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Nov. 11: Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics training

“Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics” training is 1:30–3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in 401B Hale Library. All faculty, staff, and students who use this research suite are welcome to attend.

Qualtrics Advanced Training, Friday, Nov. 11, 3:30-4:30, 401 Hale Library

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Be aware of increase in university phishing scams

Since Jan. 1, Information Technology Services reported and blocked more than 2,100 phishing scams. However, before the blocks were in place, nearly 1,000 K-Staters shared their eID passwords.

Remember: You are responsible and the best line of defense to protect your identity, personal information and university resources. K-State will never ask for your eID password over the phone or in an email.

Attention: ITS staff will change the way K-State filters email on Thursday, Oct. 27. Specifically, email coming through k-state.edu or ksu.edu domains will be run through an email filtering process to reduce the amount of spam and phishing scams reaching your inbox. With the number of spam emails and phishing scams coming through to ksu.edu and k-state.edu addresses, we all need to change our practices.

K-State is changing how it filters email. Check your junk folder for legitimate email.

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Additional ETDR walk-in sessions during ETDR deadline week of Nov. 18

Graduate students who plan to send their electronic theses, dissertations, and reports (ETDRs) to the Graduate School have about four weeks left before the semester deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, when ETDRs must be submitted via the K-REx system.

In addition to ETDR walk-in clinics every Tuesday through Nov. 8 in 301A Hale Library, five extended-help sessions are scheduled Nov. 14-18 in the Media Development Center, 213 Hale Library (adjacent to the IT Help Desk):

  • Monday, Nov. 14 — 1-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 — 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 18 — 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Distance students and those not on the K-State-Manhattan campus may schedule Zoom and phone meetings on a first-come, first-served basis by using the ETDR Request Form (K-State eID/password required).

More about ETDR services is on the ETDR website at k-state.edu/grad/etdr.

Easily access some of your K-State balances

by Information Technology Services

Do you know your free printing balance? What about your current Cat Cash balance or the number of meals remaining on your meal plan? With the new Balances widget in Connect, students, faculty and staff can easily check all three.


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K-State Online October updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on Oct. 8. Canvas operates on a monthly release cycle through which features are added or updated on the third weekend of the month.

To see all the new features and fixed bugs, view the complete October Release Notes. In addition to the Canvas release, Information Technology Services releases updates to services and integrations with K-State Online through the month as necessary. Continue reading “K-State Online October updates”

Dell Product Roadmap Presentation

Dell and the Information Technology Services invite you to a Client Roadmap presentation with Jeff Cannon, Jay Tunnell, and Jerry Adams of Dell. The presentation will be 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, in 501 Hale Library (Hemisphere Room).

The presentation will include a review of current and upcoming product details for Dell’s professional models. There will also be a discussion on the current models posted on the Kansas State University Premier page.

Your feedback is requested to help increase and refine those offerings. Send any questions to Kristin Tobias, 785-532-5395, kristin9@ksu.edu.

Tech Tips Live! Oct. 19: Project Management the Fun Way!

Dawn Wall will present “Project Management the Fun Way!” at 11 a.m., October 19, via Zoom. Join this session to learn how to combine a project management tool with Qualtrics survey components. Topics include:

  • Overview of Trello – an easy, visual, and interactive project management tool
  • Use Trello solo and in teams
  • Leverage email features in Trello and Qualtrics
  • See examples of Trello boards (virtual bulletin board, assistance ticket requests, study board, general project management)

Join the session at ksu.zoom.us/j/873539443. Visit the Tech Tips Live! website for information about the series and to view videos of previous sessions.

New Courses widget in Connect coming soon

by Information Technology Services

All of your courses for the current semester will soon be together in one easy view – the new Courses widget in Connect at connect.k-state.edu. The new Courses widget combines and improves the previously separate KSIS and K-State Online widgets. Continue reading “New Courses widget in Connect coming soon”

Reminder: Fall 2016 Shred Day is Tuesday, Oct. 11

Shred Day is scheduled 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, to properly dispose of university paper records on the Manhattan and Salina campuses.

This year we are testing a limited service for shredding light storage media (floppy disks, flash drives, etc.). Hard drives will not be accepted. As in the handling of paper, the media must be delivered in boxes weighing less than 25 pounds each. The collected media will be destroyed by the vendor. iTAC reserves the right to refuse items that are unacceptable for transport, or too large for reasonable accommodation. For any questions regarding this service, please contact the iTAC reception desk at 785-532-4918.

K-State Shred Day - Oct. 11

Departments can place their paper documents with personal identity information (Social Security numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers, etc.) in designated bags and boxes to:

  • Manhattan campus:  Deliver to Mid-Campus Drive near the K-State Student Union.
  • Salina campus:  Deliver to the loading area between the east and west wings of the Technology Center.

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Free academic licenses for all RapidMiner software products

The creators of RapidMiner are offering free licenses to their software tool to all rapidminer_logo_rgb_v1faculty and students at Kansas State University.  Steve Farr (sfarr@rapidminer.com), Communities Director at RapidMiner, shared the following information.

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