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Learn about the MSU Gartner Portal


MSU has a licensing agreement to provide current students, faculty, and staff access to in-depth research and analysis on information technology topics from Gartner Inc.

The MSU community can access this research by logging into the Gartner Portal using their MSU NetID and password.

What is Gartner?

Gartner Core Research provides in-depth, impartial research and opinions from top IT industry analysts regarding technology related market intelligence data, research, advancements, and products. Read Full Article →

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New MSU D2L features planned before spring 2016 semester

MSU IT is upgrading the D2L Learning Management System to version 10.5.2 before the spring 2016 semester.

Instructors who want to preview the new version before planning spring semester classes can visit the D2L Sandbox site.

New features

This upgrade will offer new features, some of which include:

  • Improved quiz statistics
  • A HTML 5 media player that makes it easier to insert and play back audio and video
  • More course group self enrollment options

Read “What’s New in D2L 10.5 for Instructors? Read Full Article →

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MSU IT Council hears from Provost Youatt, discusses projects and CAFEs

The MSU IT Council met on November 4. Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meeting.

Provost Youatt addresses the IT Council

Provost June Youatt talked about how MSU’s momentum is increasing and the university is becoming more competitive globally. As a result, MSU is asking more of its employees.  Read Full Article →

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MSU details its Bolder IT plan for technology

Joanna Young, MSU Vice President and CIO of Information Technology, kicked off the Bolder IT plan at an MSU Leadership and Administrators seminar on November 11, entitled “Information Technology Unplugged.” Young presented along with Vice President Vennie Gore, Associate Provost Jeff Grabill, Dean Leo Kempel, and Dean Elizabeth Simmons who represent some executives partnering on this plan. Read Full Article →

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MSU IT Council receives updates on network, email, student success projects

The MSU IT Council met on October 7.  Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meeting.

Data center and network planning projects

MSU IT Chief Technology Officer Nishanth Rodrigues updated the IT Council on projects to build a new data center and upgrade the campus network.

A new data center would strengthen MSU’s technology environment for academic, administrative, and high performance computing. Read Full Article →


MSU to migrate all undergrad students to Office 365 by end of November

MSU Information Technology started migrating new MSU undergraduate students in June to Office 365 email from MSU Legacy Email. Currently, more than 35,000 accounts have been migrated to Office 365.

Sophomores were migrated to Office 365 email in September, juniors were migrated in October, and seniors will be migrated by the end of November. Read Full Article →


Incident impacted and select other websites

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 7:20 a.m. an incident was detected that impacted access to the MSU home page and select other university websites.

D2L was restored at 8:15 a.m. The other affected sites were restored at 9:17 a.m.

Affected websites included:

If you have questions, please contact the MSU IT Service Desk at (517) 432-6200 or Read Full Article →

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Learn about MSU D2L Gradebook features

Whether you are new to MSU D2L or an experienced user, we hope you find D2L Gradebook Tips useful. These tips highlight the various features and tools to set up and manage the gradebook more efficiently.

If you previously used the ANGEL gradebook, you will find that D2L provides many similar features for both points-based and weighted (percentage-based) grades. Read Full Article →

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New features added to MSU MediaSpace, including captioning and lecture capture

MSU Information Technology added captioning, lecture, capture, and other new features to Kaltura MediaSpace video storage on October 19 for MSU students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, MSU expanded MediaSpace bandwidth and storage to support continued growth.


MediaSpace users can now order video captioning at no charge. This machine captioning service is 70-80% accurate, and there’s an editing tool for correcting any captions. Read Full Article →

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MSU celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber security continues to grow in importance, and we all play a role in today’s highly networked world of systems, information, and technology.

MSU Information Technology helps celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) by promoting safe computing tips and supporting the MSU Security Summit on October 15.

MSU SecureIT

SecureIT is the main safe computing initiative at MSU encouraging safe personal computing, as well as information security guidelines and best practices for dealing with institutional data. Read Full Article →