Faculty & Staff

Teaching Classes

Calendar and Schedule

The Academic Calendar lists first and last days of instruction for the quarter, the final exam schedule, due date for grades, and any University holidays (when class is not held and the labs are closed). Find meeting days, times and classrooms for individual classes via the Quarterly Time Schedules.

Class Registration

If you are contacted by a non-iSchool student about registering for your class, be aware that this is handled via the normal University registration system and students should not be involving the instructor in the process. Available space in your class will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis during registration period III, which begins the first day of the quarter. Please note that your class roster may well change several times during the first week of class, and that there may be two sections listed to accommodate different student groups. Please contact the academic services specialist if you have any questions. Direct students seeking add codes to their student services advisor.

Course Websites

The iSchool is committed to providing online syllabi to all classes. It can be a simple syllabus document or a more elaborate course web site. Sites in Canvas, the learning management system adopted by the UW and iSchool, are provisioned for all courses on campus. Please contact gahelp@uw.edu for assistance with the initial setup of your site. You will be able to add and edit yourself easily once the basic framework is established.

You should also add the URL of the site in the My Class Resources section in your MyUW. Click the Add link next to Class Website to enter the URL for the site. If you have a site in Canvas, you only need to add 'https://canvas.uw.edu'. This will cause the URL to appear in the MyUW for each of your students as well as creating a link to the site on the iSchool courses page for each program.

Online Courses

When developing an online class, we recommend starting as early as possible. Our online learning administrator, will contact you with information on the process. Reach a graduate assistant for help by emailing gahelp@uw.edu. You can also visit our resources for getting started for developing your course.

Class Communications

Instructors using Canvas are encouraged to use the announcements and messaging tools within Canvas to communicate with their students. For those not using Canvas, each instructor is responsible for creating his/her own class email list through the My Class Resources section of their MyUW. Please note that tuition-exempt students cannot register until the 3rd day of the quarter so you may want to add them manually. You can also manually add a non-UW email to the list. See Mailman FAQs for instructions on adding individuals to class email lists.

Catalyst Tools

Catalyst web-based tools such as surveys, drop boxes, discussion tools are available to you. Those using Canvas for their course site should find the tools within Canvas adequate for these purposes. You can access these tools through MyUW or at the Catalyst web page. Email gahelp@uw.edu for advice and assistance with Catalyst tools from a graduate assistant.

Textbooks

Textbooks can be ordered through the University Book Store. Generally, deadlines for guaranteed textbook delivery are:

  • May for autumn classes
  • October for winter classes
  • January for spring classes
  • April for summer classes

Email itext@uw.edu for help ordering textbook review, TA, or desk copies or course texts. The Time Schedule Analyst coordinates textbooks. Get a course textbook request form to order directly from the University Book Store. A UW NetID is required.

Making Other Course Materials Available

Instructors may place course-related books and/or articles on reserve in the UW Libraries to facilitate access to course materials for their students. Reserve materials have loan periods of 2 hours, 4 hours, 24 hours, 72 hours, or 168 hours. Articles can also be linked to course websites that are limited to enrolled students. Coursepacks are another way to provide course materials to students and require advance planning. Submit a request to gahelp@uw.edu for help or advice from a graduate assistant.

Accessing UW Libraries Resources from Off-Campus

To access UW Libraries online resources from off-campus you will need to login using your UW NetID. Generally, if you are already logged in through MyUW, you can access many of the UW Libraries’ databases. For more information see the library instructions

Syllabi

Copies of syllabi must be archived with the iSchool. Please give paper or electronic copies to the main office receptionist (ireception@uw.edu). You can ask the graduate assistant you are working with to send your syllabus; this is recommended if your website is your syllabus. Please review your syllabi, assignments and course materials to make sure that you have good statements on academic integrity and that you make your expectations clear. The iSchool provides required and suggested language for syllabi inclusions. If a GA is helping you with your Canvas site, they will add the required language.