February 2014

February 26, 2014

UW Prepares to Launch New, Modern HR/Payroll System

Logos for HR/Payroll Modernization and Workday

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.

February 3, 2014

Enterprise Architecture Initiative: Uniting Business and Technology Strategies for UW

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A new University-wide Enterprise Architecture (EA) initiative kicked-off in January to address the challenges of merging new technologies into the UW’s complex and dynamic environment. EA provides the structure and processes to ensure technology solutions are well-designed, cost-efficient and scalable, and meet UW strategic needs. UW-IT’s new Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, Jim Phelps, will work with UW’s business and IT stakeholders to align business strategies and technology projects with each other and UW strategic directions. Get more information and see a three-minute video: “Why Enterprise Architecture?”