News

September 20, 2013

Sign Up for Technology Workshops at UW Seattle; Curriculum Online

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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

Report on UW Faculty Experiences With Coursera MOOCs

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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

UW-IT eTextbooks Pilot Concludes, Finds Areas for Improvement

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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 17, 2013

New UW Safety Portal Launched

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The UW has a new website focused on campus safety and emergency preparedness, with links to dozens of resources. Visit this safety portal to familiarize yourself with information on fire and evacuation, hazardous materials, lab safety, training, and more before an emergency or need arises. You also will find a link to sign up for the UW Alert text and email message service, to be notified of emergencies or crisis situations that may disrupt the normal operation of the UW.

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.