Author: Beth Bonsall

Beth's Bio
Beth Bonsall Beth Bonsall is an Editor and Content Strategist for MSU Information Technology. She is responsible for web content writing and editing, website audits, and information architecture, as well as supports user research, accessibility, and social media. You can find her at @BAD_BAB on Twitter.
Video camera photo to illustrate Kaltura MediaSpace adding new video editing tools

Kaltura MediaSpace added Video Editing Tools on January 14 that replace the previous Clipping, Trimming, and Quiz Creation functionalities in MSU MediaSpace.

The same basic functionality still exists within MediaSpace. However, the new tools provide an accessible, unified, and streamlined experience within your web browser when editing videos in MediaSpace. Read Full Article →

D2L Daylight Upgrade graphic

MSU IT will be upgrading D2L to a new user interface called Daylight on May 11, 2018.

The new interface will bring increased smartphone usability and a modern visual design to D2L.

D2L Daylight Differences

D2L will have a new look and feel that adapts to different screen sizes, providing an improved user experience on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Read Full Article →

Students check out MSU's latest classroom technology.

During 2017 a range of strategic learning space renovations and technology investments were completed on campus. MSU IT supported upgrades to 33 instructional spaces that help with student engagement and student success initiatives.

Upgrades are part of a multi-year planning process at MSU and also involve Teaching and Learning Environment (TLE) funding requests from MSU IT. Read Full Article →

Woman at a computer. Image promote the MSU AT&T Instructional Technology Awards. More details at

To enhance teaching and learning, MSU holds the AT&T Instructional Technology Awards program encouraging best practices in the use of instructional technology across campus.

MSU faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants should submit entry forms by Friday, February 2, 2018, before 5 p.m.

“The awards help spread effective practice and share the outstanding work of our colleagues,” says Brendan Guenther, Director for Academic Technology. Read Full Article →

Photo of students in class.

Michigan State University licensed and launched AcademicWorks as a complete scholarship and endowment management solution for the university.

This application, branded MSU Scholarships, will provide a secure, central location for all gift information, as well as other sources of student financial aid information for each unit.

Moving to an enterprise tool for all scholarships and endowments will help MSU keep up with growth, maintain data at a university level, and track analytics to aid in decision making. Read Full Article →

Application Monitoring Illustration

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 →

Computer Labs & Classroom upgrades

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 →

Two-Factor Authentication for D2L Faculty Graders & Users

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 →

MSU classroom image reminding that computer labs and classrooms will be upgraded to Windows 10 software.

MSU IT will be upgrading to Windows 10 in university computer labs and classroom tech carts during August 7-25 in preparation for the fall 2017 semester.

Summer technology upgrades

This upgrade will help leverage new technologies and security features in Windows 10.

In addition to the Windows 10 upgrade, MSU IT will also perform its normal summer software and application patching and maintenance in labs and classrooms. Read Full Article →

MSU D2L upgrade banner of a student on campus with a laptop

MSU IT will be migrating the MSU D2L system to a hosted environment May 11-13. D2L will be unavailable beginning at 6:00 p.m. on May 11, and will be available again after 7:00 a.m. on May 13.

Additionally, D2L course merge and unmerge requests will now be handled by the MSU IT Service Desk at (517) 432-6200 or Read Full Article →