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KSIS upgrade progress report

by Information Technology Services

The KSIS upgrade project team is currently working with various focus groups to conduct pre-release testing and prepare for the go-live date Monday, July 24.

KSIS will be unavailable during the upgrade window from Friday evening, July 21, through Sunday, July 23.

Once the upgrade is complete, KSIS will have a new mobile-friendly navigation. The new NavBar navigation will allow you to access: Recent Places, My Favorites, Navigator (all your folders), and Classic Home. Users will be able to add both Fluid (new) and Classic (old) pages to My Favorites in the NavBar.

KSIS users are encouraged to prepare for the upgrade by doing these:

Additional online help pages will be available soon, and walk-up help sessions are planned for August.

For more information about the KSIS upgrade, see the KSIS Upgrade Project website. If you have specific questions, contact Diana Blake, associate director, Information Systems Office, dkblake@k-state.edu, 785-532-7843.

Customizable KSIS homepage coming this fall

by Information Technology Services

As previously announced, K-State’s Student Information System (KSIS) is being upgraded to a new version. Starting fall 2017, KSIS will have a new, unified user interface where mobile-friendly pages dynamically change based on the screen size of the device being used: smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.
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KSIS upgrade coming fall 2017

by Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services is pleased to announce that K-State’s Student Information System (KSIS) will be upgraded to a new release fall 2017. The upgrade represents K-State’s ongoing investment to provide the KSIS user community with the most complete, flexible, and innovative student information system available. Continue reading “KSIS upgrade coming fall 2017”

Help K-State improve your experience with online tools

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Volunteers are needed for upcoming and ongoing studies of K-State online tools. These studies allow Information Technology Services (ITS) to gain feedback from K-Staters like you. ITS will use this information to learn what is working for you, what is not, and make changes as needed.

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Introducing Virtual Desktops at K-State

This spring the Instructional Technology team within iTAC has been hard at work on our newest innovation for campus, Virtual Desktops powered by Citrix XenDesktop and the Liquidware Labs Essentials Suite.  Through this initiative we will be providing a full Windows 10 desktop environment with all the apps that our users have come to expect, but with more granularity, control, and agility for administrators than ever before.


What Are Virtual Desktops?

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a shift in Liquidware Labsend-user computing back to the way things were done in the 1970’s and 80’s with mainframes and terminals. Continue reading “Introducing Virtual Desktops at K-State”

Draper appointed associate vice provost for Information Technology Services

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Betsy Draper has been appointed as the Associate Vice Provost for Information Technology Services beginning Monday, May 23, 2016. Draper will be responsible for the overall coordination of ITS strategic and investment planning, policy development, and portfolio management activities. She will also be in charge of research and analysis, including coordinating the identification, collection, tracking, and reporting of IT metrics, and the completion of industry and higher education surveys, as well as local, state and federal reports. Continue reading “Draper appointed associate vice provost for Information Technology Services”

Financial Information System successfully migrated to converged infrastructure

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Over the last eighteen months, Information Technology Services (ITS) staff along with vendor partners have been working to overhaul our aging information technology infrastructure. The process of modernizing the data center combines servers, storage, networking, virtualization and management in a single managed solution referred to as a converged infrastructure. Joe Lear, director of enterprise server technologies explained, “This updated environment will allow us to merge our current server infrastructure from over 300 physical servers to four server racks, expand our virtualization capabilities, reduce our space requirements, provide a more reliable and faster system for data delivery and storage, and reduce power and cooling needs for the data center.”

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Call for Presentation Proposals for SIDLIT 2016 Conference

Colleague 2 Colleague has put out a call for “transformational superheroes” working in SIDLIT call for proposalsSummer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (or SIDLIT, pronounced “sidelight”) conference. The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 4-5 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Check out the new Waters 231 technology classroom renovation

A big project this summer was the complete renovation and remodeling of the Waters 231 technology classroom. With faculty and student input, the Division of Facilities and iTAC have planned and created an updated space for teaching and learning.

Completed renovation of Waters 231 technology classroom, with link to panorama view
Completed renovation of Waters 231 classroom. Panorama view: Click the image, then drag left-right.

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