Information Technology Services staff have many talents — musicians, artists, quilters, docents, gamers, volunteers, great cooks and more. But only one has had the title of “king”.
Royce Gilbert, systems/business analyst in the Office of Mediated Education, was crowned King of the Paxico Meatloaf Festival in June 2012. This year, he also served as Grand Marshal of the Meatloaf Festival on June 22 and led the parade before passing the “Meatloaf King” title to the new winner. Continue reading “ITS staffer was king of the Meatloaf Festival”→
More than 400 people attended the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference March 4-5 at K-State. A video of the March 5 keynote by well-known author David Pogue is now online via the conference website at theitl.org (click “Watch David Pogue’s keynote!” at top right).
With the popularization of online social networks (OSNs), various software tools have been created to extract social data for research. One open-source freeware tool is NodeXL, which is a plug-in to more recent versions of Microsoft Excel (Office 2008 and 2010 on PCs, and Office 2011 on Macs).
Beloit College’s Mindset List, published annually since 1998, aims to “identify the worldview” of 18-year-olds arriving at colleges across the country. The list is an eclectic (and faintly nostalgic) mix of cultural contexts for most new college students born in 1994.
“This year’s entering college class of 2016 was born into cyberspace and they have therefore measured their output in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds,” says the Aug. 21 news release from Beloit College’s (Wis.) Mindset List for the Class of 2016. “They have come to political consciousness during a time of increasing doubts about America’s future, and are entering college bombarded by questions about jobs and the value of a college degree.” Continue reading “2012 Beloit College Mindset List identifies worldview of college freshmen”→
A Google team is on the Manhattan campus this week to capture Kansas State University for the interactive Internet experience Google Maps with Street View. The feature lets users explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery.
“Re-imagining Education: Tools and Challenges” is the theme for this year’s annual SIDLIT conference on the latest technologies, strategies, and forward-thinking for higher education professionals. The free event is Thursday-Friday, Aug. 2-3, at Johnson County Community College, and registration is required. (Create a free account before registering. If you already have one, sign in and the registration form will appear.) Early registration is recommended as registration fills up fast.
This year’s schedule of presentations has 37 topics on Day 1, and 26 topics on Day 2. Attendees may find it difficult to choose between the variety of sessions, as up to 10 run concurrently during session timeslots. A sample of topics to pique your interest:
The Ethiopian government has banned the use of Voice over IP (VoIP) services like Skype, Google Talk, and others. This ban comes with severe penalties — up to 15 years in prison — for those who use these services while in Ethiopia, including visitors.
Ethiopian authorities say they are imposing these bans because of “national security concerns” and to protect the state-opened Ethio Telecom, which is also the only Internet service provider in the country.
The 2012 Conference on Higher Education Computing in Kansas (CHECK) is scheduled Wednesday-Thursday, May 23-24, at the K-State Student Union on Kansas State University’s Manhattan campus. Registration officially opened March 28. K-State President Kirk Schulz is slated to give the keynote address on “IT and Higher Education”.
K-State’s free Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase is 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. All faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend. Pre-register at ksushowcase.wordpress.com/registration.
This is a Q&A with Debra Sellers, associate professor and extension specialist, School of Family Studies and Human Services.
What is “traumatic brain injury”?
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) defines TBI as “an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force.” A way to think about this is in terms of something away from the body or not part of the body that hurts the brain. There are two key types: one is a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, and the second type is a penetrating injury.
How did you get involved in your work with TBI survivors? How did this project get its start at Kansas State University?