Technology Center

Newsletter June ’21

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Thinking About Hybrid Learning Environments

Thinking About Hybrid Learning Environments

As Spring quarter comes to a close, we in the Tech Center office are thinking ahead to Autumn quarter and the kinds of learning environments—in-person, online, or hybrid—that we all will encounter and create this fall. As you know, the university is planning a full return to in-person learning, and it will be so exciting to work and learn together on campus again! We also know that our continued flexibility in meeting students needs could necessitate a hybrid or blended approach to learning. With this in mind, we have developed a new page in our CoE Tech Center website that focuses on hybrid learning, and the many student participation modes that are possible in in hybrid learning environments. Our goal with this page is to outline a few of these possibilities, highlight the benefits and challenges of different approaches, and offer examples of instructional methods adapted to these environments. This resource is far from exhaustive, and is meant to be a starting point now, and later, a resource to refer to when you know more about what your Autumn quarter students and their needs and preferences

View the full post here

eSignature Policy for the UW College of Education

eSignature Policy for the UW College of Education

As any educational organization, we are in constant need to collect and archive signed documents. With the increased availability of eSignature technology at our University, the College of Education recognizes the need for some guidelines to help faculty and staff to navigate this process.

These recommendations apply to faculty and staff in the College of Education and reflect the administration’s expectations for document safety and privacy vigilance, as well as alignment with the University’s best practices in digital file storage.

You can access this policy at the Technology Center website

Hybrid Models Article: Flattening the Multimodal Learning Curve

Hybrid Models Article: Flattening the Multimodal Learning Curve

This recently published report (March 2021) summarizes the opinions of educators and technologists in multiple countries, reflecting on available data about the massive transition towards diverse remote and hybrid educational models during this pandemic. The authors highlight the impact of flexible and interactive methodologies and the growing pressure of educational institutions to demonstrate greater value and to innovate.

Download the full report

Accessible Technology Webinar Series

Accessible Technology Webinar Series

Accessible Technologies will be hosting webinars on popular IT Accessibility topics on the last Thursday of each month, 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm.

Webinars are free but require registration.  Watch for registration links as we get closer to webinar dates.

Future Webinar Schedule:

  • June 24: Alternatives to PDF
  • July 29: Teaching an Accessible Online Course
  • August 19: Accessible Web Content Creation
  • September 30: Video Accessibility
  • October 28: Testing with Screen Readers
  • November 4: Document Accessibility
  • December 2: Accessibility in Procurement: Reading a VPAT
Thursday, Jun 24, 2021, 3 p.m. Thursday, Jul 29, 2021, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug 19, 2021, 3 p.m. Thursday, Sep 30, 2021, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 28, 2021, 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov 4, 2021, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 2, 2021, 3 p.m.
Updated Access Policy for Canvas

Updated Access Policy for Canvas

In order to appropriately secure Canvas course content and student data, UW-IT will implement an access policy for Canvas on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Under this policy, the ability to sign in to Canvas is restricted generally to current employees, faculty, as well as current and recent former students. Employees and retirees will lose the ability to sign in to the UW Canvas LMS when they separate from the UW, in parallel with other IT services.

Note: Because access to Panopto uses the Canvas sign-in, Panopto users — including those who want to view recordings — will also be impacted by the Canvas access policy.

Who will be impacted by this change

  • Separating employees and retirees lose access when they leave the University.
  • People with sponsored UW NetIDs, such as guest instructors.

Who will not be impacted by this change, and continue to have access to Canvas

  • Any faculty member who has an academic appointment in Workday.
  • Current instructors, faculty, staff, and students.
  • New and returning employees (will be able to access Canvas on their official start date.)

Review details about who has access to Canvas and for how long.

What you need to do

If you support any of the above groups, please:

  • Add information about employee and retiree loss of access to the Canvas LMS to any offboarding information or separation checklist that you maintain.
  • This access lasts for one year and must be renewed annually by a current UW employee.

Learn more about provisioning access to Canvas and the responsibilities that go along with provisioning access

Thank you for your attention to this policy change. If you have any questions, please contact



Karin I. Roberts

Canvas Service Manager

UW-IT, Academic Experience Design & Delivery

Pronouns: she/her/hers

206.616.8153 |

Subscribe to the new Trumba Calendar for internal Meetings Events and Activities at the College of Education

Subscribe to the new Trumba Calendar for internal Meetings Events and Activities at the College of Education

As people were experiencing issues with our college’s Internal Events Google calendar, we decided to update it to Trumba. You can easily integrate this new calendar into you existing calendar solution by adding it to yours:

To subscribe a calendar feed to your Outlook calendar, follow these steps:

  1. In Outlook, open the calendar section.
  2. On the main ribbon, find Manage Calendars section, and then left-click. the Add Calendar button, and select From internet on the drop down menu.
  3. In the space provided, enter this URL: webcal://

To subscribe a calendar feed to your Google calendar, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Google Calendar.
  2. Next click the plus sign by Other Calendars, and select From URL on the drop-down menu.
  3. In the URL field, enter the URL webcal://
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