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Mediasite demo rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20

by Information Technology Services

Due to the winter storm and campus closure, the Mediasite demonstration has been rescheduled for 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Big 12 Room at the K-State Student Union. Continue reading “Mediasite demo rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20”

Canvas pilot is underway

By Information Technology Services

The spring 2014 Canvas extended pilot is underway at K-State. Canvas is a state-of-the-art Learning Management System (LMS) that offers a variety of powerful and intuitive tools and provides an opportunity for K-State to evaluate a modern platform for interacting with students online. Continue reading “Canvas pilot is underway”

Information Technology summer projects, Part 3: Qualtrics, Pulse events calendar, Canvas, and more

by Information Technology Services

The busiest summer on record for Information Technology Services continues to remain that way. Adding to our list are these projects (more details below).

  • Qualtrics online survey tool replacing Axio Survey
  • Pulse, a single university-wide events calendar being beta-released
  • Selective Scholarship updates
  • Canvas learning management system pre-pilot evaluation
  • Affirmative Action Appendix 22 Self-Identify updates

Continue reading “Information Technology summer projects, Part 3: Qualtrics, Pulse events calendar, Canvas, and more”

More ITS status updates on summer projects

by Information Technology Services

There’s only five weeks until the start of the fall semester, and Information Technology Services is busy completing many summer projects. Before you jump to the detailed list below, note these tech-classroom upgrades happening this week:

  • Bluemont 101 classroom upgrade — the epoxy floor is being poured.
  • All Faiths Chapel classroom is closed and being updated with a projector, new screen, and wireless.

Continue reading “More ITS status updates on summer projects”

Big summer projects in Information Technology Services

Summer months are when Information Technology Services (ITS) prepares for the next academic year. This summer may prove to be the busiest summer on record for ITS, and it got even busier with needed support for the NCAA regional tournament in June.

K-State hosted the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament June 2 at Tointon Stadium
NCAA Regional baseball tournament hosted at K-State

K-State recently hosted the NCAA Manhattan regionals (June 2), and ITS staff had a mile-long to-do list in support of the  tournament, including providing wired and wireless coverage for the press during this event. ITS ran ISDN and analog lines for ESPN to support Media Broadcasting from Tointon Stadium. In the Brandeberry Complex, staff installed wired and wireless Ethernet locations. In the merchandise tent, cabling was installed to provide connections for credit card transactions.  Continue reading “Big summer projects in Information Technology Services”

Qualtrics survey tool now available for faculty and staff

Faculty and staff have a new survey tool at their disposal available through Information Technology Services.  Qualtrics is a comprehensive survey tool with more than 90 question types, simplified reporting tools, online training modules, a library of surveys to peruse and so much more.

Faculty and staff can begin using Qualtrics immediately by visiting survey.ksu.edu.  Graduate students will need to ask their major professor or supervisor to request access by completing the service request form online.  Continue reading “Qualtrics survey tool now available for faculty and staff”

From CIO Ken Stafford: Microsoft 365 to replace current university email system

By Ken Stafford

Dear Colleagues and Students,

In July the university’s email system will switch over to Microsoft 365, a full-featured email client used by professionals around the world. Among the enhancements you are likely to see are improved reliability, enhanced security and spam and phishing protection, more robust calendar features, and compliance with federal data locations and security — a necessity for K-Staters working with federally funded grants.  Users who forward their email to open systems like Google, Yahoo and Hotmail will still be able to forward email to such systems.  Continue reading “From CIO Ken Stafford: Microsoft 365 to replace current university email system”

Project plan under way to sunset Axio Survey

By Rebecca Gould

Information technology services is in the process of developing a project plan to sunset Axio Survey, a survey tool developed by information technology services more than 10 years ago. Updates have been made to the tool since its release in 2001; however, few upgrades and investments have been made in this application over the last five years while information technology services’ programmers work on other enterprise projects. Also since its release, more comprehensive survey tools are available that allow for collaboration across the world and are available in the cloud.  Continue reading “Project plan under way to sunset Axio Survey”

Summer break? No way; ITS busy boosting technology

Since May, Information Technology Services has been busy sprucing up the campus network, upgrading technology, and more. Below is a short list of the projects that occurred over the summer.

1. Network upgrades.
ITS completed a total network upgrade to Fairchild Hall, and added wireless in Ahearn, Call, and Willard halls. The average number of users during high usage periods is approximately 6,700. ITS is in the process of a total building rewire for Cardwell Hall plus new electronics. ITS installed a new network access control system, SafeConnect in the residence halls which ensures that computers are up-to-date with operating systems, patches  and antivirius configurations.

2. Wireless network security.
ITS increased the security of the wireless network implementing the industry standard WPA2 Enterprise. K-Staters will find three new SSIDs  — network names — in their list of wireless networks available on campus:

  • KSU Wireless, for all K-Staters
  • KSU Guest, for campus visitors (no access to K-State Enterprise Systems)
  • KSU Housing, for residence hall and Jardine residents only

3. Nine more technology classrooms.
Nine general-use classrooms that are part of the upgrade for 50 rooms to basic technology were completed. The rooms include 112 Bluemont Hall, 208 Fairchild Hall, 216 Kedzie Hall, 2 Natatorium, 162 Seaton Hall, 132 Waters Hall, and 120, 122, and 123 in Willard Hall. The technology includes a projector, a simple control panel, switching equipment, and sound amplification. These systems are based on new digital standards, allowing for HDMI, VGA, Component, and Composite inputs. Additional general-use classrooms will be completed over the next two years.

4. Parking services and textbooks. 
ITS worked with Parking Services to update the Parking System.  ITS modified the information available to students on the textbooks by adding two additional links for textbooks accessible from the Student Services Center in iSIS.

5. Content management system.
In conjunction with Communications and Marketing, ITS rolled out the new content management system to make it easier for units across campus to upgrade webpages. ITS also changed the messages that users receive when there is an error locating information on the K-State Web presence.

Watch K-State Today for upcoming information on technology happenings.

Campuswide site license for digital signage

Information Technology Services under the direction of Ken Stafford, CIO, has purchased a campuswide license from Four Winds Interactive for digital signage encompassing the Manhattan, Olathe, and Salina campuses.

A steering committee composed of individuals from across campus is planning the rollout of digital signage that includes a pilot test, recommendations on hardware, templates, policies/procedures that are important for digital signage use, and emergency management considerations.

Eric Dover from iTAC and Katie Mayes from Communications and Marketing co-chair the steering committee. To learn more, see the Four Winds Interactive website.