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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. on Mon., Sept. 28.  

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Sept. 25: Intro to Adobe Photoshop

Are you a graduate student who uses digital imagery (photos, data visualizations, and others) in a master’s thesis, master’s report, or doctoral dissertation (in an ETDR application)? Are you a faculty or staff member who integrates photographs into slideshows, imageset, or videos?

“Intro to Adobe Photoshop” is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom at this URL.  This session introduces Adobe Photoshop as the leading software for editing and creating raster images (although it can output vector ones, too). This session will introduce the general graphical user interface (GUI) for this software. Then, it covers some basic uses and shows some walk-throughs of work sequences.

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September 27: Zoom requires all meetings to have a passcode or a waiting room enabled

Starting Septemer 27th, Zoom will be enhancing security measures by requiring all meetings to have a passcode or a waiting room enabled.

Zoom is changing from using the term password to passcode. A passcode is shared with meeting attendees so they can join a meeting. Password will refer to your login credentials. This move aligns with security guidelines which tells you to never share your passwords.

By default, Zoom will enable a waiting room if you don’t have a passcode or a waiting room set. The waiting room allows you to control when a participant joins a meeting. You can admit attendees one at a time or hold all attendees in the waiting room and admit them all at once.

If you have an existing meeting scheduled and you don’t want to use a waiting room, you will need to edit the meeting, add a passcode, and resend the meeting invite.

For more information, see Zoom’s FAQ Meetings Waiting Room and Passcode Requirements, July 2020 article. If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@k-state.edu).

 

September 21: Microsoft Teams Essentials training

Microsoft Teams Essentials training is scheduled 2-3:30 p.m., Monday, September 21.

Register for the Microsoft Teams training course and learn ways to be more efficient in our teaching, learning, and remote work environments.

You can also arrange a training session for groups (departments, units, teams, etc.). Complete the group registration form if you are interested in scheduling a group training session.

Help with Microsoft Teams

A team has been created within Microsoft Teams to provide training and support for K-Staters. Sign in to Microsoft Teams and join the team using this link.

Benefits of using Microsoft Teams

  • Reduce the number of emails filling up your Inbox
  • Provides an alternative tool for web conferencing
  • Slick video/calls – without picking up a phone
  • Chat can occur in small and large groups
  • Quick turnaround time on some tasks
  • Use of Microsoft Teams does not require the use of VPN or remote desktop applications.

Sept. 18: Exploring the Advanced Features of Qualtrics

“Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics” is scheduled 1:30–3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, online on Zoom. All students, faculty, and staff who use this research suite are welcome to attend.

The Qualtrics tool that powers K-State Survey is one of the most sophisticated online survey and research tools on the market. At K-State, it is used for research, teaching assessment, event registration, large-scale policy compliance trainings, late TEVAL evaluations, and more. There is also an integration from Qualtrics to NVivo for direct access to online survey data for qualitative and mixed methods analysis.

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September 9: Introduction to Qualtrics training

Intro to Qualtrics trainingQualtrics 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 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 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
  • Use block options and survey flow
  • Use display and skip logic
  • Distribute a survey
  • Run and analyze reports

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.

Reminder: HRIS and KSIS maintenance scheduled for Sept. 6

HRIS, KSIS, and DARS will be unavailable from midnight – 4 a.m., Sun., Sept. 6. Maintenance will be performed on the Oracle PeopleSoft systems. This maintenance will keep the system secure and enhance system performance. Once applied, the systems will be brought back up for your use. Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain our IT systems.

Microsoft Office versions set to retire on Oct. 13

Support for Office 2016 for Mac and Office 2010 for Windows will end on October 13, 2020. Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes, or security updates. You can still use these versions, but you may encounter performance or reliability issues over time.

Starting on October 13, 2020, only these versions of Office will be supported for connecting to Office 365 (and Microsoft 365) services:

  • Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (previously named Office 365 ProPlus)
  • Microsoft 365 Apps for business (previously named Office 365 Business)
  • Office 2019, such as Office Professional Plus 2019
  • Office 2016, such as Office Standard 2016

For more information on related Office client support timelines, see the Microsoft 365 and Office system requirements matrix.

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Cybersecurity: Be aware of phishing attacks

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information.

K-State sees a rise in phishing attacks during certain times of the year. The beginning of the semester is one of those times. This Professor & Department Head phishing email is a scam we are currently seeing.

Professor/Dept. Head Phishing Attempt
Also, be cautious about anything COVID-19 related. Visit K-State’s scam blog to see recent phishing emails sent to K-Staters.

Tips to prevent becoming a victim of phishing scams:

  • Don’t reply to suspicious, unexpected, or strange email.
  • Be wary of email with urgent requests for your personal or financial information, or your sign-in credentials.
  • Don’t open unexpected or unusual attachments, attachments from strangers, or strange-looking emails.
  • Don’t click links in unexpected emails, emails you suspect are fraudulent, or if you don’t know the sender.
  • Don’t click Sign In links. Go to the business website and sign in there, or contact their customer service for help.
  • Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for financial information. Only share credit card information via secure website or telephone.

If you have any questions about phishing scams, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@k-state.edu or 785-532-7722).

HRIS and KSIS maintenance scheduled for Sept. 6

HRIS, KSIS, and DARS will be unavailable from midnight – 4 a.m., Sun., Sept. 6. Maintenance will be performed on the Oracle PeopleSoft systems. This maintenance will keep the system secure and enhance system performance. Once applied, the systems will be brought back up for your use. Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain our IT systems.