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K-State Online July updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on July 14. Canvas operates on a monthly release cycle, with features added or updated every three weeks.

To see all the new features and fixed bugs, view the complete July 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 July updates”

Auto-update temporarily unavailable for LISTSERV mailing lists

by Information Technology Services

K-State’s LISTSERV service  is working and sending mail to all  current  LISTSERV recipients. However, after the Hale fire, the service that automatically updates existing lists and allows the generation of new populations for  LISTSERV mailing lists has stopped functioning.

Because of critical university needs, key mailing lists have been given special consideration and are being updated daily:

Office 365: Email-retention settings activated Friday evening

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Office 365 email-retention settings will be activated on the evening of Friday, June 29. Any messages in Deleted Items folder or Junk Email folder over 30 days will be removed. Move any messages you would like to retain into other folders or the Archive folder before the evening of Friday, June 29.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Items will be automatically removed from your Deleted Items folder after 30 days. You can recover those removed items for up to 14 days after their removal. See the Knowledge Base article on restoring deleted items.
  • Items will be automatically removed from your Junk Email folder after 30 days.

Contact the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722, if you need help with your email.

The retention settings govern the automatic management of emails that have been moved to the Deleted Items folder and Junk Email folder. If you have questions about the retention policy, contact Greg Dressman, director of Enterprise Server Technologies, dressman@k-state.edu.

Scantron machine available in Union 

A Scantron machine is now available for use in the K-State Union; located just outside the Cat’s Pause Lounge.   

Scantron Machine outside Cat Pause Lounge

A machine was purchased because of the losses of two scantron machines during the Hale Library fire.  It can be used to scan student answers for uploading to the related quizzes and tests in Canvas.

Faculty should bring a USB drive to load files because the computer attached to the Scantron machine does not currently have a working network connection. 

Use of the Scantron machine is limited to the hours the IT Help Desk is open.  The current times are: 

  • Monday – Thursday – 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (excluding holidays) 
  • Friday – 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 
  • Saturday – 1-5 p.m. 
  • Sunday – 1-8 p.m. 

For questions about Scantron operation or use, please contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722 or helpdesk@ksu.edu. 

Office 365: Email-retention settings activated June 29

By Information Technology ServicesOffice 365 logo

Office 365 email-retention settings will be activated on the evening of Friday, June 29. These retention settings govern the automatic management of emails that have been moved to the Deleted Items folder and Junk Email folder.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Items will be automatically removed from your Deleted Items folder after 30 days. You can recover those removed items for up to 14 days after their removal. See the Knowledge Base article on restoring deleted items.
  • Items will be automatically removed from your Junk Email folder after 30 days.

Contact the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722, if you need help with your email.

If you have questions about the retention policy, contact Greg Dressman, director of Enterprise Server Technologies, dressman@k-state.edu.

Update from ITS regarding restoring services

Information Technology Services (ITS) continues to work to recover from the Hale Library fire which damaged the K-State main data center and displaced about 30% of ITS staff. Electrical power has been re-connected to the data center as of Mon., June 18. Not all equipment is fully operational due to moisture damage. Nearly all systems and services are online now, but the stressed equipment may fail causing periodic outages.

Daily operational and project work is being evaluated to refocus resources to continue the recovery efforts. For the next 8-10 weeks, you might experience increased response times and project delays as most efforts are directed toward being prepared to support the campus community for the beginning of Fall semester.

Beware: Phishing scams on the rise this week

K-State is seeing a significant increase in the number of phishing scams within the last few days.  Phishing scams are used as a way to trick you into giving up your credentials (eID and password). Once you give up your credentials, the scammer has access to all your K-State accounts.

There have been 239 phishing scams — some duplicates — resulting in 43 compromised accounts since Mon., June 11. The compromised accounts are then used to send additional phishing scams.

K-State will never ask for your eID, password, etc. by email or in a survey. If you are uncertain about the legitimacy of an email, check the Phishing scams website.  When in doubt don’t respond, just delete.

Report phishing scams to abuse@ksu.edu and be sure to include the email headers in your message.

Contact the IT Help Desk 785-532-7722 if you have additional questions about phishing scams.

Media Center is up and running in Union after Hale fire

With a new name, location, and modified hours, the Media Center (formerly the Media Development Center in Hale Library) is now open for service in the Cat’s Pause Lounge, Room 222, in the K-State Student Union.

The Media Center will have modified hours over the summer:

  • Monday-Friday – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday – 1-5 p.m.
  • Sunday – CLOSED

Services include:

  • Media production
  • Film
  • Audio
  • 2D design
  • 3D  development
  • Virtual reality
  • Scanning

For more information, visit the website, call 785-532-7422, or email Jahvelle Rhone, media coordinator, rhone@k-state.edu.

June 22: New Features in NVivo 12 Plus training

NVivo 12 Plus, the world’s leading qualitative data analytics software, has recently released a new version. A training session on the new features (Windows) will be offered 2-4 p.m., Fri., June 22, in Calvin 306. There will be time for plenty of questions–as needed. The room will be open from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

An RSVP is NOT required. All are welcome.

Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops and follow along if they wish.  Please note that the Windows and Mac versions of NVivo are somewhat different (although becoming more similar in functional capabilities over time).

This latest version features some new analytics tools, including one for qualitative cross-tab analysis. This software has a data exchange integration with IBM’s SPSS.  There are new data visualizations features as well.

 

 

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