Welcome Back to Learning: Educational Tools from UW-IT

 October 1, 2015

It is always an exciting time when students and instructors return to our three campuses for the start of the school year. Student- and instructor-centric programs are a large part of what we do in UW Information Technology (UW-IT), and we want to share some of the innovative technologies and services that you may take advantage of as members of the UW community. We hope these technologies will assist you to meet your academic goals, pursue your passions, and to truly be boundless at the University of Washington.

Kelli Trosvig
Vice President for UW-IT and Chief Information Officer

MyUW: Timely, Relevant, Personal Information to Help You Succeed

MyUW LogoThe new MyUW—available on your mobile device and your desktop—puts the most important information up front, where you can see it right away. As the quarter progresses, MyUW shows you what you need to see: reminders about registration, course details, course schedule showing time and day and a link to the campus map so you can easily locate where your classes meet, your Husky Card and tuition balances, final exam schedule and final grades. Watch an overview of new features or go to my.uw.edu on your mobile device to find all the info you need to succeed at the UW.

UW at Your Fingertips

UW Mobile LogoMobile.uw.edu is your online destination for UW mobile resources. One spot puts all of UW within reach, right on your mobile device. Discover calendars, events, productivity tools, and mobile apps to help you take full advantage of your UW experience.

Notify.UW: Get the Courses You Need

notifyNotify.UW is a free online service that alerts you when seats become available in courses that you are interested in. You can sign up to receive text or emails. One happy Husky recently tweeted: “Getting a class through Notify UW feels like you’ve won the lottery.”

Panopto Lecture Capture: Easy, Convenient Course Review

panoptoWhen your instructor uses Panopto to record class sessions, you can use Panopto to review courses, lectures and presentations: go over a concept you missed in class, study for an exam, fill in the missing parts on your lecture notes or watch what you missed when you were sick. Recordings in Panopto are viewable on most Web browsers and mobile devices. Learn more about Panopto.

SpaceScout: Find the Perfect Study Space

spacescoutSpaceScout helps UW students find campus study spaces that meet specific criteria. Looking for a room that seats 10? A truly quiet space with natural light and nearby food? Need to find a computer lab with an available computer? Set your criteria using the filter and SpaceScout returns a list of results with photos and info about each space, including open hours and amenities provided. You can also rate spaces or send an email right from the app so everyone knows where to meet. SpaceScout is currently available as a native iOS application, and as a mobile-optimized Web app accessible from any desktop computer or mobile device. The app includes over 200 spaces at UW Seattle, 70 spaces at UW Tacoma, and 69 spaces at UW Bothell.

Enter the SpaceScout poetry contest! Sharpen your pencil, summon your muse, let SpaceScout, the app that helps you find the perfect study space, be your inspiration. Check out the HuskyBytes Facebook page for details, and while you are there, Like HuskyBytes.

Make More of Your Major

trumbaPursuing your major goes beyond the classroom. Concerts, campus lectures, orientations, to name a few, can enrich and deepen the understanding of your chosen field of study. MyUW lists events relevant to your major, so you can find opportunities to build your knowledge and skills in the palm of your hand or on your desktop. Relevant Events is a direct response to student requests to see events pertinent to their interests. Only calendars that run on Trumba can show events on MyUW mobile through this new integration; if you don’t see events from your major, ask your department to use the UW Event Calendar (Trumba) to post events.  Departments that want to switch to Trumba can contact help@uw.edu for assistance.

Borrow Laptops, Tablets & More: Evenings & Saturdays!

stfUW Seattle students and student teaching assistants can borrow a range of equipment (laptops, tablets, projectors, cameras, video cameras, audio recorders, speakers, microphones, and calculators) at no cost. The UW-IT Classroom Technology and Equipment (CTE) unit runs the STF Technology Loan program that makes technology available to students. In addition to the two existing offices, in Kane Hall and in the I-Court of Health Sciences Building, the technology loan program is opening a third office in the HUB, allowing students to check out equipment Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 pm.

The new office will be located on the 1st floor of the HUB in the Student Resources office, making it easily accessible to the campus student population. STF and SAF student committees have continued their long-time support of the technology loan program and have once again awarded CTE with additional funding to purchase new and replacement equipment to loan to students. Visit the program Facebook page and let them know what you think about this service!

Get the Most Out of Canvas

UW Canvas LogoCanvas, the official Learning Management System of the UW, allows instructors to put course materials online, and gives students convenient access to course grades, assignments, discussions, course calendars and more. In addition to accessing Canvas through a browser, there are Canvas apps available in Google Play and Apple Store. If your instructor is using Canvas, check out these resources to get started navigating and using Canvas.

Learn About Proper Citation Practices: Check Your Work With Turnitin

Turnitin LogoPart of scholarly work is learning how to use outside sources (such as websites, books, journals, magazines and so on) to develop and present your ideas. But knowing how to correctly credit your sources can be confusing. UW-IT offers a quick, self-paced course to help improve your citation skills and knowledge. This Canvas course is designed to help your learn how to use Turnitin, a tool used by many UW instructors to check student work for proper citation and original text. The course gives you practice submitting an assignment to Turnitin and reviewing the results to help improve citations. To enroll in the Check Citations course, visit https://canvas.uw.edu/enroll/ANRK7M or learn more about Turnitin.

Plan for Success With MyPlan

MyPlan LogoMake the most of your time at UW by using MyPlan to develop a comprehensive academic plan. With MyPlan you can explore courses of interest and find courses to fulfill degree requirements. You can bookmark the courses you like and plan courses for the current quarter or future quarters. MyPlan audit features allow you to track your progress toward meeting academic goals. The Schedule Builder allows you to build and view schedule options, and pin your favorite schedules for later use. Always share your plan with your adviser to ensure you are on the right path to achieving your goals. When you are ready to set your plan in motion, register for your planned courses right from MyPlan! Get started at myplan.uw.edu.

Microsoft & Google Apps for Your Work

Google and Microsoft LogosAs a member of the UW community, you have free access to Microsoft and Google Apps for creating documents and spreadsheets, and for storing files. Learn more about using Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus or UW Google Apps.

Access Technology Center

ATC PhotoThe Access Technology Center (ATC) serves members of the UW Community with disabilities, allowing full use of campus computing resources. ATC hardware and software provide keyboard/mouse alternatives, alternate document formatting and magnification for blind/low-vision users and more. ATC staff provide accessibility consultations and instruct users in accessible hardware and software basics. Workstations with specialized software are located throughout the Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Suzzallo Library. ATC and Disability Resources for Students are piloting a free web-based tool for students, faculty and staff to convert their documents into an alternative format. The Document Conversion Service is free to the UW campus.

Need Help?

helpFriendly assistance with software and hardware is available at the Technology Help Desk. Come visit us on the 2nd floor of Odegaard Undergraduate Library or learn more about getting tech help at UW.

We also offer free workshops on teaching tools such as the Canvas Learning Management System and Panopto Lecture Capture, and digital creation tools like HTML, CSS, Adobe InDesign, our Sound Studio and several Digital Video Editing systems. Learn more about workshops.

 

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