IT Connect News
Connecting You to Information Technology at the UW JANUARY 2013

Here’s the information technology news from around the UW recently posted on IT Connect.

student and instructorMyPlan Enhances UW Student Planning and Advising

UW students can now use a new online academic planning tool—MyPlan—to more easily find courses, develop an academic plan, track progress, and get adviser input. For a quick overview, watch the “Welcome to MyPlan” video at MyPlan Help. Funded in part by the Student Technology Fee, MyPlan is available to students through MyUW or at UW-IT is developing MyPlan with students, advisers, and central student services offices. Coming soon to MyPlan—Registration planning.

smartphonesCell Phone Plan Savings for UW Employees, Students, Departments

Want to save money on your cell phone plan? UW-IT negotiated special discounts with AT&T and T-Mobile that continue for 2013. The discounts range from 15-18% for UW employees, 10-15% for UW students, and 15-21% for UW departments, depending on the carrier. Other vendors may also offer discounts; inquire directly with vendor.

Command LineFree Digital Skills Workshops for UW Students, Faculty, Staff

UW-IT provides free workshops to help UW students, faculty, and staff develop digital skills for applications as diverse as Photoshop, Web development tools, or Excel. This year, an introductory session on “Terminals, Command Lines, and Consoles” will help you become more comfortable learning and working with a variety of technical tools, no matter what your skill level. Workshops on iMovie, InDesign, HTML, the Odegaard Sound Studio, and other topics—-all at UW Seattle—-continue to focus on the basics. Register today to ensure a seat.

laptop that is UW-OwnedMicrosoft 2013 Software Available for UW-Owned Computers

UW employees can now install the latest software from Microsoft on their UW-owned computers—Office 2013 Professional Plus, Project 2013 Professional, and Visio 2013 Professional—all available under the UW/Microsoft campus license. Check with your department first, as it may have a specific timetable to update your unit. Get download details. The cost is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee.

discU Drive: 5GB Central File Storage for UW Students, Faculty, Staff

A new central file storage is now available for UW students, faculty, and staff at no additional cost, supported by the Student Technology Fee and the Technology Recharge Fee. This new “U Drive” service offers 5GB of general-purpose, backed-up storage for electronic files. It is activated automatically for students. Faculty and staff need to activate their U Drive, and may increase the amount of storage with a UW budget number. The storage is accessible via standard protocols. While available to everyone, please check with your unit’s IT support people to see if they have plans to deploy this service. Get details.

fish facePhishing at the UW: Tips to Avoid Scams

Learn about phishing scams and how to avoid being enticed by email fraud into clicking links and revealing your personal information in a short, entertaining online video, “Phishing at the UW.” Cybercriminals use the login credentials they trick you into providing to access your financial assets or intellectual property, so learn what you can do to be vigilant and avoid taking the bait. Find other useful security-related online training and information from the UW Office of the CISO.

MyUW mobile screen captureMyUW Mobile: New Features

MyUW Mobile gives UW students on-the-go access to their most important information, and the latest release offers new features that make the app even more useful. Students can now check Husky Card and residential balances, see final exam schedules, compare prices on required textbooks, and view information about the upcoming quarter. Watch a two-minute video introduction to MyUW Mobile.

UW NetID loginUW NetID Weblogin Now More Mobile-Friendly

A more mobile-friendly version of the UW NetID weblogin service launched December 18, making it easier to access protected resources that use the weblogin service any time, from any device. This update preserves the familiar look-and-feel of the login page, but it introduces an underlying design that is more responsive to the variety of mobile devices and tablets in use today.

Tegrity Lecture Capture screenUW Seattle Classrooms Outfitted for Tegrity Lecture Capture

UW Seattle instructors who want to record their lectures with Tegrity while delivering them in class can now consult UW-IT’s list of laptop friendly classrooms. It includes rooms in buildings across the UW Seattle campus, the Health Sciences Building, and the School of Social Work, and indicates the hardware available and whether you need to bring your own microphone to capture your lecture. If you know of any rooms that can be added to this list, please send a message to

Seattle skylineUW to Help Develop Ultra High-Speed Network in Seattle

Ultra high-speed broadband and wireless networks will be coming to 12 Seattle neighborhoods as a pilot project of a new partnership, announced December 13, involving the City of Seattle, the UW, and broadband developer Gigabit Squared. The city will lease existing unused fiber to Gigabet Squared to support this effort, aimed at stimulating business opportunities, spurring advancements in fields such as health care and education, and enhancing quality of life for residents and businesses in Seattle. This demonstration aligns with the Gig.U initiative.

Springer ProtocolsE-RESOURCE: SpringerProtocols—Life and Biomedical Sciences

Researchers can access nearly thirty years’ worth of step-by-step laboratory protocols from the life and biomedical sciences, written and reviewed by experts in their fields, using SpringerProtocols. These protocols are time-tested and easily reproducible. Subjects range from biochemistry, cell biology, and infectious diseases to genetics, immunology, and plant sciences, with protocols from a wide variety of well-respected sources. This e-resource is brought to you by the UW Libraries.

Annual Report 2012 Cover thumbnailUW-IT Annual Report Spotlights the UW Community

Teaching and learning, collaborating, discovering, and taking care of UW business are at the core of key initiatives reported in UW-IT’s 2012 Annual Report. Read about improving the student experience with Canvas learning management system, progress on a modern HR/Payroll system, fostering collaboration with cloud services, and cutting-edge resources that support scientific research. Also included are what’s been accomplished, what’s next, a “by the numbers” of what UW-IT supports, a financial summary, and specific priorities to continue to enhance services for the UW community.



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