News

November 8, 2013

UW's eTextbook Pilot Findings Published by EDUCAUSE

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A new EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative brief, authored by the UW eTextbook pilot team, discusses the potential future of eTextbooks. Based on instructor and student feedback from the 2012-2013 UW pilot, it focuses on five key areas where specific enhancements could help eTextbooks realize their potential to transform teaching and learning: better pricing, moving beyond the printed page, true anytime/anywhere access, greater availability, and better integration into the larger digital learning ecosystem. Use the Federated login (InCommon), then click this link to read “The Current State and Potential Future of e-Textbooks.”

November 7, 2013

Watch the October 24th Ignite! Event — “Life Beyond the Textbook”

eTextbook

Watch UW faculty and others discuss the state of electronic textbooks in an online video of the October 24th Ignite! event. Hear answers to such questions as: How are eTextbooks like duct tape? What does the future hold for digitizing faculty-generated material? What digital options is the University Book Store working on? What can be learned by reading a text "at a distance"? Watch the video (Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers recommended).

 

November 6, 2013

Discounts on Cell Phone Plans for UW Students, Employees

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You can receive cell phone plan discounts—ranging from 10 percent to 21 percent—if you are a student or employee at the UW or one of its affiliated organizations. UW-IT negotiated these discounts with AT&T and T-Mobile; inquire directly with them. In addition, cell phone services charged to a UW ProCard for department use can also take advantage of these and other savings, described on the UW’s Cell Phone Service page. Contact T-Mobile about additional discounts on new iPads and iPhones for UW paid accounts.

November 5, 2013

E-RESOURCE: World Bank eLibrary

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Studying climate change in Arab countries? HIV/AIDS in Africa? Education in India? World Bank eLibrary, brought to you by UW Libraries, provides full-text ebooks, journal articles, and working papers on a broad range of global and regional issues, including social and economic development, agriculture, health, gender, conflict, environment, education, and more. You can now browse by region or country and use a powerful advanced search. For tips and tutorials, click the “Using eLibrary” tab in the main navigation from any page.

November 4, 2013

Free Technology Tools Workshops at UW Seattle: Register Today

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If you want to make a video, design a course website, or create a podcast, song, or graphic, UW-IT has help for you. Free technology workshops at UW Seattle for UW students, faculty, and staff cover a wide range of software, from powerful digital tools to learning management and recording systems. Visit the new Learning Technologies Workshops page in IT Connect to see upcoming offerings and register today. Space is limited.

October 28, 2013

UW Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation With Technology: Nominations Due Dec. 2

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Nominations are now open for the UW’s new “Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation With Technology” to honor outstanding faculty or teams who enhance student engagement and learning by innovatively incorporating technology into their teaching. Current tenure-track faculty, lecturers, and instructors from any UW campus are eligible; faculty who have already received a Distinguished Teaching Award are not. Submission deadline is Monday, December 2, by 5:00 p.m. Learn more and begin the nomination process. Send questions to dta@uw.edu

October 15, 2013

Microsoft Software Available to UW Faculty, Staff, and Students

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UW faculty and staff can continue to access popular Microsoft software—Office, Visio Premium, Project Professional, and Visual Studio—on all UW-owned computers at no cost to them under the UW’s renewed Microsoft Software Agreement, effective October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. The cost is covered by the Technology Recharge Fee. Staff and faculty also can download Microsoft Office for their home computers for a small fee. Thanks to the Student Technology Fee, students can continue to download Office 2010 or 2013 for PC, Office 2011 for Mac, and Windows 7 and 8. Get details on UWare.

October 14, 2013

Canvas Studio Time Sessions for Faculty, Instructors, and Teaching Assistants

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UW faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants can get help preparing or moving courses into Canvas at UW-IT’s drop-in Canvas Studio Time sessions. Work with instructional technologists and others with Canvas expertise on October 28, November 25, and December 9, and every other Monday after that (except holidays), from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Odegaard Library, room 136.

October 13, 2013

“Life Beyond the Textbook” Ignite! Event at UW Seattle—Oct. 24

eTextbook reader

Learn about the state of digital texts at an Ignite! event on October 24, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Odegaard Library, room 220. UW faculty and staff share how they have engaged students in new forms of reading, brought assignments to life, improved student outcomes, and built text and simulation systems from scratch. Ignite! sessions are fast-paced—presenters have exactly five minutes to share stories, ideas and strategies. The event begins with brief lessons learned from the recent UW-IT eTextbooks pilot. Learn more.

October 11, 2013

Find Canvas, Tegrity, Catalyst and Other LST Resources on IT Connect

IT Connect website home page

All the teaching, learning, and research tools you have found on the LST website are moving to the new IT Connect site to take advantage of its streamlined design and navigation. The move also puts UW technology resources in one place, to make it easier for you to find the tools and news you need. The refreshed Learning Technologies Workshops is available now; online documentation for Canvas, Tegrity, Catalyst, and other tools will be available on IT Connect in November.