News

March 6, 2014

Technology Services and Equipment Billing for UW is Moving to Modern System

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Beginning with a pilot customer group in March, UW-IT will move a subset of its Technology Services and Equipment (TSE) billing to Microsoft Dynamics AX. The move will bring new efficiencies to TSE billing by linking directly to the UW Budget Index, resulting in more timely and accurate billing information. See UW-IT’s how-to help documentation for details. Billing for central IT services through Dynamics AX will expand to all UW units by June; more communications will be forthcoming.

March 5, 2014

MediaAMP Offers Better Support for Online Courses

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MediaAMP, the UW’s cloud service for automating the management, storage and distribution of digital media, now offers even better support for online courses by working with UW lecture capture tools, the Canvas learning management system and UW NetIDs. UW Libraries is using MediaAMP to make its large video library of course reserves available for all three campuses, with UW NetID integration in the media player enabling restriction by course. Other UW academic units are turning to MediaAMP to manage their large collections of pre-recorded content that support online courses. MediaAMP provides FERPA and HIPAA compliance and now offers more detailed reporting and analytics.

March 3, 2014

UW TechConnect Conference: March 25

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Join colleagues for a one-day conference at UW Seattle on March 25, bringing together UW’s information technology community to explore, learn and connect. Find out more about the TechConnect Conference, including keynote speakers, talks, consulting labs and workshops. 

February 26, 2014

UW Prepares to Launch New, Modern HR/Payroll System

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A major effort to implement a modern HR and payroll system for the University was approved by the UW Board of Regents and the state Chief Information Officer in late February, with Workday selected as the system vendor and IBM providing consulting services. Implementation work begins March 3, with an expected go-live in late December 2015 to prepare for the first payroll of 2016. The HR/Payroll Modernization initiative will produce key efficiencies, deliver better information for decision making, strengthen regulatory compliance and reduce the UW’s financial risk. All faculty and staff will eventually interact with the new system; a broad communications and outreach effort is planned.

February 24, 2014

New UW Document Management System Initiative and Pilot

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A new centrally supported Enterprise Document Management System for the UW to digitize, store and manage electronic business documents is expected to be available by early 2015, supporting paperless workflow, increased efficiencies and cross-department collaboration, while reducing the UW’s environmental impact. The new technologies will enable secure access and improved compliance with record retention policies. A pilot phase with several collaborating departments is underway for 2014. This initiative is a partnership of Financial Management, Office of Planning & Budgeting, Office of Research, Records Management, School of Medicine, Student Life, UW Bothell and UW-IT.

February 11, 2014

Tuesday: UW TechConnect Conference on March 25

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UW’s information technology community of students, faculty and staff are invited to come together to make new connections, share and learn from one another, address current challenges and explore future trends at a “TechConnect” conference on March 25. It takes place at UW Seattle from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Get details.

February 10, 2014

UW Student, Faculty Surveys on Technology Use and Expectations

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In late February, a sampling of UW students and, for the first time, faculty will receive a survey from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) about their technology use at the UW, one of more than 250 participating universities. See an infographic of which technologies UW students use to support their academic success, based on results from the 2013 student survey, plus a benchmark report comparing technology use at UW with other institutions.

February 6, 2014

E-RESOURCE: Literature Online

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Are you studying literature, or looking for criticism and background on literary works? Literature Online is a collection of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, prose and drama as well as bibliographies, biographical information and reference resources, including 328 journals. It is a useful starting point for a wide range of literary and linguistic inquiry for undergraduates as well as advanced researchers, and is brought to you by UW Libraries.

February 4, 2014

New UW Teaching and Learning Opportunities With Canvas

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Students can now connect with librarians and research resources directly from their online course materials in Canvas, thanks to a collaboration between UW Libraries and UW-IT to integrate Library Subject Guides with the UW’s learning management system. TurningPoint student response clickers also are now integrated with Canvas. Instructors can have students register their clickers through Canvas so that their response data can be imported into Canvas to track participation, quizzes and other scores.