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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”

K-State Online grading workshops April 29-May 4

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K-State Online Grading Workshops will be on April 29, May 3, and May 4 to provide assistance for instructors preparing to deliver final course grades. Note: the original date of May 5 has been rescheduled to May 4. There will be no workshop on May 5. Continue reading “K-State Online grading workshops April 29-May 4”

Check out the new Waters 231 technology classroom renovation

A big project this summer was the complete renovation and remodeling of the Waters 231 technology classroom. With faculty and student input, the Division of Facilities and iTAC have planned and created an updated space for teaching and learning.

Completed renovation of Waters 231 technology classroom, with link to panorama view
Completed renovation of Waters 231 classroom. Panorama view: Click the image, then drag left-right.

Continue reading “Check out the new Waters 231 technology classroom renovation”

Zoom is now available in Connect personalized dashboards

by Information Technology Services

Using Zoom, K-State’s audio/video conferencing service, is now easier than ever before. Zoom is now available when you sign in to Connect, your personalized dashboard for K-State services. Continue reading “Zoom is now available in Connect personalized dashboards”

Spring training for using K-State’s technology classrooms

K-State faculty/staff who will be using the university technology classrooms for the first time this spring must attend a short training session before they can request keys for those classrooms.

Instructional technology staff will be available to provide training through the next few weeks and after the semester has begun. Fill out the Technology Classroom Training Request Form and someone will contact you to schedule a session. Continue reading “Spring training for using K-State’s technology classrooms”

Spring training for using K-State’s technology classrooms

K-State faculty/staff who will be using the university technology classrooms for the first time this spring must attend a short training session before they can request keys for those classrooms. Once training is completed, instructors can request keys through Facilities Key Control in Dykstra Hall. For more information, see the Technology Classrooms website.

These one-time training sessions include:

  • An overview of the different kinds of equipment and software available
  • How to turn on and shut off the systems
  • How to properly lock/unlock the classroom and podium
  • Policies and procedures

Continue reading “Spring training for using K-State’s technology classrooms”

Training for using K-State’s technology classrooms

K-State faculty/staff who will be using the university technology classrooms for the first time this summer must attend a short training session before they can request keys for those classrooms. Once training is completed, instructors can request keys through Facilities Key Control in Dykstra Hall. For more information, see the Technology Classrooms website.

These one-time training sessions include:

  • An overview of the different kinds of equipment and software available
  • How to turn on and shut off the systems
  • How to properly lock/unlock the classroom and podium
  • Policies and procedures

Instructional technology staff will be available to provide training through the next few weeks and after intersession has begun. Fill out the Technology Classroom Training Request Form and someone will contact you to schedule a session. Continue reading “Training for using K-State’s technology classrooms”

Winter-break projects in university computing labs, InfoCommons, tech classrooms

The Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC) will be working over the winter break refreshing technology in K-State’s technology classrooms, and updating software and computers in the university computing labs and K-State InfoCommons. Here’s a list of some ugrades and projects that will be undertaken over the break:

  • Install 22 iMacs in the InfoCommons and university computing labs
  • Upgrade 11 projectors in technology classrooms
  • Install a new course-capturing system in Justin 109
  • Upgrade media link technology in 15 technology classrooms, bringing mobile media player compatibility to these rooms
  • Install a new software image on all computers in the university computing labs and InfoCommons
  • Install technology in the Quantitative Center (Q Center) studio classroom in Cardwell Hall (estimated completion is early February 2009)
  • Install new computers in several locations:
    • the Cardwell Physics Studios
    • both of the Union computing labs
    • the Math/Physics and Architecture libraries

Summer changes: Tech classrooms, dual-boot iMacs, group study carts

Over the summer Information Technology Services staff was busy creating tech classrooms, renovating rooms, and deploying new technology around campus. A new technology classroom is almost complete in Gym 10 and features 10 workstations as well as an instructor podium with common core technology and a ceiling-mounted camera. Leasure 1 was upgraded to a technology classroom. Kedzie 106 had a facelift including new floor, seats, ceiling, and a fresh coat of paint. Kedzie 106 and Union Little Theatre got a major technology upgrade.

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Kedzie 106

Several technology classrooms now have connections for portable media devices (MP4 players, flash drives) on the instructor podium.

A joint project between Apple, the Union Computer Store, and iTAC brought two dual-boot iMacs to the Caribou Coffee area in the K-State Student Union. These iMacs allow K-Staters to use either Windows XP or Mac OS X on the same computer.

Group study carts that allow users to connect a laptop to a 37″ LCD screen for easier collaboration on projects are now available on the second floor of Hale Library.

The upgrades address the expectations of K-Staters identified in the IT Needs Assessment.