Year: 2013

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IT Services testing Office 365 email, calendaring in preparation for pilot

IT Services has received clearance to test Microsoft Office 365 internally, within their organization. Following this test, pilots with interested innovators will begin to evaluate Office 365 as an option for MSU departments and colleges to use for email, calendaring , and other services.

IT Services is building a team dedicated to the implementation of Office 365 and is now working directly with Microsoft consultants on the current CampusAD and authentication structure at Michigan State University in preparation of rolling Office 365 out to campus. Read Full Article →


D2L Conversion Update: What you need to know

In late 2012 we began a two and a half year conversion to D2L from ANGEL at Michigan State University.  A transition like this is never easy, so we wanted to offer faculty and staff a broad conversion window so you could plan migrations that fit within your program schedule.     With that we have also offered a free supplemental training course designed to help make the transition for ANGEL to D2L as easy as possible, and help you start feeling comfortable in the new system. Read Full Article →
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Old ANGEL courses and groups to be removed December 20

Starting on December 20, 2013, courses that are two years old, development courses that have been inactive for two years, and groups that have been inactive for six months in MSU’s ANGEL system will be deleted.

Associated content and records for these courses will also be deleted.

The process

The ANGEL User Support Team is sending specific messages out to affected course and group administrators listing the courses and groups scheduled for deletion. Read Full Article →

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MSU Seminars in Research and Instructional Technology to be held December 17-18

IT Services will offer two days of no-cost workshops on research and instructional technology on December 17 and 18. These seminars are also open to graduate assistants (teaching and research).

The workshops are designed to support faculty, academic staff, and graduate assistants in their teaching and research roles by providing seminars led by experts in online learning, and instruction in the use of a variety of software tools. Read Full Article →

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IT Services launches OAuth 2.0 authentication for campus use

IT Services launched the OAuth 2.0 protocol as another authentication option for MSU developers, units, departments, and colleges.

OAuth provides secure authorization to certain details or attributes of a user without the application needing to receive the user’s password.

Additionally, OAuth doesn’t require client software to be installed for an application to use it and is programming language agnostic. Read Full Article →


19th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning

19th Annual Online Sloan C

International Conference on Online Learning  

Hosted at Wills House MSU

November 20–22, 2013

Online Learning:  A Universe of Opportunities


MSU Learning Design and Technology would like to welcome you to participate in the 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning at Wills house. Read Full Article →

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IT Services releases Action Plan detailing strategic projects

IT Services created an Action Plan to inform the MSU community of the strategic direction IT Services is taking in the 2013-2014 academic year.

This plan was prompted by Michigan State University’s Bolder by Design strategic framework.

The Action Plan explains the specific actions and milestones IT Services is committed to achieving in order to make a difference to the MSU community over the next year. Read Full Article →


MSU Breakfast Series – Using Social Media to Increase Student Participation

MSU LEARNING DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (LearnDAT) invites you to attend the next session in our ongoing Breakfast Series: Conversations on Online Pedagogy and Best Practices.

DATE:         Wednesday, November 13, 2013

PLACE:       Main Library, North Conference Room, 4th Floor, West Wing

TIME:           8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (8:30 a.m. Read Full Article →

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IT Services warns about CryptoLocker malware, cybersecurity

IT Services is warning computer users about a particularly vicious kind of malware, called CryptoLocker.

How CryptoLocker works

CryptoLocker encrypts or freezes large parts of a Windows PC’s hard drive, then asks the user to pay to regain access.

Once CryptoLocker installs itself, it contacts a remotely operated server run by criminals, called a command-and-control server. Read Full Article →

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MSU launches D2L sandbox for instructors to try new version

IT Services launched a “sandbox” of the newest version of Desire2Learn (D2L) at for immediate play and experimentation before the full upgrade in December.

This sandbox is only for trying out and previewing, not for live teaching. All content remaining in the sandbox will be lost in the next upgrade. Read Full Article →