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Author: Amanda Tross

K-State stops critical attack on software

by Information Technology Services

On Thursday, March 9, a critical exploit was executed around the world that enabled hackers to take control of web servers. At K-State, the software used to manage the Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarship Application and the Axio LMS (which is in limited use) was attacked. Within an hour of the exploit being known to the world, Information Technology Services (ITS) had an initial block of the attacks in place. Continue reading “K-State stops critical attack on software”

Registration Open for the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

Hosted by K-State’s Information Technology Services, the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference (ITL) is now open for registration! This two-day conference, held on March 4 and 5 in the K-State Student Union, offers:

  • A showcase of more than 40 of your peers demonstrating their use of technology in the classroom
  • Two mini-presentations you don’t want to missITL Logo
  • Seven hands-on workshops about popular tools used at K-State
  • Keynote and digital photography workshop presented by the Emmy-award winning New York Times columnist, David Pogue

To learn more and register for free, go to http://theitl.org.

Questions? Contact Swasati Mukherjee at swasatim@k-state.edu or 785-532-2499.

Testers wanted for new K-State Online wiki and blog tool

A new wiki and blog tool is available in K-State Online and we are looking for instructors to try it out and provide feedback.

Wikis and blogs can be a very useful addition to your courses. They can be used for group collaboration, journaling, responsive assignments and more.   Continue reading “Testers wanted for new K-State Online wiki and blog tool”

K-State Online: What happens when a student loses access while taking an online assignment?

If the assignment can be accessed more than once (multi-take) and the student saved their progress while taking the assignment, then they may be able to reopen the quiz and continue from where they lost access. However, if they were only allowed to access the online assignment once, used all their allowed accesses, or did not save their progress, then the instructor may want to grant them another access to the online assignment using the Exceptions tool.

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Missed the eID password-change deadline?

The mandatory spring eID password-change deadline was yesterday, Feb. 8. If you did not change your eID password, you will NOT be able to connect wirelessly to the Internet on campus, sign into your K-State email, iSIS, K-State Online, HRIS, and more.

If you miss the deadline and have previously set an alternate email address with security question-and-answer in the Password reset options section in eProfile (eid.k-state.edu), then you can reset your eID password online.

  1. Go to eProfile (eid.k-state.edu).
  2. Click the Forgot your eID password? link and then enter your eID.
  3. An email will be sent to your alternate email address.
  4. From that email, click the password-reset link and then answer your password-reset question.

If you did not set an alternate email address with security question-and-answer, you will need to contact the IT Help Desk. You can change your password over the phone or in person at the IT Help Desk, 214 Hale Library on the Manhattan campus, or at the ID Center, 103 TAC Building on the Salina campus. You will need to provide proof of your identity.

Immediately after changing your password, update the password settings with your new eID password in all your computers, devices, and applications, or else risk getting locked out of K-State wireless or email. This includes:

If you get locked out, you may get an “HTTP 400” error when trying to access K-State Zimbra webmail or not be able to connect to the Internet using wireless on campus. If this happens, update your eID password in your devices and, if you still can’t connect, contact the IT Help Desk.

Today, Feb. 8, is the deadline to change your eID password

All eIDs, including individual and group, must be changed by midnight tonight, Feb. 8. To change your password go to eProfile (eid.k-state.edu), sign in with your eID and current password, then click “Change your eID password” and follow the steps.

Don’t risk getting locked out of K-State wireless or email. Once you have changed to a new password, immediately update the eID password settings in all your computers, devices, and applications. This includes:

If you get locked out, you may get an “HTTP 400” error when trying to access K-State Zimbra webmail or may not be able to connect to the Internet using wireless on campus. If this happens, update your password in your devices and, if you still can’t connect, contact the IT Help Desk.

eID passwords must be changed by Wednesday, Feb. 8

All K-State eID passwords, including individual and group, must be changed by Wednesday, Feb. 8. To change your password go to eProfile (eid.k-state.edu), sign in with your eID and current password, then click “Change your eID password” and follow the steps.

Don’t risk getting locked out of K-State wireless or email. Once you have changed to a new password, immediately update the eID password settings in all your computers, devices, and applications. Continue reading “eID passwords must be changed by Wednesday, Feb. 8”

Spring eID password-change period open until Feb. 8

The spring 2012 semester eID password-change period is open until Feb. 8. This mandatory password change occurs every fall and spring and applies to all eIDs, including individual and group eIDs.

To change your password go to eid.k-state.edu, sign in with your eID and current password, then click “Change your eID password” and follow the steps.

Once you have changed your password, immediately update the password settings with your new password in all your computers, devices, and applications, or else risk getting locked out of K-State wireless or email. This includes:

  • KSU Wireless and/or KSU Housing wireless connections (using XpressConnect)
  • Your local email and calendar client such as Outlook, MacMail and iCal, Pegasus, or Gmail
  • Your mobile device(s) such as your cellphone or tablet

Forgot your password? Call the IT Help Desk (785-532-7722) and verify your identity. Staff can set a temporary password for you to sign in.

Email reminders are sent to K-Staters with unchanged passwords prior to the password change deadline. After Feb. 8, those with unchanged passwords will lose access to K-State webmail, iSIS, K-State Online, limited-free printing, university computer labs and other resources.

For more password details, including how to choose a good one, read the “frequently asked questions about eID passwords.”

 

Faculty: Import your students from iSIS to K-State Online

At the beginning of a new semester, you will need to add your students to your K-State Online roster. You can easily do this by importing all your students from iSIS. Students will also automatically be removed at the end of the semester after grades have been received from the Registrar’s Office.

  1. Sign in to K-State Online.
  2. Open your course or create a new one if you’ve never taught the course before.
  3. Click the Semesters and Sections link in the Users section.
  4. Click the Add sections to… the current semester link.
  5. In the Section Label box, type a descriptive label for the section. It can be anything you’d like because only you see this.
  6. (Important) In the Class Number box, type the iSIS Class Number.
    • Tip: To quickly find your Class Number, click the View Your Schedule link.  If there is no schedule available, or you are missing courses, please contact your academic department.  The schedule is populated with information from iSIS.
  7. Click the Add button. Your students will be added to your Roster.

If your course was created and offered during a previous semester, you will be prompted to copy all assignments from the previous semester to your new semester.  If you would like to copy these assignments, please see Reuse My Course to complete the transition.

Emergency contact, current contact info required for students

Beginning with the spring 2011 password-change timeframe (Jan. 1-Feb. 9), students will be required to have an emergency contact person on record with K-State and to confirm their contact information three times per year.

“This will ensure that we have the most current contact information for our students, including local and permanent address, phone numbers, and how to get in touch with the student’s emergency contact persons,” said Heather Reed, associate dean and director of the Office of Student Life. “In the event of an emergency, we need to be able to get in touch with the student’s chosen emergency-contact persons as soon as possible.”

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