How to Schedule a Computer Classroom for On-Demand Use

Even if you’re not teaching in the CIC’s computer lab classrooms, you probably do some form of tech-embedded multimodal assignment or pedagogy in your courses. We’ve found that, especially this quarter, it’s been a bit more difficult for instructors to get access to a computer classroom for their occasional pedagogical purposes. So we’d like to highlight options for reserving a computer classroom either for a one-time request or several days of a quarter.

For some context: CIC has access to two computer classrooms in Mary Gates Hall, 076 and 082, in partnership with the iSchool. Our regularly reserved times for these classrooms are Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., while the iSchool gets access to these spaces after 1:30 p.m. On Fridays, we have access to Mary Gates 082 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The iSchool has 082 after 1:30 p.m. and 076 all day. A good portion of our reserved times are filled with regularly scheduled CIC courses.

When you need a computer classroom for specific times during a quarter, the first thing you should do is email the current CIC AD or Kimberlee Gillis-Bridges (CIC director) the dates/times you’d like to book a room. If your course meets during CIC’s reserved hours and no other course is scheduled, we can book you into Mary Gates 082 or 076. If your course meets outside our reserved hours, we can check with the iSchool coordinator to see if the iSchool is indeed using the CIC rooms for the times you’ve requested. If they are, we will forward your request to EWP program coordinator, Jake Huebsch, who can request the Mary Gates 033 or 044 computer classrooms.

If you’re helping students learn a particular program or technical skill, you may not need to book lab space for in-class instruction. UW Learning Technologies provides free technology workshops and one-on-one consultations in Odegaard Learning Studio 102 throughout the year.

If the above options don’t work out, you may request an Active Learning Classroom (ALC) in Mary Gates or Odegaard, or a Research Commons space in the Allen Library. In this case, you’ll have to ask students to bring a laptop/tablet or check one out through the UW Student Technology Loan program. Mary Gates has two ALCs (with no computers): MGH 058 and 295. If you’d like to reserve one of these rooms, contact Jake Huebsch, who can then process your request. The Research Commons in Allen Library South has three spaces that my work for your class: Green A, which seats 25, Red A, which seats a maximum of 16, and Red C, which seats a maximum of 18. You may check Research Commons availability and reserve a space here, and the Odegaard ALC schedule and one-time use request form is available here. Note that the Odegaard ALCs are general assignment classrooms. One-time use requests are considered after all classes that regularly meet in the ALC have been scheduled.

We’ll continue to monitor how the use of computer classrooms increases or changes among our EWP instructors in the upcoming quarters and will advocate for more computer-integrated instructional spaces if we see an increasing need. Feel free to let us know your concerns or inquiries.

Introducing the Amazon Education for Canvas App

Hello CIC Instructors,

We hope your quarter has gotten off to a good start!

We wanted to let you know that the UW is participating in an ongoing project with, piloting an app that lets you distribute course content directly from Canvas to a Kindle app in your students’ mobile devices (Kindle, iPad, Android, etc.).

Obviously, using this app would enable your students to read course documents directly on their phones or tablets, which may increase their engagement with the texts (or change it in interesting ways!)!


Some of the other benefits include:

– Documents that are uploaded to Canvas “Files” are synced automatically to the students’ devices (they don’t have to go back and sync each one individually)

– As new documents are added or existing documents are changed, an updated version is automatically sent to students

– Any work that students do with a document on one device (such as highlighting or annotating) is automatically synchronized across all Kindle readers

There is no cost for the UW to participate in this pilot. Similarly, it is free for students to download the Connect to Kindle app here. Amazon also offers a $10 gift card to students who participate.

UW IT Connect is running the pilot. If you are interested in trying the app with your current or future courses, please contact Tom Lewis (Director of Academic and Creative Applications) at This will definitely be an interesting opportunity to provide feedback that actually influences the future of this app and its role at UW!

For any questions about the Amazon Education for Canvas app specifically, please email As usual, for all other questions or concerns, please email Tesla at or Kimberlee at

Have a great rest of the week, CICers!


Room Assignments, Week of 11/24

Rooms for this shortened week are as follows. Some of you have already contacted us about plans to cancel class. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please email me or Tesla as soon as convenient.

111L (Knapp)
Tues­day, 10:30– 12:20, MGH 082

111O (Simons)
Mon­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 074

111Q (Bab­bie)
Tues­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 074

121D (Morel)
Tues­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 074

121F (Fis­cus)
Tues­day 12:30–2:20, MGH 082 (Class cancelled; lab available for other instructors)

131D7 (Loftin)
Mon­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 334
Wednes­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 082

199J (Fahim)
Mon­day, 11:30– 12:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 11:30– 12:20, MGH 254

281A (Camp­bell)
Mon­day, 9:30–11:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 9:30–11:20, MUS 219

Thanks again for your continued flexibility, and have a restful holiday break.

Continuing Our Game of Musical Rooms

We have just received word that Mary Gates 076 will remain unus­able for the rest of the quar­ter. The room sched­ule for the week of 11/17–11/21 will be as follows:

111L (Knapp)
Tues­day, 10:30– 12:20, MGH 082
Thurs­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 074

111O (Simons)
Mon­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 074

111Q (Bab­bie)
Tues­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 074
Thurs­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 082

121D (Morel)
Tues­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 074
Thurs­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 082

121F (Fis­cus)
Tues­day 12:30–2:20, MGH 082
Thurs­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 074

131D7 (Loftin)
Mon­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 334
Wednes­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 082

199J (Fahim)
Mon­day and Fri­day, 11:30– 12:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 11:30– 12:20, MGH 254

281A (Camp­bell)
Mon­day, 9:30–11:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 9:30–11:20, MUS 219

We’ll update the blog and email the CIC list­serv each Fri­day with infor­ma­tion about the room sched­ule for the upcom­ing week. If you plan on can­celling class the Wednes­day before Thanks­giv­ing, please let Kim­ber­lee or Tesla know.

Thank you for your con­tin­ued patience and flexibility.

Panopto Workshop

Hello CIC Instructors!

Thanks again for your flexibility this week. MGH 076 will be unavailable for at least another week, and we’re working right now to find you alternate rooms. We’ll let you know as soon as we have them!

In other (better) news, Kimberlee will be facilitating a workshop on Panopto tomorrow, November 7th. It will be in MGH 082 from 10:00 to 11:30, and should be very useful!

The workshop will focus on how instructors might use the platform’s audio, video and screen capture functions to develop multimodal assignments and peer review options. It will also address assessment issues and allow time for hands-on practice. Please RSVP to Kimberlee at if you would like to participate.

We will be uploading a recording of the workshop on Panopto itself, so keep an eye out for that if you can’t make it.



Fire Damage

Hi Everyone,

It’s been an eventful week! As most of you know, over the weekend there was a fire in Mary Gates Hall that originated in CIC 076.


The fire was caused by a broken motor in the ventilation system (or something of the sort!), and unfortunately caused a few other rooms to be covered in soot.


We are so grateful for your flexibility this week. There was some disruption in class locations, and we really appreciate your help in working everything out!

As of right now, all the rooms are back up and running except for 076, which may take longer than a week to repair. Therefore, please make sure to follow the temporary schedule that was sent out over email until further notice. As soon as we have more information, we’ll let you know!


Thanks for your understanding!

If you didn’t receive the new schedule, please email Tesla at

Using Panopto in the CIC

Hello CIC Instructors!

One of the most exciting new features of the CIC classrooms is that they now support Panopto, which is the video sharing platform that the UW has recently adopted (this is a switch from Tegrity). Panopto enables you to create, edit and share video files directly through Canvas, so that you can easily integrate them into your teaching.

You can access Panopto through the left-hand toolbar of your Canvas course, and from there you can click “Create” in order to launch the Panopto Recorder. You and your students can then record videos and webcasts directly from the webcams on CIC computers.


After you’ve created a video, you can either embed it directly onto Canvas or provide a link to it that students can follow. Students can create and upload their own videos, potentially as part of a Canvas Discussion, portfolio reflection or multi-modal assignment.


We’re working on a page for the CIC Faculty Guide that gives detailed instructions on using, modelling and assessing Panopto videos, but for now – take a minute to explore it yourself! As always, let us know if you have any questions.

You can also find instructions and answers to FAQs from UW IT Connect by going here.

Thanks, and we hope you had a productive week in the CIC!

Saving and Transferring Files in the CIC

Hello CIC Instructors!

We are pleased to let you know that we’ve updated the CIC Faculty Guide with new instructions and screenshots to correspond with the new technology in the labs. The Faculty Guide is a wealth of information and is definitely worth perusing when you have a moment, even if you don’t have pressing questions. You can find it here.

Save As

Since the new computers will automatically clear the desktop of any saved work when the students sign off, it is now more important than ever to develop clear practices for saving and transferring work in your CIC classes. To that end, we’ve also added a page to the Faculty Guide that walks through some of the more effective saving options: USB/ flash drives, the U Drive, Canvas files and cloud storage. Please take a look at it when you have the chance – and if you have a different way of saving and transferring student work that you’ve found to be successful, please let us know in the comments! We’d love for this blog to become a space where CIC instructors can interact and share ideas.

Have a great week!