to get breakfast, pizza or espresso on campus? Tap “Maps” and then “Places” in m.UW to find out what's open.

January 12, 2015

Survey Finds Mobile Device Use at UW Continues to Rise

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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

Free UW-IT Technology Workshops on UW Tools

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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 9, 2015

Save the Date: UW TechConnect Conference — March 24

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The second annual UW TechConnect Conference will be on March 24, providing an opportunity for IT colleagues across the UW to connect on topics of interest and stay informed, so mark your calendar. Planning is underway for the speaker line-up, with more details to come. Until then, check out the enhanced TechConnect website, with information about campus events, communities of practice and additional resources for the UW’s information technology community.

January 8, 2015

IT TRAINING: Free Data Analysis Workshops

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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

Improved Sound Studio at UW Seattle Now Available

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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.