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K-State Online March updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on March 11. 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 March 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 March updates”

Free seminars March 13-April 4: DSLR cameras, Adobe (Premiere, Lightroom, Illustrator) and Video Format Conversion

Students and faculty/staff are invited to participate in these hands-on seminars offered March 13-April 4 by the Media Development Center. No enrollment is needed. Stop by 213 Hale Library at the times and dates below.

  • Introduction to Using a DSLR camera and Adobe Premiere Pro — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 13
  • Introduction to using Adobe Lightroom and Photo Retouching — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14
  • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator-Basics — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27
  • Introduction to Video Format Conversion — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 4

For details, see the MDC classes webpage or contact Jahvelle Rhone, media development coordinator (785-532-7422, rhone@k-state.edu).

March 30: Introduction to Qualtrics

Qualtrics, a robust and versatile survey tool, is used for a variety of purposes at K-State.  A few examples:

  • Event registrations
  • Satisfaction surveys
  • Online forms
  • Academic research
  • Training
  • and more

Ready to start learning how to use the tool? An Introduction to Qualtrics training is 2:00-3:00 p.m., Thursday, March 30 in 318 Calvin Hall.

Introduction to Qualtrics

Topics to be covered:

  • Create and manage surveys
  • Question types overview
  • Look and feel
  • Collaboration
  • Block options and survey flow
  • Display and skip logic
  • Distribution
  • Reports

All faculty, staff, and grad students are welcome to attend. No registration is required.

If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Gould (ragou@ksu.edu) or Cathy Rodriguez (cathyr@ksu.edu).

K-State Online summer and fall 2017 automatic course creation

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The summer and fall 2017 course shells (with the exception of 900-level courses) have been created in K-State Online. Instructors now have the ability to make changes to their courses to prepare for summer and fall. Enrollments in KSIS will be automatically updated in K-State Online as they occur.  Continue reading “K-State Online summer and fall 2017 automatic course creation”

Thesis and dissertation walk-in help 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Hale 301A

Master’s and doctoral students who are writing or having formatting issues with their theses and dissertations are encouraged to attend Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) weekly walk-in clinics 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday through April 12 in 301A Hale Library, even during spring break.

Stop by and get your Word and LaTeX questions answered.  Leave when you like.  Stay and learn more tips, timesavers, and solutions.  Bring a laptop if you want specific help on your ETDR.  Topics vary (depending on your questions) but usually include:

  • Getting started using K-State’s ETDR writing templates
  • Reviewing ETDRs to meet Graduate School requirements
  • Prior publication
  • Adding figure/table captions
  • Plus your specific formatting needs

Distance students or those who cannot attend may request an ETDR meeting in person, by phone, or via Zoom webconferencing.  Class presentations are also available in person or via Zoom.  Use an ETDR request form (K-State eID/password required) to specify help needed and schedule meeting times.   Response time is 24-48 hours.

Reminder: New requirements for spring 2017 

Last August, updated ETDR writing templates went on the ETDR website with three changes that are now required for all theses, dissertations, and reports submitted in spring 2017 and on:

  1. Title format must be in sentence case (not ALL CAPS)
  2. Author name format must be in standard name format with uppercase/lowercase, as shown in KSIS records (not ALL CAPS)
  3. Copyright line new format:  © Firstname Lastname 2017.

March 17: Tapping Social Media Data with NCapture and NVivo 11 Plus training

“Tapping Social Media Data with NCapture and NVivo 11 Plus” will be offered 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, in 401B Hale Library. This presentation provides an overview of the NCapture browser add-on (to Google Chrome and Microsoft IE) as a tool for extracting information from social media platforms and will explore how the extracted data is analyzed using NVivo 11 Plus, a qualitative and mixed methods data analysis tool. (The NVivo for Mac now enables this functionality as well.)

Tapping social media data with NCapture & NVivo 11

Continue reading “March 17: Tapping Social Media Data with NCapture and NVivo 11 Plus training”

KSIS Class Scheduler training available for spring 2017

KSIS Class Scheduler training is now available. Sessions are designed for employees new to the Class Scheduler process as well as refreshers for employees who have previously updated class schedules.

KSIS Class Scheduler training

Topics include:

  • Printing the Class Schedule report
  • Updating room locations
  • Updating instructors
  • Updating the section status
  • Other course related details

All sessions are held in 306 Calvin Hall.  The dates and times for the Class Scheduler sessions are:

New Class Scheduler

  • 10:30 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, March 1
  • 1:30-3 p.m., Friday, March 3

Class Scheduler Refresher

  • 10:30 a.m.-noon, Monday, March 6
  • 1:30-3 p.m., Tuesday, March 7

Registration through HRIS is required. See Using HRIS to register for classes. If the current dates and times do not match your schedule, contact Fred Darkow at 532-3138 or fdarkow@ksu.edu for more options.

K-State Online February updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on Feb. 18. 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 February 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 February updates”

Learn what it takes to refuse the phishing bait!

Cybercriminals know the best strategies for gaining access to your sensitive data. According to IBM’s 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, human error is a factor in 95 percent of security incidents.

A few K-State stats:

  • In January 2016, there were 60 phishing scams reported resulting in 9 compromised accounts. A compromised account means hackers were successful in getting a K-Stater to give up their eID and password.
  • In January 2017, there were 355 phishing scams reported resulting in 313 compromised accounts!

What does this tell us?

You are the first line of defense in protecting your personal identity information. The numbers of phishing scams are going to continue to increase and the best defense is you!

Learn how to identify phishing scams and don’t give your credentials up to these criminals.

How to identify phishing emails

Continue reading “Learn what it takes to refuse the phishing bait!”

Connecting to the correct wireless network

K-State provides wireless network services for university students, faculty, staff, and guests. The three primary wireless networks are:

  • KSU Wireless — for current K-State faculty, staff, and students not living in K-State residence halls or Jardine Apartments.
  • KSU Housing — for current residents of K-State residence halls and Jardine Apartments.
  • KSU Guest — For temporary visitors to campus. This wireless network has no security.

Save the KSU guest wifi

There has been a surge in the connections to the KSU Guest wireless network causing an overload with that connection. Your devices are probably automatically connecting to KSU Guest without you realizing it.

How can you help?

Configure your device to forget the KSU Guest wireless network. After you forget the KSU Guest wireless network, your device will not automatically connect to it.

See the K-State Knowledge Base article “Forget a wireless network connection” for instructions on how to forget a network on your specific device.

In addition, if you have Windows 10, turn off Wi-Fi Sense which automatically connects to open WiFi access points.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk, helpdesk@k-state.edu, 532-7722.