February 6, 2015

UW Tech Talks: February 19

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UW’s technology support community is invited to this quarter’s Tech Talks to hear presentations on Enterprise Architecture in Action, UW-IT’s Data Backups and Archives Service Refresh, and more. For details, check the Tech Talks Web page. Mark your calendar: Thursday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. to noon, Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220 at UW Seattle.

February 4, 2015

E-RESOURCE: LGBT Studies in Video

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Interested in learning more about LGBT history, gay culture or civil rights? Or LGBT families, transgender issues, or global sexuality issues? Explore LGBT Studies in Video, a diverse online collection of streaming video documentaries, interviews and archival footage. Researchers in a wide range of disciplines will find a rich store of materials on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political, cultural and social movements. This UW-restricted resource is brought to you by University Libraries.

February 3, 2015

Adobe at the UW: Changes Effective February 27

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Adobe recently announced licensing changes for Creative Suite, effective February 27, 2015, that moves it to a subscription-based service. While ongoing negotiations by the UW with Adobe have yet to reach a cost-effective solution for an Adobe Creative Cloud campus license, departments have several options. They can continue to use Creative Suite 6, or adopt Adobe’s new per device and/or named user licensing model, or purchase free or low-cost alternatives. Get details.

January 30, 2015

UW Employees: Get Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at No Cost

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UW faculty and staff now have the same free access to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus as UW students. The UW’s subscription provides online distribution of Office applications for installation on up to five PCs or Macs and up to five Windows tablets, iPads or smartphones—on both personal and UW-owned computers and devices. It includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Lync and Access. Visit the IT Connect UWare page to get details and download instructions for Office 365 ProPlus. This program is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee.

January 28, 2015

Open Source Software Academia Town Hall at UW Seattle: February 2

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UW students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend an evening of discussion focused on “What can academia learn from open source?” on Monday, February 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the UW Physics/Astronomy Auditorium at UW Seattle. A panel of six experts will discuss the vital role of software in academia and how institutions must adapt to support software tools and their producers. A reception follows. Get your free tickets.

January 26, 2015

New UW Data & Analytics Website: When Having the Right Data Counts

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The new UW Data & Analytics website showcases how UW faculty and staff can use central UW data to inform their decision-making. On this mobile friendly, accessible site you can request access to enterprise reports, analytics and data, browse online and workshop training or join a user group, and subscribe to news and alerts. The site provides quick links to the Business Intelligence Portal and the UW Profiles data visualization tool, as well as information to better understand, work with and use data.

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.