What is happening? We will be testing the University’s campus-wide emergency communication system.
When is this happening? Tuesday, January 28 at 2:15 p.m.
What is the impact? Emergency communication channels being tested include:
Tweets to @UWaterloo and @WatSAFEapp
WatSAFE mobile app
The ‘WatSAFE Desktop Notification’ on-screen pop-up for desktops and laptops
Portal alerts and push notifications
Messaging: The message displayed will read “TEST of the UW Emergency Notification System. During an actual emergency or threat you would receive instructions. No action is required.” More information regarding the emergency would be available at alert.uwaterloo.ca.
Approximately 15 minutes after the test activation message is sent, a deactivation message will display, “The test of the UW Emergency Notification System is complete.”
In the event of a real emergency during this test, please contact Police Services at 519-888-4911, or ext. 22222.
Be sure to install the WatSAFE app on your device and WatSAFE Desktop Notification tool on your desktop/laptop to receive this test message, and more importantly, to stay informed of campus emergency situations. Visit the WatSAFE website for more details.
A message from Information Systems & Technology (IST) and the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL)
On December 31, 2020, Adobe will be discontinuing support for Flash Player; most web browsers will disable and block Flash before this date. University of Waterloo materials using Flash must be converted to other technology before that time.
The Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) offers a conversion service for training materials that have been authored in Flash to any University of Waterloo department. This service includes:
Evaluating current Flash-based training materials
Advising on AODA/accessibility compliance and mobile use
Conducting the conversion
Performing quality and consistency checks
CEL has developed a considerable amount of expertise in this area as the department has been converting online course materials away from Flash since Fall 2017.
A fee will apply for this service and a detailed estimate will be provided to interested departments. Please contact Senior Production Manager, Matt Justice (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss how CEL can assist.