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Introducing Virtual Desktops at K-State

This spring the Instructional Technology team within iTAC has been hard at work on our newest innovation for campus, Virtual Desktops powered by Citrix XenDesktop and the Liquidware Labs Essentials Suite.  Through this initiative we will be providing a full Windows 10 desktop environment with all the apps that our users have come to expect, but with more granularity, control, and agility for administrators than ever before.

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What Are Virtual Desktops?

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a shift in Liquidware Labsend-user computing back to the way things were done in the 1970’s and 80’s with mainframes and terminals. Continue reading “Introducing Virtual Desktops at K-State”

Kansas State University Global Campus offering its first massive open online course: Health and Wellness 101

by News and Communications Services

MANHATTAN — As access to information on the Internet has increased, so has access to education.

Kansas State University Global Campus is launching its first massive open online course, or MOOC, titled Health and Wellness 101: Everyday Small Changes. This free online course teaches the small, realistic changes that can be made in daily lives to improve health, physical fitness and overall well-being. The first cycle of the course is taught Oct. 6 to Nov. 15, with content remaining open to students until Dec. 12.  Continue reading “Kansas State University Global Campus offering its first massive open online course: Health and Wellness 101”

Training available on Scalar, a free, online publishing platform aligned with the Semantic Web

Interested in a new open-source and free, hosted publishing platform with a wide reach?  Scalar has been setting the humanities world on fire with its smartly designed capabilities.

Faculty/staff who are interested in learning how to use this tool should email shalin@k-state.edu to request training.

Continue reading “Training available on Scalar, a free, online publishing platform aligned with the Semantic Web”

Campus network upgrades during spring break will cause interruptions in network connectivity

by Network and Telecommunications Services

Beginning Sunday, March 16, and throughout spring break, Network and Telecommunications Services will be performing upgrades to the wired and wireless campus networks.  Specific times and affected services will be posted on the “Status of ITS resources” page (k-state.edu/its/status) as the information becomes available.  Continue reading “Campus network upgrades during spring break will cause interruptions in network connectivity”

Information Technology Services partners with K-State Student Union on new computer lab

By Audrey Taggart-Kagdis
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K-State information technology services and the K-State Student Union have partnered to expand services in the Union.

A new computer lab is now available for use on the first floor of the Union. The lab, between the K-State ID Center and the Copy Center, features five new desktop workstations and is part of the university’s virtual desktop initiative. Continue reading “Information Technology Services partners with K-State Student Union on new computer lab”

Mediasite demo rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20

by Information Technology Services

Due to the winter storm and campus closure, the Mediasite demonstration has been rescheduled for 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Big 12 Room at the K-State Student Union. Continue reading “Mediasite demo rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20”

Canvas pilot is underway

By Information Technology Services

The spring 2014 Canvas extended pilot is underway at K-State. Canvas is a state-of-the-art Learning Management System (LMS) that offers a variety of powerful and intuitive tools and provides an opportunity for K-State to evaluate a modern platform for interacting with students online. Continue reading “Canvas pilot is underway”

Information Technology summer projects, Part 3: Qualtrics, Pulse events calendar, Canvas, and more

by Information Technology Services

The busiest summer on record for Information Technology Services continues to remain that way. Adding to our list are these projects (more details below).

  • Qualtrics online survey tool replacing Axio Survey
  • Pulse, a single university-wide events calendar being beta-released
  • Selective Scholarship updates
  • Canvas learning management system pre-pilot evaluation
  • Affirmative Action Appendix 22 Self-Identify updates

Continue reading “Information Technology summer projects, Part 3: Qualtrics, Pulse events calendar, Canvas, and more”

More ITS status updates on summer projects

by Information Technology Services

There’s only five weeks until the start of the fall semester, and Information Technology Services is busy completing many summer projects. Before you jump to the detailed list below, note these tech-classroom upgrades happening this week:

  • Bluemont 101 classroom upgrade — the epoxy floor is being poured.
  • All Faiths Chapel classroom is closed and being updated with a projector, new screen, and wireless.

Continue reading “More ITS status updates on summer projects”

Big summer projects in Information Technology Services

Summer months are when Information Technology Services (ITS) prepares for the next academic year. This summer may prove to be the busiest summer on record for ITS, and it got even busier with needed support for the NCAA regional tournament in June.

K-State hosted the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament June 2 at Tointon Stadium
NCAA Regional baseball tournament hosted at K-State

K-State recently hosted the NCAA Manhattan regionals (June 2), and ITS staff had a mile-long to-do list in support of the  tournament, including providing wired and wireless coverage for the press during this event. ITS ran ISDN and analog lines for ESPN to support Media Broadcasting from Tointon Stadium. In the Brandeberry Complex, staff installed wired and wireless Ethernet locations. In the merchandise tent, cabling was installed to provide connections for credit card transactions.  Continue reading “Big summer projects in Information Technology Services”