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Check out the MSU Tech Break podcast on accessibility as a culture

Check out the first episode of the student-led MSU Tech Break podcast called “Developing Your Accessibility Culture.”

In our first episode we discuss accessibility, why accessibility is important and some technologies that can help make your courses more accessible. The podcast is hosted by Shillo Wright and she interviews Phil Deaton and Brooke Knapp. Read Full Article →

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Check out trends in active learning that can benefit MSU

It seems that every year those who work in education whip out their magic crystal balls and attempt to predict what trends will have the greatest impact in the classroom. All of us want to create meaningful experiences for the students and often that means trying to anticipate what their classroom expectations will be. Read Full Article →

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Tech resources to start your semester off right

We know getting back to your studies and work can be tough, especially after a long holiday break. We also understand that it can be overwhelming to decide which tools make the most sense for your needs.

Check out these top seven tech tech resources to help your semester go smoothly. Read Full Article →


MSU IT Introduces Self Service Portal

MSU IT rolled out a Unified Self Service feature (, part of their existing service desk system, on August 15, 2016. It provides online access to students, faculty, and staff with an MSU NetID for checking the status of open requests, requesting services and searching a library of knowledge articles for help with technologies they support. Read Full Article →

Scam Alert

Tuition discount scam targeting students

Be aware that scammers are targeting college students by claiming that students who pay their tuition to them in full will receive a tuition discount. This is a scam.

Who is being targeted?

Currently the scammers are targeting international students, however, all students need to remain vigilant as they could be contacted too. Read Full Article →

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Check out tips on D2L course cleanup and finding missing files

New features in MSU D2L version 10.5 allow for easy cleanup of courses that are carrying extra baggage from previous course conversions or years of accumulating unused files.

The process listed below copies all associated files from content and activities, such as quizzes, leaving behind any lingering files not actually used in the course. Read Full Article →

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Students using Spartan Mail, learn how to use the Clutter feature

What is Clutter? Clutter is a tool in your Microsoft Office 365 Spartan Mail ( that moves your low priority messages out of your Inbox so you can easily scan for important messages.

How does it work? Clutter analyzes your email habits, and based on your past behavior, it determines the messages that you’re most likely to ignore. Read Full Article →
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D2L self-directed training updated for instructors and students

The D2L Brightspace online training courses have recently been updated. All training videos and links to documentation now reflect D2L Version 10.5 materials. (Learn more about What’s New in D2L 10.5).

These self-directed training courses are a great resource for learning how to use MSU’s supported D2L course management system. Read Full Article →


Learn ways faculty, students can use the D2L mobile app in courses

In December, MSU upgraded to D2L 10.5, which offers expanded functionality and user experience upgrades.

One of the new features available is Brightspace Pulse, a mobile app that can help students see what is coming up in their courses and manage their time and efforts accordingly. The Pulse app is supported on Android and iOS. Read Full Article →

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MSU FileDepot, FileDepot Internal make sharing digital files easy

MSU FileDepot and FileDepot Internal are services for temporarily transferring digital files (up to 2GB) that are too large to be attached in email messages. These files are available to recipients within or outside of the university for up to 14 days.

MSU has two systems, FileDepot for transferring files to recipients outside the MSU community and FileDepot Internal for individuals with an MSU NetID. Read Full Article →