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Oct. 26: Getting Started w/ ETDR Templates

""Are you a master’s or doctoral student? If so, it is likely that you will be conducting research as part of your studies. At some point, you may be writing a thesis, report, or dissertation to record your work to share with the profession and the world. K-State has made available templates (in MS Word and LaTeX) for students to use, in order to ensure that they include all required information in the proper formatting. “Getting Started with ETDR Templates” is an online training on Zoom from 1-2:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26.  

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Sept. 28: Getting Started w/ ETDR Templates

""Are you a master’s or doctoral student? If so, it is likely that you will be conducting research as part of your studies. At some point, you may be writing a thesis, report, or dissertation to record your work to share with the profession and the world. K-State has updated templates (in MS Word and LaTeX) for students to use, in order to ensure that they include all required information in the proper formatting.

“Getting Started with ETDR Templates” is an online training on Zoom from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.  

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Aug. 14: Advanced NVivo 12 Plus

NVIVO“Advanced NVivo 12 Plus/NVivo” is a follow-up presentation from the “Introduction to NVivo 12 Plus/NVivo” offered earlier this term. This training will be held 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, online via Zoom.  (The link will not be live until the event.)

This presentation will address the following:

  • Any extant questions from the basic introduction of NVivo 12 Plus
  • How to set up qualitative data to be explored and queried
  • How to use the software on interview, survey, focus group, and similar data
  • How to query the collected data in an NVivo project (word frequency counts, text searches, matrix coding queries, matrix queries, proximity text searches, and other forms of text parsing)
  • How to create data visualizations (word trees, word clouds, dendrograms, ring lattice graphs, sociograms, and others) (for analysis and presentations)
  • How to conduct four types of auto-coding (by extracted themes and subthemes, by sentiment analysis, by structured data, and by supervised machine learning based on existing human coding)
  • How to set up a qualitative cross-tabulation analysis
  • How to output a basic report (including a custom codebook)

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Major professors: Encourage grad students to start writing in the ETDR template

More than 40 percent of graduate students come to iTAC for individual help in formatting their electronic theses, dissertations, and reports (ETDRs). Many of these students visit us when they’ve completed their writing, and say their major professor told them they most now put their completed paper into the ETDR template. If you want to help your students focus on their research and the content of their paper, steer them toward using the ETDR template from the very beginning.

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Grad students: Start writing your thesis in the ETDR template

If you’re starting to work on your thesis or dissertation this semester, you’ll save a lot of time and avoid frustration by using the ETDR Word template. Graduate students are required to submit their theses and dissertations electronically, and the template contains all the formatting required by the Graduate School.

In addition, the template contains several time-saving features, such as automatically creating the table of contents and caption numbers. The template makes use of the “styles” feature in Word. If “styles” is new to you, read about it on the ETDR website or make an appointment with an ETDR consultant at the IT Help Desk to review “styles” and use of the ETDR template.

An overview session may also be scheduled for groups of students in individual departments. Contact Marty Courtois (courtois@k-state.edu, 785-532-4428) for details.

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Q/A: How to add new PowerPoints to my Project Gallery?

I liked the K-State-themed PowerPoint templates mentioned in last week’s article.  When I download them, where should they be stored?

You can add them to PowerPoint’s Project Gallery so they’re easy to find and available whenever needed.

  1. Open the K-State PowerPoint template in PowerPoint.
  2. On the File menu, click Save As.
  3. In the Save As box, type a name for your design template.
  4. On the Format list, click Design Template (or Presentation Template if you use PowerPoint 98)
  5. Save the template in the My Templates folder under the Microsoft Office folder and then click Save.

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K-State-themed PowerPoint templates available

A number of K-State-themed PowerPoint templates are now available on the IT training site for download and use by K-Staters. Currently there are eight templates, each with a different K-State look. If you’ve developed any K-State-themed templates and would like to share them with the rest of the campus, send them to gr8ful@k-state.edu and we’ll add them to the templates already available.

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