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January 21, 2015

Putting Technology in Practice: Register for February Workshops

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UW instructors are invited to “In Practice” workshops in February, on using technology in ways that advance student learning and engagement. Methods and examples will be shared by a Center for Teaching and Learning consultant, a UW-IT instructional technologist and a guest faculty speaker. Winter 2015 topics include Tweeting From the Classroom (February 10), Using Video for Student Assessment and Feedback (February 17) and Clickers and Classroom Response: Evidence-Based Practices (February 24). Sessions are in Odegaard Undergraduate Library from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. Get details and register online.

January 13, 2015

Mobile UW: New Look, Improved Access to UW Resources

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A major redesign of m.UW, the UW’s mobile app, makes it easier to access other popular UW mobile resources — including OneBusAway, SpaceScout, IT Connect and MyUW — as well as UW maps, news, sports, library and emergency contact information. Looking for a place to get breakfast, pizza or espresso on campus? Tap “Maps” and then “Places” in m.UW to find out what's open.

January 12, 2015

Survey Finds Mobile Device Use at UW Continues to Rise

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Use of mobile devices by UW students continues to grow, according to data from the most recent EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) study of undergraduate students on information technology. An analysis of the data by UW-IT indicates that the use of mobile devices for academic purposes has increased at the UW; students use handheld devices to complete a wide range of academic tasks; and faculty see mobile devices as both a distraction and a valuable learning tool. Learn more about mobile use and view all survey data.

January 11, 2015

Free UW-IT Technology Workshops on UW Tools

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UW students editing video or designing research posters, instructors transitioning to new lecture capture tools, and staff brushing up on basic technology skills can all find help through UW-IT's free technology workshops. New offerings include Google and Microsoft business and efficiency tools, enhanced Canvas workshops and other useful options for the UW community. See the list of workshops available winter quarter, and sign up today.

January 9, 2015

Save the Date: UW TechConnect Conference — March 24

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The second annual UW TechConnect Conference will be on March 24, providing an opportunity for IT colleagues across the UW to connect on topics of interest and stay informed, so mark your calendar. Planning is underway for the speaker line-up, with more details to come. Until then, check out the enhanced TechConnect website, with information about campus events, communities of practice and additional resources for the UW’s information technology community.

January 8, 2015

IT TRAINING: Free Data Analysis Workshops

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Learn about analyzing data using Microsoft Excel PivotTables or Tableau Desktop software in free UW-IT workshops. Available to UW staff and faculty, these workshops help you explore how to visually represent your UW data with charts and graphs, and cover best practices for sharing your data. No programming skills are required. Register online.

January 7, 2015

Improved Sound Studio at UW Seattle Now Available

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A major update to the Odegaard Library Sound Studio provides a simpler, quieter place for recording, editing and creating digital audio, thanks to work from UW-IT, UW Libraries and funding from the Student Technology Fee Committee. The “new” Sound Studio has a simpler user interface, unobtrusive cabling and a “WhisperRoom” isolation booth for higher quality voice recording with handheld instruments. It can be reserved for free by UW students, faculty and staff, and workshops cover the technologies available in the studio.

January 6, 2015

UW Tower Data Center ENERGY STAR Certified for 2nd Year

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The UW Tower Data Center has earned ENERGY STAR Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 2nd year in a row, 1 of just 22 U.S. data centers to qualify. This recognizes reduced power consumption, lowered carbon footprint and slower growth of future power needs. Only one other university’s data center was among those certified. The UW Tower Data Center, operated by UW-IT, scored 98 out of 100 for 2014 — three points higher than in 2013 — and provides managed space, power and cooling of critical infrastructure supporting IT departments campus-wide.

January 2, 2015

Register for UW POD Webinars: Email, Presentations and More

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UW students, faculty and staff can register now for winter quarter webinars offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). New this quarter is Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox — Google Apps, which complements the same course for Outlook. Also, the popular Creating Engaging Presentations With Prezi is offered solely to a UW audience on February 10. See the full list of POD webinars; most last 90 minutes and cost $65 on a UW Budget.

December 29, 2014

E-RESOURCE: Immigration Records of the INS, 1880-1930

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This primary source collection includes documents from investigations by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) during the massive immigration wave of 1880-1930. Part of the ProQuest History Vault, Immigration Records of the INS, 1880-1930 covers Asian immigration to California, Hawaii and other states; Mexican immigration to the U.S. from 1906 to 1930; and European immigration. The regulation of prostitution and white slavery, and the suppression of radical aliens is extensively documented as well.