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CRM introduction training scheduled for Fall 2020

CRM Introduction Training has been scheduled for the Fall 2020 semester starting on September 28.

Sessions will be held on:

  • September 28 – 1:30-3 p.m.
  • October 14 – 10-11:30 a.m.
  • October 26 – 1:30-3 p.m.
  • November 11 – 10-11:30 a.m.

All training sessions will be presented on Zoom.  The Zoom session ID will be shared on the morning of the training to attendees. Sessions last for 1.5 hours and are limited to 20 people per session. You must be enrolled in the session to attend.

To sign up for training, sign in to HRIS.

  1. Under Self Service, choose Learning and Development, then KSU Training Enrollment.
  2. On the Request Training Enrollment page, look for CRM Introduction WIT310.
  3. Select View Available Sessions.
  4. Select the Session you would like to attend.
  5. Select Continue.

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State of IT Security presentation kicks off National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

During October, the Divison of Information Technology will particpate in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. Now in the 17th year, NCSAM continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

State of IT Security

Josh McCune, IT Security Analyst, will kick off the month with a State of IT Security presentation from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct.1. The following topics will be covered:

  • Attack Metrics — cyber attacks at K-State
  • Best practices for securely working from home
  • Security of IoT devices
  • Future of cybersecurity at K-State

Registration is required. Zoom information will be sent in a confirmation email.

More to come

In the coming weeks, we’ll share a variety of resources to help you outsmart cyber threats and protect you, your family, and K-State from online attacks. We encourage you to read and share the information with your colleagues, friends, and family.  When everyone takes proactive steps to secure their connected devices, personal and business accounts, and data, we all benefit from a safer and more secure digital world.

When it comes to cybersecurity, knowledge is power. Join us this October in the fight against cybercrime.

To learn more about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the events planned for K-State, look for upcoming K-State Today articles, go to k-state.edu/cybersecurity, and follow us on Twitter. The website will continue to be updated throughout the month. Questions? Contact Cathy Rodriguez at cathyr@ksu.edu.

Oct. 2: LIWC2015 for Computational Text Analysis

LIWC“Using LIWC2015 for Computational Linguistic Analysis” will be presented from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, via Zoom. (Link will not be live until the event.)

The Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) tool enables users to conduct computational linguistic analyses on single texts, collections of texts, and text corpora, in order to better understand the latent data.


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Sept. 28: Getting Started w/ ETDR Templates

""Are you a master’s or doctoral student? If so, it is likely that you will be conducting research as part of your studies. At some point, you may be writing a thesis, report, or dissertation to record your work to share with the profession and the world. K-State has updated templates (in MS Word and LaTeX) for students to use, in order to ensure that they include all required information in the proper formatting.

“Getting Started with ETDR Templates” is an online training on Zoom from 1 – 2:30 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 28.  

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Sept. 25: Intro to Adobe Photoshop

Are you a graduate student who uses digital imagery (photos, data visualizations, and others) in a master’s thesis, master’s report, or doctoral dissertation (in an ETDR application)? Are you a faculty or staff member who integrates photographs into slideshows, imageset, or videos?

“Intro to Adobe Photoshop” is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom at this URL.  This session introduces Adobe Photoshop as the leading software for editing and creating raster images (although it can output vector ones, too). This session will introduce the general graphical user interface (GUI) for this software. Then, it covers some basic uses and shows some walk-throughs of work sequences.

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September 27: Zoom requires all meetings to have a passcode or a waiting room enabled

Starting Septemer 27th, Zoom will be enhancing security measures by requiring all meetings to have a passcode or a waiting room enabled.

Zoom is changing from using the term password to passcode. A passcode is shared with meeting attendees so they can join a meeting. Password will refer to your login credentials. This move aligns with security guidelines which tells you to never share your passwords.

By default, Zoom will enable a waiting room if you don’t have a passcode or a waiting room set. The waiting room allows you to control when a participant joins a meeting. You can admit attendees one at a time or hold all attendees in the waiting room and admit them all at once.

If you have an existing meeting scheduled and you don’t want to use a waiting room, you will need to edit the meeting, add a passcode, and resend the meeting invite.

For more information, see Zoom’s FAQ Meetings Waiting Room and Passcode Requirements, July 2020 article. If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@k-state.edu).


September 21: Microsoft Teams Essentials training

Microsoft Teams Essentials training is scheduled 2-3:30 p.m., Monday, September 21.

Register for the Microsoft Teams training course and learn ways to be more efficient in our teaching, learning, and remote work environments.

You can also arrange a training session for groups (departments, units, teams, etc.). Complete the group registration form if you are interested in scheduling a group training session.

Help with Microsoft Teams

A team has been created within Microsoft Teams to provide training and support for K-Staters. Sign in to Microsoft Teams and join the team using this link.

Benefits of using Microsoft Teams

  • Reduce the number of emails filling up your Inbox
  • Provides an alternative tool for web conferencing
  • Slick video/calls – without picking up a phone
  • Chat can occur in small and large groups
  • Quick turnaround time on some tasks
  • Use of Microsoft Teams does not require the use of VPN or remote desktop applications.

IT Update: September 2020

They’re back! The fall semester is well underway. The Division of Information Technology (IT) continues to upgrade the network infrastructure across campus, troubleshoot classroom technology when needed, collaborate on cleaning protocols for classroom and lab spaces, provide training for teaching, learning, campus operations, and more. 

The Network and Telecommunications team has been working on several projects across campus, including:
  • Ongoing renovations in Hale Library, McCain, and the Southside expansion at Bill Snyder Family Stadium
  • Infrastructure upgrades in ICE Hall, Polytechnic campus, VetMed complex, Unger, and Pat Roberts Hall
  • Working with various departments and the Academic and Student Technology group on AV equipment installs for the Manhattan and Olathe campuses

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Sept. 18: Exploring the Advanced Features of Qualtrics

“Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics” is scheduled 1:30–3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, online on Zoom. All students, faculty, and staff who use this research suite are welcome to attend.

The Qualtrics tool that powers K-State Survey is one of the most sophisticated online survey and research tools on the market. At K-State, it is used for research, teaching assessment, event registration, large-scale policy compliance trainings, late TEVAL evaluations, and more. There is also an integration from Qualtrics to NVivo for direct access to online survey data for qualitative and mixed methods analysis.

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