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K-State plans for improved Information Technology Services

The consolidation of central information technology units at K-State in July 2009 under the leadership of a chief information officer, a new position, are just some of the ways K-State plans to build its information technology services to meet the university’s future needs, according to M. Duane Nellis, K-State provost and senior vice president.  For more details, see Media Relations’ Sept. 9 news release.

Updated web search went live Aug. 27

The updated K-State web search went live Wednesday, Aug. 27. K-State Search can be accessed by going directly to search.k-state.edu, using the search box at the top of the K-State homepage, or webpages that have the search box in the K-State brandbar.  New aspects include:

  • K-State students can now control and selectively omit some of their personal information displayed from People Directory search results.  Many students had asked for this ability, which is controlled through their eProfile.
  • Improvement of webpage search results has been achieved by moving to the Google Search Appliance.
  • The format uses standard K-State page format and tabs for viewing search results by category (web, people, directories).  See the Aug. 19 Spotlight article for more about the new search engine’s look and feel.

For more information see Media Relations’ news release today.

Zimbra to replace WebMail and central calendar systems

The university’s WebMail and calendar systems are scheduled to be replaced by the Zimbra collaboration suite starting in January 2009, with phased implementation over 18 months. According to Media Relations’ Aug. 21 news release, Zimbra provides integrated e-mail, calendar, and roaming file space.  See the www.zimbra.com site for details about the new system.

Lynn Carlin, interim vice provost for Information Technology Services, said expanded services will include:

  • larger (6GB) e-mail accounts
  • a single system for e-mail and calendaring
  • improved remote access to files
  • support of document sharing
  • more effective filtering of unsolicited (spam) e-mail
  • better synchronization with mobile devices

Tegrity lectures being converted to MP4 format

Tegrity lectures in K-State Online are currently being converted to an MP4 video format for delivery in the new Axio Flash player. The Flash player makes it easier for students to view video, including converted Tegrity videos, without having to download additional plug-ins. The decision was made to move away from Tegrity’s proprietary format to an open, popular format and as a result of the recent IT Needs Assessment survey.

Converting the thousands of videos online will not be completed until October. Some lectures will continue to play in Tegrity format while conversion is being completed. Tegrity lectures will continue to work, but will be accessed in an MP4 format. See this one-minute example of a video converted from Tegrity to Flash.

Faculty do not need to do anything for the conversion of their lectures. The Office of Mediated Education is handling the converting, uploading, and replacement of current Tegrity lectures in all K-State Online courses. Questions about the Tegrity conversion to MP4 can be sent to Bryan Vandiviere, bzv@k-state.edu.