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Category: Training

Seminars, presentations, workshops, and free classes

Grading in KSIS training for Fall 2019 now available

Grading in KSIS training is available for faculty and staff who are involved in submitting grades at the end of the fall 2019 term. Training topics include:

  • Transferring grades from Canvas to KSIS
  • Manually entering grades in KSIS
  • Updating grades in KSIS
  • Submitting a Grade Change Request form in KSIS
  • Q&A for grade submission at K-State

All sessions take place in 306 Calvin Hall.

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

To attend, sign up in HRIS (see the sign-up instructions). Walk-in attendees are welcome.

If you are unable to attend a session for Grading in KSIS but would like to receive training, contact Fred Darkow at fdarkow@k-state.edu to discuss availability.

Microsoft Teams Essentials training

Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration tool that allows users and organizations to efficiently discuss and work on projects and tasks without the need of email, phones, or file sharing applications. This hands-on training will cover:

  • Accessing the application
  • Exploring the layout of the user interface
  • Understanding the purpose for the different levels of communication
  • Working on files at the same time as others
  • Getting an introduction to some of the additional apps
  • Demonstrating the integration to other Microsoft Office applications (such as Word and Excel)
  • Getting a brief walk-through of Shifts (scheduling)

More advanced features like Team creation and management will not be covered in this course.

Each training session will be limited to 30 users. Sessions will be held in Calvin 306 computer lab. Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Session 1: November 4, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Session 2: November 7, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Session 3: November 7, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

There will also be onsite training classes at the Polytechnic Campus on November 5 in STC-124. These training sessions will be limited to 20 users.  Sessions are scheduled for the following date and times:

  • Session 1S: November 5, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Session 2S: November 5, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Register for the training.



Cybersecurity awareness training delivered to your inbox on Oct. 29

The annual state-mandated cybersecurity awareness training will be delivered to your inboxes on Tuesday, Oct. 29. All faculty, staff, and student employees must complete the online training by Nov. 12.

If you use Outlook on the Web and you don’t see the training invitation in your Focused inbox, check your Other folder.

Cybersecurity awareness training is an important part of K-State’s strategy to protect our information systems and data. “We ALL have a responsibility to protect the information assets entrusted to us. Everyone at K-State serves a critical role in protecting K-State data”, said Chad Currier, K-State’s chief information security officer.

Everyone at K-State serves a critical role in protecting K-State data

This training, required by state statute, introduces basic computer security concepts and good security practices and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Once you complete the training, your personnel record in HRIS will be updated. It will be listed under the Training Summary as Cybersecurity Awareness, with the course code WIT590.

If you have questions about the security awareness training, contact the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@k-state.edu or 532-7722.

CRM introduction training Oct. 31, Nov. 12, and Dec. 2

CRM Introduction Training has been scheduled for Oct. 31, Nov. 12, and Dec. 2. All training sessions will be in Calvin Hall 306, and training will last for 1.5 hours. Training sessions are limited to 20 people per session. You must be enrolled in the session to attend.

To sign up for training, sign in to HRIS.

  1. Under Self Service, choose Learning and Development, then KSU Training Enrollment.
  2. On the Request Training Enrollment page, look for CRM Introduction WIT310.
  3. Select View Available Sessions.
  4. Select the Session you would like to attend.
  5. Select Continue.

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Master Extract Reporting in KSIS training

Training sessions for Master Extract Reporting in KSIS are now available. The sessions are only for staff who have been granted the Master Extract Reporting permission.

You must have permissions setup for Master Extract Reporting in KSIS before you can take this class.

All sessions are scheduled in 306 Calvin Hall:

  • Wed., Oct. 30, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Mon., Nov 11, 2 – 3 p.m.

Registration through HRIS is required. See Using HRIS to register for classes.

If the offered sessions does not fit your schedule, please contact the KSIS training coordinator, Fred Darkow, at fdarkow@k-state.edu to request additional classes. Attendees will be notified if a session is canceled and will be asked to register for an alternative training session.

KSIS Class Scheduler training available for Fall 2019

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

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

  • Mon., Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Tues., Sept. 24, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Class Scheduler Tools (NEW)

  • Mon., Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Tues., Oct. 1, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Class Scheduler Refresher

  • Fri., Oct. 4, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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 fdarkow@ksu.edu for more options.

Sept. 6: Exploring Microsoft Excel (Basic)

An introductory training for Microsoft Excel is scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in 306 Calvin Hall.

Exploring Microsoft Excel Basics

About Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is the foremost spreadsheet program in use today.

It is commonly used to…

  • Conduct calculations
  • Clean data
  • Graph or plot data (to identify data patterns)
  • Create data visualizations (both static and interactive)
  • Apply visual styles to data tables and data visualizations
  • Create interactive data visualizations (interactive pivot tables, interactive dashboards with sliders, and others)
  • Create simple macros for continuing data handling (with Visual Basic programming language)
  • Process data for analytics in other software programs
  • Enable the share-ability of information
  • Access online survey data (in analyze-able format), and more…

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August 23: Coffee and Conversation with IT and Global Campus staff

Come get your technology questions answered during Coffee and Conversation from 9-10 a.m., August 23 in the Konza Room, K-State Student Union.

Coffee and Conversation

IT and Global Campus staff will be available to answer your questions about technical tools, applications, provide assistance with a Canvas course, share the online course checklist and more. Come early and stay late. Get your questions answered prior to the start of classes.

May 1: iClicker Information Day

iClicker logoiClicker has been partnering with K-State to provide classroom response solutions for more than a decade. Developed by educators at the University of Illinois, iClicker is known for its white remotes with buttons for voting; its mobile solution, Reef, is the highest-rated paid student engagement app. iClicker is the only Canvas-integrated solution offering both mobile and dedicated hardware (does not require Wi-Fi) solutions to K-State.

Information Technology Services is working with the Macmillan iClicker team to offer an iClicker Information Day, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, Big 12 room, in the K-State Student Union. Formal workshops and individual sessions will introduce new users to iClicker technologies and will ensure that all are getting the most out of student engagement options.

Two workshops and one presentation will be offered to accommodate different teaching schedules. Each will include what Learning Science studies tell us about student engagement, performance, and retention; how iClicker implementation can improve student focus, provide instant feedback, promote peer-to-peer instruction, identify misconceptions, increase attendance, give every student a voice—in general, get more out of the classroom–in classes both big and small; and how iClicker is the most affordable supported option available to your students.

iClicker Information Day Offering:

  • 8:30-10:00—Individual Sessions
  • 10:00-11:30—Workshop: Getting The Most From iClicker
  • Noon-1:30—Lunch & Learn Presentation: iClicker Cloud and Reef—The Latest in Classroom Engagement (Cottonwood Room)
  • 2-3:30—Workshop: Getting the Most From iClicker
  • 3:30-5:00—Individual Sessions

Registration is requested.

If you cannot make any portion of the day and would like more information on iClicker, please contact K-State’s iClicker specialist, David Maltby (david.maltby@macmillan.com).

If you have any questions about this event or would like more information about iClicker and K-State, contact Scott Finkeldei (curtain@ksu.edu).

April 25: Top Hat Certification Day Agenda

Top Hat CertificationYou still have time to register for the Top Hat Certification Day which is 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. April 25,  Big 12 room, in the K-State Student Union. 

Top Hat, a classroom engagement system that has been integrated with Canvas, is growing in adoption at K-State. Come join us for the day to see if this is a tool for you or to enhance your skills if you are already using the tool.

Agenda for the day

  • 9:30 a.m. – Registration
  • 10:00 a.m. – noon – Drive Effective Student Behaviours outside of class
    This sessionwill provide insight on different assignment styles and how to use Top Hat for comprehension, feedback, motivation and improvement before class.
  • Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch / Faculty Q & A Session (Cottonwood Room)
    Faculty who currently use Top hat in a few unique ways will share insights on topics such as the use of technology in the classroom, techniques to improve engagement and the use of interactive content outside of the classroom.
  • 1:30 – 3 p.m. – Creating an Active Learning environment during class
    This session will include advanced techniques that fit to many pedagogical styles including using Top Hat in a flipped classroom, for group work and in a more traditional lecture.

If you have any questions about the event or Top Hat usage at K-State, contact Scott Findeldei (curtain@ksu.edu).