News

October 9, 2013

Microsoft Products for File Storage, Collaboration Now Available: UW SkyDrive Pro and UW Lync

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New optional file storage/sharing and collaboration services from Microsoft are now available at no additional fee to UW students, faculty, and staff. UW SkyDrive Pro provides 25GB of cloud-based file storage. UW Lync offers online meetings (with voice, video, and screen-sharing), virtual whiteboards, instant messaging, presence indication, and more. Both services are HIPAA and FERPA compliant.

October 8, 2013

Redesigned UW Libraries Website Streamlined for All Devices

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The redesigned UW Libraries website features a fresh look and streamlined navigation to the most popular services and resources, including special menus for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty/staff, K-12 visitors, and more. And the “off-campus access button” is gone; just click on the resource you want and you will be prompted for your UW NetID when necessary. The new site, designed with the user’s needs in mind, works with any device. Your feedback will inform ongoing improvements.

October 1, 2013

Register for Fall Tech Webinars Offered by UW POD

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Want to learn more about using Microsoft, Adobe, or Google products? Consider fall Webinars for UW faculty, staff, and students offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). Read details about Microsoft Access 2010 Techniques—Beginner and Adobe Dreamweaver Techniques—Intermediate. Get information including fees for all upcoming Webinars—on Excel, Visio, Word, Google Analytics, Emerging Collaboration Technologies, and more—and register online.

September 24, 2013

CSS Joins UW-IT as Classroom Technology & Events; New Active Learning Classrooms

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To position UW Seattle to better respond to rapid changes in classroom technology, Classroom Support Services (CSS) has moved to UW Information Technology and changed its name to Classroom Technology & Events (CTE), effective July 1. CTE supports 300 general-use classrooms, oversees classroom construction projects, and provides event services. Over the summer, CTE expanded the digital equipment available for student loan, upgraded technology in many classrooms—with more planned in the next two years—and, with UW Libraries, created the new active learning classrooms in Odegaard Undergraduate Library.

September 23, 2013

UW Student Technology Fair: Sept. 25

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See the latest tech devices and services at the UW Student Technology Fair, an official Dawg Daze Event held at UW Seattle on Wednesday, September 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Odegaard Undergraduate Library first floor. Browse the current technology from UW tech partners including T-Mobile, Sony, Microsoft Research, the University Bookstore Tech Center and others. Get UW mobile apps, see what technology is available to borrow, and more. UW students can enter to win prizes and collect vendor giveaways, and faculty and staff also are welcome to stop by.

September 20, 2013

Sign Up for Technology Workshops at UW Seattle; Curriculum Online

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Whether you want to learn Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, or the Canvas learning management system, UW-IT provides a variety of resources at no charge for UW students, faculty and staff. These learning tools include workshops and drop-in "Studio Times" at UW Seattle, as well as online curriculum, which is moving into the IT Connect website. Use the calendar to sign up for workshops.

September 19, 2013

Report on UW Faculty Experiences With Coursera MOOCs

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A new report, “Coursera at the UW: The challenges, benefits, and surprises of teaching a MOOC”, explores the experiences of four UW faculty members who have each taught a Massive Open Online Course through Coursera. What are the pedagogical strategies for teaching a class of thousands? How does a global perspective affect course content? Do you then rethink your residential course? UW-IT researchers looked at all these issues and more in reporting on how this new technology is being used by our faculty in their teaching.

September 18, 2013

UW-IT eTextbooks Pilot Concludes, Finds Areas for Improvement

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More than 1,800 UW students in 23 courses explored the use of online eTextbooks for four quarters, ending winter 2013, and found the two tested platforms do not offer significant advantages over printed textbooks at this time. Findings from the UW eText pilot also determined that students want to be able to read when offline, search within digital textbooks, and are very concerned about cost. The UW-IT report will help inform the UW and others in the continued move toward eTextbooks.

September 17, 2013

New UW Safety Portal Launched

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The UW has a new website focused on campus safety and emergency preparedness, with links to dozens of resources. Visit this safety portal to familiarize yourself with information on fire and evacuation, hazardous materials, lab safety, training, and more before an emergency or need arises. You also will find a link to sign up for the UW Alert text and email message service, to be notified of emergencies or crisis situations that may disrupt the normal operation of the UW.