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Do you need to print your syllabi?

Limited free printing is available and has been doubled for the fall 2018 semester to $20/person which translates to about 200 black and white pages. Beyond those amounts, the Wildcat Card can be used for pay-for-printing. Unused balances do not carry forward to the next semester.

Print your syllabi at any of the following locations:

  • Business Building – floors 1–3 near elevator
  • Business Building – room 3121, Computer lab
  • Dickens Hall – room 1, Computer lab
  • IT Help Desk – Cat’s Pause Lounge, K-State Student Union, room 222
  • Justin Hall Lounge
  • K-State Student Union Open Lab – 1st floor
  • K-State Student Union Welcome Desk – 1st floor
  • Math/Physics Library – Cardwell Hall, room 105
  • Media Center – Seaton Hall, room 1
  • Weigel Library – Regnier Hall, room 0081

See the Service Locations by Category and Printing on campus web pages for more details.

K-State Online: Updates from the summer

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Several updates have been made to K-State Online during the summer months. Highlights from the summer are listed below. To see all the new features and fixed bugs in Canvas, view the Canvas Release Notes. Continue reading “K-State Online: Updates from the summer”

One-on-one help available for K-State Online

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One-on-one or group help sessions are available for instructors needing assistance with K-State Online. Instructors can schedule an appointment to meet with a K-State Online expert to review their course and answer questions. Continue reading “One-on-one help available for K-State Online”

Getting started with Canvas

by Information Technology Servicesstart

K-State Online is a collection of systems and tools that support online teaching and learning at Kansas State University. At the core of K-State Online is the Canvas Learning Management System. Whether you are an experienced K-State Online Canvas user or new to the LMS, we have compiled some tips to help you through the fall 2018 semester in the Getting Started with Canvas course for students. Continue reading “Getting started with Canvas”

Getting started with Canvas updated for fall 2018

by Information Technology Servicesstart

Whether you are an experienced K-State Online Canvas user or new to teaching with the LMS, we have compiled some tips and tricks to help you through the fall 2018 semester in the Getting started with Canvas course for instructors. Continue reading “Getting started with Canvas updated for fall 2018”

Grad students and advisers: ETDR walk-in help Friday, Aug. 10

The summer semester deadline for submitting theses and dissertations to the Graduate School is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.  Electronic theses, dissertations, and reports (ETDRs) must be submitted as PDFs through the K-REx repository. Use the following resources to finish up this week:

  1. Attend a walk-in ETDR help session 1-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in the Dickens 1 computing lab (located east of Hale Library). The lab has 32 Windows computers.
  2. Send an ETDR Request Form to get help via email on formatting issues, PDF conversion, K-REx, and so on. Attach thesis/dissertation files  by using the “paperclip” icon (near the Submit button or at top). Requests are answered within 24 hours during the deadline week. 
  3. Use the ETDR Review Checklist to catch 99% of errors that cause ETDR rejection by the Graduate School.

Continue reading “Grad students and advisers: ETDR walk-in help Friday, Aug. 10”

Hale Library and IT services continue availability for upcoming school year

By Communications and Marketing

Library and IT services are available after a fire on May 22 caused significant smoke and water damage to Hale Library. The building will be closed for the 2018-2019 school year for cleaning and reconstruction. Services have been relocated across campus with updated information available at k-state.edu/hale. While the damage is extensive, we now have the opportunity to rebuild a next-generation library even better than before.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to share the following information with students:

  • Maps of all printing, computer and study locations are available at k-state.edu/maps or on the K-State Mobile app.
  • Branch libraries are available in addition to a new Library Help location in the K-State Student Union at the welcome desk near Radina’s.
  • The IT Help Desk is available on the second floor of the K-State Student Union in the Cat’s Pause Lounge or by phone at 785-532-7722 or chat. Equipment checkout will be available in the same location on Aug. 20.
  • Students will have $20 of printing on their account for fall semester.
  • Library Help at the Union has course reserves and textbooks available for check out.
  • All current periodicals are available in the Math/Physics Library located in Cardwell Hall.
  • Ask a Librarian services are still fully operational in person, or by phone, email or chat. Contact us with any questions!
  • The Media Development Center will be located in 1 Seaton Hall.
  • Use the free Interlibrary Loan service to get books and articles from other libraries. All online library resources are available, but most of the physical collection that was in Hale will not be available during the 2018-2019 school year. Please note: we usually aren’t able to provide textbooks through this service. Stop by any library help desk either at our new Union location or a branch library to get help making a request online.

For the latest updates on the recovery efforts, subscribe to the Hale Library blog.

ERP Task Force presents “What is possible” vendor demos

K-State’s Enterprise Systems Exploratory Task Force will host three vendor demonstrations in early August on the topic of “What is possible with modern enterprise systems”. The task force will look at options for K-State’s major enterprise systems which support the critical business functions of human capital management, financial management, and student management. “Right now, we are not working to select a specific vendor or product, but instead look at the various options and assess K-State’s readiness to take on such a major effort”, commented Cindy Bontrager, vice president of Administration and Finance.

The following vendors will provide a 90-minute presentation followed by a brief question and answer session:

  • Workday – Wed., Aug. 8, 1-3 p.m. Zoom meeting ID: 534-258-432
  • Ellucian – Mon., Aug. 13, 1 -3 p.m.
  • Oracle Cloud – Tue., Aug. 14, 9-11 a.m.

All presentations will be held in the Wildcat Chambers (formerly the Union Little Theater) in the K-State Student Union.

“While the sessions will be available via Zoom and recorded, we hope that many people will take the opportunity to attend all three sessions in person”, said Gary Pratt, Chief Information Officer.

“The goal of the demos is to help people who work every day in K-State’s systems to understand the advances that have been made in the area of applications known as cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems”, said Rob Caffey, chair of the Enterprise Systems Exploratory Task Force. “The first task is to get people thinking more broadly about what is possible. Then the task force will hold a series of listening tours in the early fall to hear what people think we need, what is working and not working, etc.”

The Enterprise Systems Exploratory Task Force includes 16 professional staff members from across campus and is co-sponsored by Cindy Bontrager (VP for Administration and Finance) Pat Bosco (VP for Student Life), Jay Stephens (VP for Human Capital Services), and Gary Pratt (Chief Information Officer).

Faculty/staff: Keep your data safe with Code42 Classic

by Information Technology Services

Code42 Classic, formerly known as CrashPlan, is an alternative to traditional computer backups. Code42 Classic will back up files on your workstation, laptop or desktop computer in a continuous, invisible, uninterrupted manner, and send you a periodic report of the status of your backup. Code42 Classic encrypts your data, and then backs the data up to the cloud. Continue reading “Faculty/staff: Keep your data safe with Code42 Classic”

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”