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5 free IT resources to start your semester

by Information Technology Services

Welcome, new and returning K-Staters!  Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a variety of resources and services for free. Use these first five to kick-start your semester:Free IT resources

  1. Get a free copy of Microsoft Office for personal use on up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 phones.  See the installation instructions for Mac, for Windows, and for mobile devices.
  2. Connect your mobile devices to K-State’s wireless network.
  3. Install free Trend Micro Antivirus software (required for all computers connecting to K-State’s network).
  4. Subscribe to the K-State IT News blog to get the latest IT happenings.  Use “Subscribe by Email” in the right sidebar.
  5. Connect with the IT Help Desk on Twitter and Facebook.

More IT resources for K-Staters are on the Welcome to IT at K-State website. Send questions to the IT Help Desk, helpdesk@k-state.edu, 785-532-7722. You can also search the IT Knowledge Base.

Resources for submitting grades in iSIS

‘Tis the season for instructors to give the gift of grades to students for the Fall 2012 semester. Fortunately, iSIS makes the process relatively simple and painless for all involved.

If you were unable to attend the Grading in iSIS training sessions the past two weeks, below are links to the deadlines and processes to use for submitting grades. Keep in mind that two new processes were put in place for Spring 2012 and carry over to the current and future semesters: Entering Participation Validation, and Requesting Grade Changes in iSIS.  Continue reading “Resources for submitting grades in iSIS”

Faculty Day at K-State Libraries Nov. 7

By Donna Ekart

K-State Libraries will host Faculty Library Day from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. All K-State faculty are invited to attend. Concurrent sessions are offered over the course of the afternoon, structured like a conference and led by library and research experts.

All sessions focus on faculty research and technology needs as well as highlight multidisciplinary resources. Participants are welcome to come for just one session, attend several or stay all afternoon. Registration is not required. A schedule including room locations and full session descriptions is available online.  Continue reading “Faculty Day at K-State Libraries Nov. 7”

Q/A: How do I learn to use a Mac?

I’d like to learn more about using Mac computers. What training and resources are available at K-State and elsewhere?

This is a common question nowadays, given the continuing user trend toward Macs in the U.S. (netmarketshare.com reports Mac operating system market share is 11.46 percent this month).

Mac resources at K-State

IT by the numbers: Printing, iSIS sign-ins, K-State Online

Here’s a snapshot of IT usage at the beginning of the fall semester:

  • 160,692 pages printed in the university computing labs and InfoCommons by 6,393 users (Aug. 15-Sept. 4)
  • 39,080 sign-ins were noted in iSIS, the student information system, on Aug. 24 (the first day of fall semester classes)
  • 22,264 students are listed on rosters in K-State Online for the fall semester
  • 1,108 instructors signed into K-State Online in the last 24 hours
  • 4.9 courses per student are provided in K-State Online

No IT newsletter during spring break; useful alternatives abound

The InfoTech Tuesday newsletter will not be published next week during spring break. Publication resumes Tuesday, March 24. If you have time during spring break, check out IT resources featured in previous issues (see below) and/or take time to learn that new software program or computer tool.

IT tools and resources in recent issues

Continue reading “No IT newsletter during spring break; useful alternatives abound”