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New technology knowledge base system launched for the MSU community

MSU IT launched a new technology knowledge system providing MSU students, faculty, and staff access to help and support information. This new system may be accessed one of two ways:

Articles of particular importance to individuals without an MSU NetID (e.g., visitors looking to access the MSU network) are available on the technology help and support page. Read Full Article →

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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 →

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MSU IT Council discusses security, Spartan 365, Gartner, 2017 updates

The MSU IT Council met on February 1st. Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meetings.

Risk management & security briefing

Seth Edgar, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, and Rob McCurdy, Interim CIO, presented on the current state of IT risk management at MSU. They also discussed recent changes in security policy to support better risk management across the university. Read Full Article →

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Give Some Love – Get Some Love at the MSU Computer Store

The MSU Computer Store is partnering with the MSU Student Food Bank for the second Give Some Love – Get Some Love February food drive campaign.

During the month of February, the MSU Computer Store will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the MSU Student Food Bank. When you make a donation to the MSU Student Food Bank at the MSU Computer Store, you can register for a chance to win prizes, including an iTunes gift cards, gaming controllers, headphones, or an Apple TV.*

The MSU Student Food Bank is a student run organization that provides supplemental food and other necessities to MSU students and their families facing food insecurity. Read Full Article →

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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 D2L integrates Awards tool for issuing badges in courses

MSU IT integrated the Awards tool into MSU D2L enabling instructors to issue badges and certificates recognizing student achievements and encouraging engagement.

Badges and certificates can be issued manually or based on release conditions to reward students and introduce an element of gamification to courses (e.g., obtaining a high score, submitting a discussion post, helping classmates). Read Full Article →

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MSU IT Council discusses network project, Messaging and Collaboration Team, web committee

The MSU IT Council met on October 5 and November 2. Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meetings.

DNS, DHCP, and IP Management Project

MSU IT will replace aging open source systems and developed scripts related to the Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and system for Internet Protocol (IP) address requests. 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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Find out what’s new in D2L version 10.6 for instructors

MSU recently upgraded D2L to version 10.6.3 with some exciting new features.

Top 10 New D2L Features

Below are the top 10 new or improved items and tips for instructors to check out. See the resource links at the bottom for more documentation, videos, and release notes.

1. Awards tool

The Awards tool enables instructors to issue badges and certificates which can also be based on release conditions. Read Full Article →


MSU partners with Top Hat on new student response system software

MSU now supports Top Hat student response system software that can be used by instructors and students at MSU. Top Hat can also be synchronized with MSU D2L grades and rosters.

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The Top Hat platform can help instructors engage students inside and outside the classroom. Students can use their own mobile devices or laptops to answer questions, view annotated slides, join in discussions, and enter attendance codes. Read Full Article →