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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.

Cora Cooper to talk music and technology at Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase

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.

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Cora Cooper, professor in the Department of Music, will be one of the main speakers at the technology showcase March 13.  She will present at 11:30 a.m.

What is the “Women in Music” course that you created for fully online delivery?

The course is a look at music, from medieval times to today, from the viewpoint of women’s contributions. In a traditional survey of western art music you’d get in an “Intro to Music” class, the composers would all be “DWEM’s”– dead white European males. In Women in Music, we focus on the women composers and performers of those periods, and then go on to look at women in world music, jazz, blues, country, rock and roll and popular music today.

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Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase mini-presentations

K-State faculty will share their teaching experiences at the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the K-State Student Union Ballroom.

Registration is required for planning purposes. Watch the following video for a glimpse of what will be presented at the showcase.

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Spotlight: ECAR student study on technology use

The 2010 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology in its seventh iteration shares the responses on existing and emerging technologies of 36,950 students from 127 doctoral (56.3%), master’s (22.3%), baccalaureate (8%), associate’s (11.5%), and other institutions. Some of the questions posed assessed skill level with various technologies, ownership of Internet-capable handheld devices, preference on how the students liked to learn, reasons for use of social networking sites, collaboration using web-based tools, and more.

  • Eighty-nine percent of the students reported owning a laptop or netbook, with 99 percent reporting owning a computer. The latter is up from 93 percent in 2004.
  • About 63 percent of the students reported owning a handheld device, and more than 11 percent intend to purchase one within the year.
  • Students reported spending an average of 21.2  hours per week in online activities that are school- and nonschool-related.

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New Epson PowerLite projector demo Nov. 9

Epson will demonstrate their new PowerLite G5650W model projector at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Room 401 of Hale Library. The specifications of this projector include:

  • 3LCD display technology
  • 4500 ANSI lumens
  • 1280 x 800 native resolution
  • 16:10 native aspect ratio
  • 2000:1 contrast ratio
  • HDMI ready

Epson will provide additional details on the expansion of their high-end products. This presentation is open to all faculty/staff.

Spotlight: Re-Presence exhibit with discarded technology


Airplane Tears (2005) by Nari Ward
Airplane Tears (2005) by Nari Ward

Before you purchase that TV, monitor, or other hardware, check out Nari Ward’s Airplane Tears (2005) currently on exhibit at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College.

This signature wall art is constructed with found TV backs and handkerchiefs. It is 39 feet wide, 16 feet high, and 2 feet deep.

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Reminder: CHECK registration deadline Wednesday, May 12

Wednesday, May 12, is the early registration deadline for the Kansas CHECK conference (www.check.gen.ks.us) for IT professionals and academic staff in higher education. The conference is scheduled Wednesday-Thursday, May 26-27, at Fort Hays State University, and the registration fee is $35. For details, see the www.check.gen.ks.us website and the April 20 article in InfoTech Tuesday.

CHECK conference early-registration deadline May 12

The Kansas CHECK conference (www.check.gen.ks.us) for IT professionals and academic staff in higher education is scheduled Wednesday-Thursday, May 26-27, at Fort Hays State University. The deadline for early registration is Wednesday, May 12. A $35 registration fee includes Wednesday evening dinner, Thursday continental breakfast, and Thursday lunch.

Participants can choose from three concurrent sessions at any time, with a total of 18 sessions available over the 1.5-day period. Session tracks are

  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Process Development
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • Technical Views
  • Security Issues

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IT Orientation session Jan. 19: Technology Resources

Whether new or not so new to K-State, join us Jan. 19 for the first of eight weekly, one-hour IT Orientation sessions being presented this spring. Learn more about the many technology resources available at K-State. The session will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in 401B Hale Library and is open to all K-State faculty, staff, and students but requires pre-registration.

Other upcoming IT Orientation sessions include:

Technology Service Center moves to Hale

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, the iTAC Technology Service Center (TSC) closes at the East Stadium location and moves to 214 Hale Library. TSC will join with Client Services and reopen in the new location by Jan. 14, 2010. Phone numbers will remain the same.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, the types of payment for personal computer repair will be credit cards, debit cards, and CatCash. Payment types for departmental repairs will not change.