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Web Council notes from Thursday, August 23, 2012
 

  • Canvas Learning Management System - Karin Roberts, assistant director in Academic & Collaborative Applications
    • Work is going forward toward a campus-wide roll-out of Canvas as our standard learning management system
      • Becoming a platform for elearning here at the UW
    • Modern, flexible learning management system
    • Improves quality of feedback on student work, can add audio and video commenting
    • Has good accessibility, approved by National Federation for the Blind. We have identified some problems mostly relating to voice command control. Are working with Canvas on these points
    • Has a SpeedGrader interface,
    • Available as an iPad app
    • Campus wide rollout
      • Working with programs, schools and departments who have volunteered to be first adopters during Fall Quarter
      • Provost would like all departments to transition to using Canvas within two years
      • Workshops and online training will be available Autumn Quarter
    • UW leading negotiation to make Canvas an Internet2 Net+ Service
    • Most Washington community colleges and 4 year public universities are adopting Canvas
    • Courses can be either public or access controlled
    • To volunteer as an adopter or for further information, send email to help@uw.edu
    • Catalyst tools will continue to be developed to support course management and research
  • Prof. Kathy Gill - The Digital Campaign for the Presidency
    • In Digital Campaign for President, Obama Far More Active Than Romney http://blogs.seattletimes.com/uwelectioneye/2012/08/16/digital-campaign-for-president/
      • An article posted on The Seattle Times as part of the UW Election Eye 2012 project to describe campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students
    • Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism analyzed digital activity related to the campaigns
      • Looked at what was happening during two weeks in June
      • Twitter use way higher by Obama campaign
      • Tweetstats.com gives a means for comparing use of Twitter
        • Generally Obama has 10 times as much traffic
      • Twitter users are educated, above average on income
      • Most of the messaging from both candidates is about Obama
        • Challengers challenge the record of the incumbents they are runing against
        • Most tweets are talking about the economy, but from very different perspectives
          • Romney sends brief statements
          • Obama sends messages with more content
        • Replies and retweets tend to be to people within their own bubble (circle of likes)
      • Obama campaign asks people to do things
        • Romney campaign does not have so many asks (calls for action)
      • BuzzFeed argues that Pew looked at the wrong data for Facebook; did not do a sentiment analysis on the comments
        • BuzzFeed did an analysis during the Ryan announcement; asserts researchers should be looking at people talking about the post
        • Work to be done on what to measure in social media traffic
      • There is a new app Super PACapp (http://www.superpacapp.org/) tells you who sponsored an ad, how much money was spent, and fact checks specific claims in the ad
      • #2012election seems to be the emerging hash tag for the election overall
    • Prof. Gill's personal blog is at wiredpen.com personal blog
    • When people just talk to people they agree with, they tend to become more polarized
      • Facebook really closes you down to only people who share your views
      • Twitter is more open, has more potential for showing you more viewpoints
  • Announcements
    • Next meeting Sept 20, in Paccar 391; October meeting location has not been determined yet as construction in Odegaard continues
    • emergency.washington.edu has successfully moved to the cloud. Marketing toolkit has new instructions on including alert banner (http://www.washington.edu/externalaffairs/uwmarketing/toolkits/uw-alert-banner/)- if you have not updated how you do it in a couple years, you should update
  • Code Camp Lite - Chris Heliand & Tony Chang
    • Chris and Tony are interested in starting a UW focused code camp
      • Meet twice a year for 2-4 hours
      • Code camps are a nation wide event that happens on local basis
    • People can talk to other people about technical stuff
    • Regular camps could be a forum for sharing experiences, methods
    • Community driven; could include a Web site where people can engage, declare what they can speak about,
    • Seattle Code Camp (http://seattle.codecamp.us/) provides a model for how to do it
    • It might help to focus each session by doing some advance polling to choose a specific scope/theme
      • UserVoice could be used to collect and develop ideas
    • What is next
      • Will set up a UserVoice to do initial collection of ideas
      • Need enough people to present, need people who want to attend, need location to meet
      • Need at least four people to help out with conducting the session; Chris and Tony have volunteered, but need at least two more people
  • Ignite-style Presentations
    • Charlon Palaqay - Weblogin Mobile Optimization
      • 44% of wireless traffic on this campus is coming from mobile devices
      • Multiple mobile projects coming
        • UW Homepage
        • People Directory
        • m.UW
        • MyUW Mobile (students)
        • IT Connect
        • SpaceScout Mobile App
      • All will have Weblogin, at least in part
      • As more Web apps go mobile, there is a need for weblogin to work well on mobile devices
        • Current design has too much stuff on the screen
        • Primary action on current page is unclear
        • Current page has ancient code
      • Goals
        • Reduce clutter
        • Focus on primary task
        • Improve the underlying code
      • Hope to have updated version in Fall or early Winter quarter
      • Methods
        • DIV based layout
        • Mobile First
        • Responsive design
        • Media queries
      • Next steps
        • Testing
        • Bug fixes
        • Continuous design improvement
      • Questions can be sent to charlon@uw.edu
    • Jaewha Lee - Web Services Update
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  1. Thanks as always Rick!