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#TeamMSUIT Protecting Spartan Data

MSU IT: Protecting Spartan Data

In practice, data is more than the information that we put into our systems. Data hold people’s identities, the keys to unlocking research quagmires, and the ability to change the way we interact with the observable world. That is why we take data security seriously at MSU IT. 

We understand deeply that the data we have must be protected from individuals with less altruistic incentives than those of the faculty, researchers, and students at MSU. Read Full Article →

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Learn about MSU IT’s Application Performance Monitoring service

MSU IT recently launched an Application Performance Monitoring service to MSU IT staff and departments.

Application management & monitoring

Application Performance Management (APM) is a suite of software tools that can help staff view and diagnose the performance and availability of web-based applications. APM monitors end-to-end user actions, providing visibility into applications and supporting infrastructure. Read Full Article →

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Hands on computer. Octber is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber Security: Every Spartan’s Responsibility

Cyber security is every Spartan’s responsibility. That is why MSU IT participates in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) throughout the month of October to help keep the MSU community informed about simple ways everyone can stay safe online.

Over the course of the month, we will be sharing cyber security best practices and tips through MSU IT’s blog and Twitter account. Read Full Article →

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MSU D2L Media Updates graphic

Insights Portal now available for MSU D2L course analytics

MSU course admins and editors now have access to the Insights Portal for more advanced analytics reporting on courses in MSU D2L (Brightspace).

The Insights Portal now enables educators to use MSU D2L course statistics and visualizations to track, measure, and monitor student progress and help improve learner engagement aiding in student success. Read Full Article →

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MSU Faculty Technology Use Survey

Find out the top technology tools MSU faculty use in teaching

The “Faculty Technology Use in Teaching Survey” was conducted by MSU IT during spring 2017. The results help MSU IT and campus stakeholders learn more about how faculty use instructional technology both inside and outside of the classroom.

It was emailed to approximately 3,100 faculty, and there were 373 respondents.

The top 5 MSU colleges to respond included:

  1. Social Science
  2. Agriculture & Natural Science
  3. Arts & Letters
  4. Natural Science
  5. Human Medicine

NOTE: Percentages were rounded down to full numbers in the following metrics. Read Full Article →

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Learn more about feedback loops in the MSU Tech Break podcast

Listen to episode 4 of the student-led MSU Tech Break podcast, “Feedback Loops.

In the fourth episode of MSU’s student-led Tech Break podcast, education student Meghan Hurley discusses the topic of feedback loops with Phil Deaton, who is an employee, instructor, and graduate student at MSU. Hurley and Deaton dialogue about their own personal experiences with feedback and cover its importance. Read Full Article →

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Computer Labs & Classroom upgrades

Find out about the latest MSU tech upgrades in computer labs, classrooms

While many students and faculty were off for the summer, MSU IT was busy making technology upgrades to labs and classroom spaces.

Windows 10 upgrade

MSU IT upgraded to Windows 10 in university computer labs and classroom technology carts during August 7-25 in preparation for the fall 2017 semester. This upgrade will help leverage new technologies and security features in Windows 10. Read Full Article →

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Student at Computer

New semester, new start: 7 ways to get ready for classes

We want you to start your fall semester at Michigan State University out right! Know the MSU technology resources available by following these seven tips.

1. Secure your digital devices

Taking time to secure your digital devices (yes, even your smartwatch) is critical to ensuring your online safety.

The easiest step you can take is to password protect all of your devices and never leave your things unattended (including in the library). Read Full Article →

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Photo illustration of a meeting. Close up hands around the table.

Check out new MSU tech tools to improve your work

MSU IT is committed to providing the best and most secure technology we can to the MSU community.

We are currently making changes as we seek to improve the technology, specifically the collaborative tools, available to MSU. We have launched new tools we’d like to share with you.

Spartan 365

MSU IT is now offering Spartan 365 tools to MSU faculty and staff. Read Full Article →

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Two-Factor Authentication for D2L Faculty Graders & Users

Two-factor authentication to be added to MSU D2L for faculty

MSU is expanding the applications and systems that use two-factor authentication to further safeguard personal and institutional data.

Starting on August 14, faculty will need to use two-factor authentication when logging into the MSU D2L course management system. Two-factor authentication will expand to other D2L roles with grading privileges soon. Read Full Article →