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September 13, 2013

MyPlan: New Features for UW Students and Advisers Aid Long-Term Academic Planning

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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 10, 2013

E-RESOURCE: Project MUSE eBook Collection

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The UW Libraries recently purchased the complete Project MUSE/University Press Content Consortium eBook collection, with unrestricted (DRM-free) and unlimited access to more than 20,000 peer-reviewed digital books in PDF format. Works range from science and technology to history and literature from over 80 university presses and scholarly publishers, including the University of Washington Press. The titles appear in the UW Libraries search, and are hosted on Project MUSE.

September 6, 2013

Canvas Now Provides Easy Course Access for Staff, Improved Authorization

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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.

September 4, 2013

New UW Managed Print Services for Units Boosts Savings, Sustainability

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Your UW department can now reduce its investment in printers and copiers, save valuable staff time, and be green with the new UW Managed Print Services program. For one monthly fee, you get equipment (a multi-functional device that can copy, print, scan and fax), supplies (except paper), and service from Ricoh, the supplier selected by a cross-UW team of administrative and academic areas. Preventive maintenance, parts and repair, software, installation, and training is all included. Get more information online.

August 21, 2013

Request a Non-Academic UW Canvas Course Site; Get Hands-on Help

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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 13, 2013

New BI Portal for UW Enterprise Data Warehouse Reporting Needs

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A new UW Business Intelligence (BI) portal connects anyone at the UW with central reports and analytics from the UW Enterprise Data Warehouse to use in their strategic planning and decision making. Developed by UW-IT, the BI portal provides quick access to consistent and reliable data reporting and analysis tools for subject areas including research, academic, HR, finance, advancement, and facilities. An easy-to-use tile interface presents customized information for you, lets you see what’s trending, provide feedback, and get report recommendations. Look under the hood to see underlying SQL queries and data definitions, too. Take a guided tour.

August 12, 2013

Additions to UW Google Apps: Chrome Web Store, Takeout, and More

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New apps have been added to UW Google Apps including Takeout, Translator Toolkit, Chrome Web Store, and Custom Search. Chrome Web Store has a wide range of extensions, themes, and apps designed for the Google Chrome browser, and Takeout allows you to export data from a number of Google products. Check out these additional apps and the others that are already available. Each app must undergo an enterprise risk assessment before UW-IT makes it available to the UW community. Support is provided by Google.

August 9, 2013

UW Medicine Learning Management System Adopts UW NetID

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The 23,000 staff and affiliates who use the UW Medicine Learning Management System now all sign in the same way, using their familiar UW NetID and the UW’s Shibboleth Identity Provider that works with the Weblogin service for Web authentication. This is one of the larger applications to move to these centrally funded services, and underscores a positive trend toward the widening use of standards-based protocols at the UW that enable single sign-on for better user experience and satisfaction while reducing cost and complexity, and providing for cross-institutional collaboration when it’s needed. Other UW units interested in making a similar change can get information online about UW NetID and Authentication services provided by UW-IT.

August 7, 2013

E-RESOURCE: Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

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This summer's Lone Ranger is not the first actor to shout "Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!" The cowboy starred on radio and television, in Vaudeville, and even performed in a circus act in 1943. Explore the history of this legendary cowboy and other great characters from radio, stage, and screen in Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive, a digitized collection of popular and trade publications covering film, broadcasting, popular music, and theater published in the U.S. and Great Britain from their inceptions through 2000.