UW TechConnect

Thank you to all who joined us for the the 2020 TechConnect conference. Session recordings are listed below. We are working on making the closed captions accessible and will upload them as soon as they are completed.

Wednesday, September 2 – 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Time Session
12:30 to 1:00 Coffee and Networking

We will convene and then break out to small groups.

1:00 to 1:15 President’s Address

President Ana Mari Cauce opened the conference in a pre-recorded message.

1:15 to 2:00 CIO Panel

Join us to hear from Aaron Powell, Vice President and CIO for UW Information Technology, Christy Long, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO for UW Bothell and Eric Neil, Interim Chief Information Officer for UW Medicine. These leaders will discuss their views on the role of IT at our University, responses to current events, and the future of IT for our University and partnerships.

Session recording for CIO Panel.

2:00 to 2:15 Break
2:15 to 3:00 Responsible Conduct of IT in the Age of Big Data and the Internet

Presenters:
Sean Mooney, Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education; Chief Research Information Officer, UW Medicine and

Stephanie Kraft, Assistant Professor, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Department of Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine

Information technology (IT) has become transformative to almost every aspect of our daily lives. IT professionals, such as ourselves, are constantly tasked with developing, deploying and maintaining the infrastructure that enables this transformation. There are a number of legal, ethical and societal impacts of our work. In this presentation, I will introduce the concept of responsible conduct of IT meant for an audience of IT professionals. I will discuss both real world interests in the deployment of IT services as well as examples of current areas of moral interest in public policy.

Session recording for Responsible Conduct of IT in the Age of Big Data and the Internet.

2:15 to 3:00 Communicating Tech: The Write Words for the Job

Presenter: Elizabeth Sharpe, Assistant Director, Communications, UW Information Technology

Get tips from a veteran communications professional on how to communicate technical information effectively.

Session recording for Communicating Tech: The Write Words for the Job.

3:00 to 3:15 Break
3:15 to 4:00 Sustainable IT Patterns for Smaller Organizations

Presenter: John Borwick, Director, Project & Innovation Management, Office of Academic Personnel

Units and departments with few IT staff still need a wide range of IT services. In this session, John will describe the key steps he used to create a sustainable IT practice within the Office of Academic Personnel. These steps included:

  • Creating a complete list of technical tools in use
  • Analyzing value, costs, and risks from the unit’s perspective
  • Understanding the regulatory and control framework
  • Understanding which IT services ought to be strategic
  • Reviewing the service landscape, particularly with respect to what UW-IT provides
  • Developing patterns to reuse when encountering new challenges
  • Scheduling periodic reviews to help tools converge towards being more sustainable

View the promo for this session here.

Session recording for Sustainable IT Patterns for Smaller Organizations.

3:15 to 4:00 Future of the Student Information System (SIS)

Presenter: Jim Phelps, Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, UW Information Technology

Based on a national conference, I will share what I heard about the future of SIS and then discuss what that means to UW.

Note: We will use Mural in this session. If you have NOT used Mural before, please go to the link below and (1) read the “Helpful Hints with Mural” content and then (2) use the Playground around to get used to creating and editing stickies and navigating around Mural. You will be happy that you did.

This session was highly interactive in Mural. Please watch this video on The Future of SIS to learn more about this session.

4:00 to 4:30 Wrap up and Networking – Birds of a Feather Style

This is an informal networking opportunity based on IT topics that you and your peers submit, offering you the opportunity to meet people using similar technologies or facing similar issues.

Thursday, September 3 –  9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Time Session
9:00 to 9:30 Coffee and Networking
We will convene and then break out to small groups.
9:30 to 10:30 Jupyter Notebooks

Presenters:
David Shean, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Chris Land, Software Engineer, Academic Experience Design & Delivery, UW Information Technology

Rob Fatland, Research Computing Director, UW Information Technology

In this session we explore the use of Jupyter Notebooks in the classroom via infrastructure that allows us to scale to any size course across the campus. Jupyter Notebooks are well established in the research community and their potential in teaching is now being realized. The new service from AXDD uses JupyterHub to provide each student in a course their own standardized environment, customized in advance by the instructor. This replaces the tedious process of ‘many installations on many computers’ with a uniform functional python environment for each student accessed through a browser.

Session recording for Jupyter Notebooks.

10:30 to 10:45 Break
10:45 to 11:30 Data Integration – Critical Capabilities for Higher Ed

Presenter: Jim Phelps, Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, UW Information Technology

In this flipped session, attendees will watch the presentation about the needs for data integration capabilities. The time in session will be spent working on deepening the understanding of the issues, brainstorming steps forward, and building a shared understanding of why this is important.

Please watch this video on Data Integration before this session.

Note: We will use Mural in this session. If you have NOT used Mural before, please go to the link below and (1) read the “Helpful Hints with Mural” content and then (2) use the Playground around to get used to creating and editing stickies and navigating around Mural. You will be happy that you did.

Session recording for Data Integration – Critical Capabilities for Higher Ed.

10:45 to 11:30 Accessibility, Usability & Equity in IT

Presenter: Karen Morrill-McClure, Computer Systems Administrator, Washington Sea Grant

Change how you think and practice accessibility. It doesn’t have to be about avoiding penalties, instead it can be about making everything more usable and more equitable. This session isn’t about the laws but about why you should and how you can add accessibility into everything you do. It covers:

  • Basic terms
  • Models of disability
  • Accessibility in terms of usability
  • General design guidelines to follow
  • How accessibility can lead to equity
  • An introduction to Universal Design

Session recording for Accessibility, Usability & Equity in IT.

11:30 to 11:45 Break
11:45 to 12:45 Networking Discussion Hour

Join us for the virtual Networking Discussion Hour! Various Communities of Practice, services and special interest groups will be hosting Zoom discussions over the lunch hour. Grab some food, and log on to explore new topics and make connections. Find the discussion topic you want to join today.

View the groups from the Networking Discussion Hour here.

12:45 to 1:00 Break
1:00 to 2:00 Launching a New Center in the Midst of a Pandemic

Presenter Jevin West, Center for an Informed Public (CIP)

The Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington was launched in December of last year — a few months before COVID-19 closed the University. Its mission is to:

  • Better understand and resist strategic misinformation
  • Promote an informed society
  • Improve democratic discourse

One of our core research areas of expertise is studying rumors and misinformation during crisis events. The current crisis has kept us up day and night. The work we do requires substantial IT infrastructure to collect, curate and analyze the billions of data points tracking misinformation and disinformation online.

In this presentation, I will talk about some of our current research projects, ways that we are translating our findings into practice, and how our IT infrastructure has facilitated this research and these opportunities.

Session recording for Launching a New Center in the Midst of a Pandemic.