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Apr. 5: Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics

“Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics” is scheduled 1:30–3:30 p.m. Fri., April 5, 2019, in 306 Calvin Hall (a computer lab). All students, faculty, and staff who use this research suite are welcome to attend.


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March 27: Introduction to Qualtrics via Zoom

Qualtrics surveys can be used for event registrations, satisfaction surveys, online forms, academic research, training, and more. Join us for an Introduction to Qualtrics training session from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Wed., Mar. 27 via Zoom. All students, faculty, and staff who use this research suite are welcome to attend.

Topics to be covered:

  • Create and manage surveys
  • Customize the look and feel
  • Collaborate with others
  • Distribute a survey
  • Run and analyze reports
  • Create a form using blocks and display and skip logic
  • Using libraries

Graduate and undergraduate students must work with an advisor/supervisor for access to Qualtrics using this request form.

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

Duo: April 2 enrollment deadline for faculty/staff Group 5

by Information Technology Services

Members of Duo enrollment Group 5 will receive their enrollment email on Tuesday, March 19, with an enrollment deadline Tuesday, April 2.

K-State password + Duo (second-layer security) = Access

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How to keep up with changes in Qualtrics?

Qualtrics logoQualtrics routinely rolls out updated features to their platform. To stay up-to-date on future features, visit the Qualtrics Products Update page and then under the Product menu, select Research Core.

The page lists:

  • Released
  • Rolling Out
  • In Preview
  • In Development
  • Waiting

The following features have had updates in recent months:

  • Look and feel editor
  • SMS reminders & thank you messages
  • ExpertReview
  • Survey versioning and publishing

See the Products Update page for details.


Office 365: Gift card warning notification

Over the last few months, K-State has seen an increase in gift card scams. As you may have noticed a feature has been turned on in Office 365 that warns K-Staters about messages that contain the words “gift card” whether it is in subject line or in the body of the message. If the system detects those words, it will display the following disclaimer in your message:

**These messages have been known to be malicious. Please, be very cautious with these messages.**

You will most likely receive emails that are legitimate and emails that are scams. Review the email carefully before responding. The following are some examples:

Gift card email example

Notice a few things:

  • The email address seem suspicious.
  • The request is urgent. All scams put some sort of emergency in the request.
  • There are typos.

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Spring break 2019 hours: IT Help Desk, Equipment Checkout, and Media Center

The IT Help Desk, equipment checkout, and the Media Center will have reduced hours during spring break. Regular hours resume Mar. 17.

IT Help Desk (222 Cat’s Pause Lounge, Union) 

  • Mar. 9-10:  1 – 6 p.m. (email and phone only)
  • Mar. 11-15: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (all services available)
  • Mar. 16: 1 – 6 p.m. (email and phone only)

Equipment Checkout  (222 Cat’s Pause Lounge, Union) 

Mar. 11-15: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Media Center (001 Seaton Hall Hall)

  • March 11-15: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Mar. 16: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mar. 15: Intro to NVivo 12 Plus

NVIVOAn “Intro to NVivo 12 Plus” training is scheduled from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 15, 2019, in 306 Calvin Hall for all faculty, graduate students, and staff who may be using this qualitative (and mixed methods) data analysis tool.

This presentation, which covers NVivo 12 Plus basics, will address the following:

  • the basic parts of the NVivo 12 Plus interface
  • how to start and structure a research project (including a team project)
  • how to set up a project around a base language (Chinese/PRC, English/US, English/UK, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese/Brazil, and Spanish
  • how to ingest various multimedia file types (and curate heterogeneous and semi-structured digital data and digitized contents)
  • how to ingest some social media contents
  • how to begin manual and / or automated coding various media file types
  • how to run data queries in the tool and analyze resulting data visualizations (word clouds, word trees, matrices, geographical maps, bar charts, and others), and
  • how to back up the .nvp / .nvpx project file

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K-State Mediasite webinar March 18

Mediasite logoDuring the spring semester, Information Technology Services is hosting a new webinar training series focusing on Mediasite at K-State.

The webinar series highlights many of the powerful features offered through Mediasite. Faculty will learn how to use Mediasite within Canvas, with the final session demonstrating the Mediasite Desktop Recorder for capturing video from your own computer. Continue reading “K-State Mediasite webinar March 18”

IT Update


March has arrived like a lion with cold temperatures and IT staff cranking on projects.

Service Operations

Over 1,070 K-State employees have enrolled in Duo, two-factor authentication

Enterprise Server Technologies recently completed the move of Chef, their internal server orchestration tool to Amazon AWS. Through this process EST was able to retire 12 servers and replace them with three servers in the cloud. This is part of the rebuild phase post Hale fire.

During Spring Break, Networking and Telecommunications Services (NTS) is removing the wireless access points in Eisenhower, which were 2.4GHZ. This is in conjunction with the asbestos abatement project and in preparation for upgrades to Eisenhower occurring in the summer. NTS plans to update the access points to 5 GHz. Those accessing Eisenhower wireless should notice the difference.

A task force has been formed for the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) project. The RFP is out with a due date of April 5.  Listening sessions are planned for March 20 through April 30.

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