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EDUCAUSE webinar noon Nov. 12 on undergraduate use of technology

The “Annual ECAR Student and IT Study” is a free EDUCAUSE webinar scheduled noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in 301 Hale Library. The webinar covers the results of the 2013 study done on undergraduate use of technology in higher education. K-Staters are welcome to join the group viewing sponsored by Information Technology Services, or register for free through the event page to view the webinar from their office or home.
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Increased campus demand prompts more Qualtrics training

by Swasati Mukherjee

Campus demand for Qualtrics survey training has greatly exceeded expectations.  To date, more than 80 people have attended sessions on how to use this campus-licensed tool to create surveys, design questions using more than 100 question types, distribute surveys, view reports, and more.  Continue reading “Increased campus demand prompts more Qualtrics training”

Qualtrics survey tool now available for faculty and staff

Faculty and staff have a new survey tool at their disposal available through Information Technology Services.  Qualtrics is a comprehensive survey tool with more than 90 question types, simplified reporting tools, online training modules, a library of surveys to peruse and so much more.

Faculty and staff can begin using Qualtrics immediately by visiting survey.ksu.edu.  Graduate students will need to ask their major professor or supervisor to request access by completing the service request form online.  Continue reading “Qualtrics survey tool now available for faculty and staff”

Annual IT Satisfaction Survey being emailed to K-State subset

Over the next two weeks, Information Technology Services (ITS) will be conducting its annual satisfaction survey. A random sample of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff will receive an online survey on topics ranging from services and applications, to help desk, telecommunications, networking, email, security, data storage and more.

K-Staters who receive the survey via email are asked to provide their assessment of IT to help us improve our services and support. Those who complete the survey will have their names entered into a drawing, and four individuals will be randomly selected to receive $50 iTunes gift cards.

Project plan under way to sunset Axio Survey

By Rebecca Gould

Information technology services is in the process of developing a project plan to sunset Axio Survey, a survey tool developed by information technology services more than 10 years ago. Updates have been made to the tool since its release in 2001; however, few upgrades and investments have been made in this application over the last five years while information technology services’ programmers work on other enterprise projects. Also since its release, more comprehensive survey tools are available that allow for collaboration across the world and are available in the cloud.  Continue reading “Project plan under way to sunset Axio Survey”

Email upgrade committee analyzing survey results and finalizing report

By Melissa Morris

The email upgrade committee is finalizing its report. The committee has received positive and negative feedback about the survey of email options sent to all Kansas State University faculty, staff and students. One of the purposes of the survey was to educate the campus about the available options. While the timing for the survey was not ideal, the committee’s report is due on Dec. 20. The committee members wanted feedback to be as inclusive as possible of the K-State community.   Continue reading “Email upgrade committee analyzing survey results and finalizing report”

Sampling of K-Staters to receive ITS Satisfaction Survey

Over the next three weeks, Information Technology Services (ITS) will be conducting its annual satisfaction survey. A random sample of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff will receive an online survey on topics ranging from services and applications, to help desk, telecommunications, networking, email, security, data storage and more.

K-Staters who receive the survey via email are asked to provide their assessment of IT to help us improve our services and support. Names will be randomly entered into a drawing, and four individuals will be selected to receive $50 iTunes gift cards.

Faculty feedback needed on Cardwell 101, Bluemont 101 planned renovations

iTAC and the Division of Facilities are currently in the planning stage for room renovations and technology upgrades in the Bluemont 101 and Cardwell 101 lecture halls. These changes are scheduled (contingent upon funding) for summer 2012. We would like to take this opportunity to hear from faculty who are using or have used these rooms, and get input and feedback on what changes or improvements they would like to see.

We have put together an online survey for each room. These surveys are accessible from Thursday, Feb. 9, through Friday,  Feb. 17. Continue reading “Faculty feedback needed on Cardwell 101, Bluemont 101 planned renovations”

Axio Survey upgrades scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 26

Axio Survey (surveys.k-state.edu) will be unavailable 7:30-8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, during a planned upgrade to version 3.1. Service will be restored as soon as possible. Axio Survey is the free, web-based survey and reporting tool for academic research; university and college business; and feedback collection. It is available to faculty, staff, and students.

This upgrade includes new features including:

Second Life videos, interest survey for K-State teachers

Virtual-world environments such as Second Life, There, Whyville, etc. provide opportunities to learn in virtual communities where students meet online for class activities, including lectures, discussions, case studies, projects, papers, exams, labs, and more. Classes can be synchronous, asynchronous, or both. A virtual-world experience is an immersive environment in a three-dimensional (3D) graphical setting, with the use of avatars to represent the class participants, and the sense of presence that puts the learner within the scene.

Second Life is one of the many virtual-world environments available via the Internet and commonly used in higher education. At K-State, faculty have used Second Life to teach courses in geology and hospitality management and dietetics. K-State Research and Extension has a presence in Second Life.

To learn more about Second Life, visit one or more of these YouTube videos: Continue reading “Second Life videos, interest survey for K-State teachers”