Author: Beth Bonsall

Beth Bonsall is an editor and content strategist for MSU Information Technology. She also is on the planning committee for the HighEdWeb Michigan regional conference for web professionals in higher education. You can find her at @BAB_BAB on Twitter.
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Beth Bonsall is an editor and content strategist for MSU Information Technology. She also is on the planning committee for the HighEdWeb Michigan regional conference for web professionals in higher education. You can find her at @BAB_BAB on Twitter.
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 →

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

MSU upgrading to Windows 10 in computer labs, classrooms

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 D2L upgrade planned May 11-13

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 →

Service Retirement: StoreMedia, May 14

MSU StoreMedia services to be retired May 14

MSU StoreMedia will be retired on May 14. This means media delivery and playback will be unavailable beginning on that date, and any links to published or shared media will no longer work.

On June 11, all remaining media on StoreMedia will be deleted.

These changes do NOT include Camtasia and Adobe Presenter packages. Read Full Article →

qualtrics survey tool

Qualtrics survey tool available to MSU faculty, researchers, students, staff

MSU offers the Qualtrics survey tool as part of an enterprise license available to faculty, researchers, students, and staff. MSU Qualtrics was recently integrated with MSU NetIDs and passwords as part of the enterprise license and single sign-on authentication.

Qualtrics can be used for surveys as well as research data collection. Read Full Article →

An MSU IT student employee with a video camera supporting the video production service

New video production service available to MSU faculty, staff

MSU IT has launched a new video production service to support and coordinate projects for courses, academic events, university meetings, and presentations. This service has multiple levels of support and differing cost models based on student or staff production time.

Consulting & Project Scoping

The initial consulting and project scoping with a media production specialist or instructional designer is at no cost to faculty, instructors, and administrative support staff. Read Full Article →

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MSU Zoom conferencing adds new features

MSU Zoom recently adding the new polling and simultaneous meeting features for the MSU community.

Zoom is a cloud-based platform for video and audio conferencing, mobile collaboration, and simple online meetings.

Pro account access (50 participants) is available at no charge for MSU faculty, staff, and students when you log into MSU Zoom using your NetID and password. Read Full Article →

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Learn about MSU technology resources available to students

The MSU Academic Orientation Program (AOP) starts on June 13 and runs through August helping new students and parents get acclimated to Michigan State University.

Follow TechAtMSU on Twitter for ongoing technology news, updates, and safe computing information. Follow the #MSUAOP hashtag for information during AOP.

Getting started

Technology plays a large role in students’ coursework and lives at MSU. Read Full Article →

MSU students at graduation in their robes.

MSU Student Success Dashboard will support students, advisors

The Student Success Transformation Initiative supports students in their time at Michigan State University and through graduation. At the same time, it fosters the creation of a campus and national model for student success by leveraging analytics with actionable data, investing in advisors, and contributing to the Neighborhoods and colleges to help MSU students holistically. Read Full Article →

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MSU Interactive Maps launches wayfinding, redesign

MSU Interactive Maps launched a new wayfinding feature, department search, and a redesign to the interface and toolbar.

Wayfinding is common on online maps and provides detailed information to guide people through a physical environment.

Use the MSU Wayfinding beta to find:

  • Walking directions on campus.
  • Time and distance estimates.
  • Routes around construction areas.
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