May 29-30, 2013 • Location on Campus - Russ Hall • Pittsburg State University • Pittsburg, KS 66762

Conference on Higher Education Computing in Kansas


Wednesday, May 29

Marketing your Campus to the New Generation - Implementing a Digital Sign Solution

Joshua Gibson Micro Computer Support Technician, Information Technology Asst Ctr, Kansas State University
Eric Dover Information Technology Manager, Information Technology Asst Ctr, Kansas State University

Kansas State University now provides a central digital sign system and has successfully deployed 32 Digital Signs across campus and still growing. The Digital Sign system notifies students, faculty, staff and visitors of upcoming events, top news stories, weather, pictures, videos and on campus emergencies. Presenters will give a brief overview of K-State's Digital Signage implementation, how it was set up, how to utilize and maintain the signs as well as lessons learned through the project.

Migrating Single Sign On to CAS and Shibboleth

George Hosler Director, Information Technology, University of Kansas

KU's original Single Sign On system was a home-grown application integrating with a Shibboleth Identity provider. That system had become outdated, and was difficult to maintain. The university attempted to replace this system, but the replacement system also proved to be problematic, and was never completely rolled out. This presentation will focus on how KU investigated a new architecture, rolled out the new service, and migrated applications to this solution.

21st Century Learning - It's not all About the Tech

Klista Rader Technology Integration Coordinator, Joplin Schools
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It's easy to get caught up in the glamour and lights with technology. We can do things faster, with more proficiency, connecting more people, than ever before. But just because something is flashy or hip doesn't mean it's best practice. This session will highlight some of the latest and greatest tech tools and how they will enhance the four C's of 21st Century Learning: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity.

Business Intelligence Initiative at K-State

Loren Wilson Director, Information Systems, Kansas State University
Miriam Clark Systems Analyst, Information Systems, Kansas State University

BI is something everyone is talking about. Many places are spending large sums of money on BI and many vendors are pushing products (again large sums of money). K-State doesn’t have the luxury of a large budget or large numbers of people resources to commit to BI. This session will outline the process K-State is using to build a BI framework on a budget.

Managed Print Services in Higher Education

Easan Selvan Associate Director of Support Services, KU Information Technology, University of Kansas
Jake Coffman Manager/Administrator, Information Technology, University of Kansas

In an era of 'doing more with less,' it is critical as IT professionals to capture savings any place we can. Guided by ecologically sound methodologies and cutting edge technologies, the University of Kansas has implemented a Managed Print Services system which lowers cost, increases security, and allows flexible reporting and accounting. Learn from our successes (and mistakes) in this lecture-style session.

Field of (Baja) Dreams...Build it and They Will Come

Tim Pearson Assistant Director, Information Services, Pittsburg State University
Jeff Burns Assistant Director of Development and Implementation, Information Services, Pittsburg State University
Eric Springer Network Engineer, Information Services, Pittsburg State University
Nathaniel Shaw Information Specialist, Information Services, Pittsburg State University

Learn how Pittsburg State worked collaboratively across campus divisions to host the International Mini-Baja Competition on our campus for the first time in a venue that was previously a farm field void of any technology, including electricity. PSU used the opportunity to set a new bar by creating an online scoring card for the world to view while watching live play-by-play streaming of the competition. We will look at lessons learned and plans that we have for hosting the event again in 2014.

Anycast DNS

Gregory Harris Manager, IT Systems Development, University of Kansas
John Lawrence Network Architect, University of Kansas

Domain Name Service (DNS) is a critical component of any educational network. Some systems and applications properly failover to secondary DNS servers in the event of a primary DNS server outage. However, an increasing number of systems and applications do not properly failover to secondary DNS servers when the primary DNS server is down, rendering some services unavailable. Utilizing Anycast networking, the University of Kansas has implemented a new DNS architecture that provides highly available DNS service for both the primary and secondary DNS server IP addresses in order to address this problem.

PSU School of Construction Embracing Emerging Construction-based Computer Technology – “We Can’t Teach Construction History to Prepare our Students for the Future of Construction"

William Strenth Assistant Professor, School of Construction, Pittsburg State University
James Otter Professor/Chair, School of Construction, Pittsburg State University

The Pittsburg State University School of Construction (SOC) has made a significant investment in emerging technology in order to better prepare construction professionals for the future. Over the last 2 years, the SOC has added simulators, robotics, scanning technology, 3D modeling and printing, digital document management and IPad applications into a four year construction curriculum. This presentation will demonstrate emerging technologies that can have a positive impact on programs, like construction, to better prepare graduates for the digital world.

Disaster Response: Practice Helps Your Response

Cheryl O'Dell Director of Information Security and Compliance, Emporia State University
Shawn Shoemaker Network Security Analyst, Emporia State University

Responding to a disaster which has affected information technology services can be chaotic. Institutions should have documentation and procedures at the ready to use for a disaster, but if the documentation and procedures are not practiced, the response can be even more chaotic. At this session, participants will learn the format of a table top exercise used by Emporia State University to prepare the IT staff for an IT emergency. This session will heavily engage the audience through a sample exercise. Participants will leave the session with ideas on how to do a disaster response table top exercise.

Thursday, May 30

DCIM on a Dime - Using Open Source Software to Manage your Data Center Inventory

Cheryl Alvarado Interim Director, Voice & Data Solutions, Emporia State University

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is a growing challenge for data center managers, and a hot market for software vendors. But what if you’re operating with a limited budget? The openDCIM project offers an open source alternative for higher education institutions seeking to improve their asset tracking and capacity planning. This presentation provides an introduction to the openDCIM software as well as how Emporia State University is using openDCIM to manage its data center infrastructure.

Collaboration between IT Departments and Student Leadership – A Case Study of Mobile Charging Kiosks at the University of Kansas

Chuck LaPointe IT Client Consultant, Information Technology, University of Kansas
Anne Madden Johnson Information Resource Manager, Information Technology, University of Kansas

How do you keep your IT initiatives in line with student expectations and needs? This presentation will outline the initial inquiry by the student senate, IT’s response and how both groups collaborated to eventually choose and implement a mobile charging kiosk solution.

IT Strategic Planning…it’s a “we” thing, not a “me” thing. A look at how Pittsburg State University engaged their campus to create a new IT Strategic Plan.

Angela Neria Chief Information Officer, Pittsburg State University

Take your technology strategic planning efforts from “me” to “we”, by engaging campus stakeholders in the process. Create a highly collaborative technology plan through self-reflection, crucial conversations, and input from across your campus. The presenter will share the steps used at Pitt State, which resulted in an effective and actionable plan.

An Admin's Perspective of Canvas

Dr. Brenda Frieden Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Pittsburg State University
Susan Dellasega Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg State University fully implemented Canvas as their learning management system in the summer of 2012. Canvas has many features that set it apart from other LMS solutions, and this presentation will highlight those features from an admin’s perspective. A brief overview of the LMS selection and implementation process will be covered, followed by a discussion of some of the unique tools available in Canvas such as the sub-account structure, basic LTI integration, web service registration, admin and course roles, e-portfolio, outcomes, rubrics, and analytics.

Extending Services with Federated Identity Management

Wes Hubert Information Security Analyst, University of Kansas

This session describes how the University of Kansas uses federated identity management to leverage campus authentication resources for accessing services at other institutions and for making KU services available to users from other institutions based on authentication through their home campus. The presentation includes both specific examples using the eduroam and InCommon federations and an introduction to underlying terms, concepts, and processes.

"There's an App for that...."

Larry Hayes Director, Administrative Solutions, Emporia State University
Don Morfitt Applications Developer, Emporia State University
Melanie Willingham Help Desk Manager, Emporia State University

Recognizing the growing demand of on-the-go mobile computing, with instant access to vital information, IT at ESU has developed a university-centered mobile application to provide ESU information to students on mobile platforms. Our goal was to integrate with the campus ERP (Banner) to provide on-demand information to students, including ESU news, course offerings per semester, the student's class schedule and class information, the student's grades, the student's account balance information, the ESU faculty and staff directory and links to ESU's social media outlets. We developed a mobile app for both Apple and Android platforms. Currently, (February 2013), we are in the final stages of multi-phased testing and expect to roll-out the final app in March 2013. Our presentation will discuss the development process, the steps taken to publish the app, security implications, adoption of the app, and lessons learned.

Maltego Radium: Mapping Network Ties and Identities across the Internet

Shalin Hai-Jew Instructional Designer, Information Technlogy Asst Ctr, Kansas State University

Maltego Radium (v. 3.3.3) is a penetration testing tool that collects data about organizations, websites, and identities, for awareness of social and technological presence across the Internet. The tool’s interface is highly usable and interactive. The tool enables a deep dive analysis into the interrelationships online, and it extends the “knowability” of electronic identities. This tool enables explorations of emails, telephone numbers, websites, and organizations by offering access to information that would often be “invisible” otherwise. The visual outputs are interactive and include half-a-dozen visualizations in a social network (node-link) format. The presentation will show how to conduct "machines" and “transforms” of a target, how to map the data, and how to analyze it.

UInnovate: A Campus-Wide Faculty Development Initiative at ESU

Robert Gibson Director, Learning Technologies, Emporia State University
Sandy Valenti Instructional Designer, Information Technology, Emporia State University

UInnovate is a unique campus-wide faculty development program launched at ESU in the Fall of 2012. The program is based on thematic tracks (structured around the Quality Matters rubric criteria) that includes multiple learning opportunities for faculty related to those tracks. Faculty have the option of engaging in one or more of these tracks, but are encouraged to complete several required learning opportunities that cut across multiple tracks in order to qualify for stipends.

Exploring Learning Information Services Version 2.0 and How It Can Be Used To Exchange Course and Enrollment Data Between Enterprise Systems

Bruce Phillips Java Architect, University of Kansas

Learning Information Services (LIS) version 2.0 is the latest open standard that details how to format data in order to exchange that data between Enterprise Systems such as a Student Information System and an online learning platform. LIS 2.0 is quickly being supported by many schools and vendors of education software. This presentation will describe the various parts of the standard and how the standard can be used to exchange courses and enrollments between a Student Information System and an online learning platform.