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K-State Online: Spring 2019 courses have been created

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The Automatic Course Creation for spring 2019 is now complete. Course shells (with the exception of 900-level courses) have been created in K-State Online. Student rosters will automatically be kept in sync with KSIS, with student drop/adds happening in near real-time. Changes to the course in KSIS will be reflected in the K-State Online course. To have a 900-level course created, contact the IT Help Desk.

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Nov. 16: Tapping Social Media with NCapture and NVivo 12 Plus

“Tapping Social Media Data with NCapture and NVivo 12 Plus” will be offered 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in 306 Calvin Hall (a computer lab). 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 12 Plus, a qualitative and mixed methods data analysis tool. (The NVivo for Mac now enables this functionality as well.)

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Nov. 8: Cybersecurity Awareness training reminder

An email invitation for Cybersecurity Awareness training was sent to faculty and staff on Oct. 4. On Nov. 8, a reminder will be sent to those who haven’t completed the training.  This annual training, required by state statute, introduces basic computer security concepts and good security practices and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.


Each person receives a unique link for the training and the link shouldn’t be shared with others. Also, it is best to set enough time aside to complete the training in one setting. Some have ran into problems when trying to return to complete a partially completed survey.

If you haven’t completed the training and you didn’t receive a reminder, check in the Junk folder and the Other folder (at the top of the inbox if using Outlook on the Web). If you still don’t see a reminder, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@ksu.edu) and we will troubleshoot.

Once the training has been completed, it will be added to your training summary in HRIS.

Grad students and advisers: ETDR walk-in help sessions Nov. 6-16

The fall semester deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 for submitting ETDRs (electronic theses, dissertations, and reports) to the Graduate School.  All ETDRs must be submitted as PDFs through the K-REx repository system.  Use the resources below to help finish by the deadline.

Walk-in ETDR help sessions Nov. 6-16

  • Nov. 6 (Tue) — 5-7 p.m.
  • Nov. 7 (Wed) — 4-6 p.m.
  • Nov. 9 (Fri) — 3-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 13 (Tue) — 5-7 p.m.
  • Nov. 15 (Thu) — 5-7 p.m.
  • Nov. 16 (Fri) — 1-5 p.m.

All sessions are in the Media Center in Seaton Hall, Room 1 (basement level). The center has Windows and Mac computers, scanners, Microsoft Office suite, and Acrobat Pro software to fix problems with PDF conversion.  Continue reading “Grad students and advisers: ETDR walk-in help sessions Nov. 6-16”

Grading in KSIS training for Fall 2018 now available

Grading in KSIS training is available for faculty and staff who are involved in submitting grades at the end of the fall 2018 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.

  • Wednesday, November 28, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, November 30, 11 a.m. – 12 p.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.

K-State Online October updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on Oct. 27. 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 October 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 October updates”

Join ITS for a discussion on “Dark Tales of the Net” on Oct. 31, Union Big 12 room

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, ITS is hosting a discussion, Dark Tales from the Net from noon-1 p.m., Oct. 31 in the K-State Student Union Big 12 room. Free food will be served while supplies last. Chad Currier will be kicking off the discussion.

Have you ever had any of your accounts compromised (eID/password stolen, social media account hacked, banking information stolen, etc.)? Have you ever had a breakup and your ex had access to all your accounts or other private information about you? If so, come and share your experiences with us or just come and listen to the experiences of others.


Our shared responsibility to ensure online safety at work

The lines between our work and daily lives are becoming increasingly blurred, and it is more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity practices carry over between the two. Online security is a shared responsibility.

Online security is a shared responsibilty

Here are some tips that can make you safer and more secure at work and at home:

  • Keep a clean machine. Having the latest security software, web browser, apps and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats. Remember, mobile phones, point of sale systems and tablets need updating too!
  • Lock down your login. Enable the strongest authentication tools available for your online business accounts, such as biometrics or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. This security feature is also available on personal accounts such as email, bank and social media.
  • Back It Up. Put in place a system – either in the cloud or via separate hard drive storage – that makes electronic copies of the vital business information on a regular basis. At home, make regular backups of all your important docs, files and photos.
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Now more than ever, employees are using their personal smart devices – such as PCs and smartphones – for work purposes. It’s important to consider where sensitive company, customer and/or employee data is being accessed and implement
    a policy to BYOD use.
  • When in Doubt, Throw it Out. Whether at work or in their personal lives, employees should know not to open suspicious links in email, tweets, posts, online ads, messages or attachments – even if they know the source.
  • Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business. It’s not just the job of IT staff or business owner to ensure online safety at work. Creating a culture of cybersecurity includes ALL employees knowing how to protect themselves and the organization and understanding the cyber risks as the business grows or adds new
    technologies or functions.

ITS Update

ITS UpdateEnterprise Architecture 2.0 and Planning – Planning for the K-State Enterprise Architecture 2.0 (data center, enterprise applications, networking, etc.) remains the top priority for ITS, with a goal to relocate systems and services from Hale Library in the next 18-24 months. We have been meeting with consultants, distributed IT, and ITS staff to plan for an inclusive architecture that combines on premise and public/private cloud computing. Within this framework, we will be using terms like infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, application and/or software as a service. Definitions of each and more will be shared in the coming months.  

Speaking of cloud, ITS is maintaining HRIS in the cloud. As part of our business continuity process, KSIS has been staged in AWS.


Gary Pratt, CIO continues listening tours with the K-State community regarding our future ERP environment. For more information, see the ERP Task Force website.

ITS is building a Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Plan using Boldplanning, a system available from the State of Kansas. Continue reading “ITS Update”