Norm Koester retirement reception

Norm Koester has worked at Washburn University as an Electronics Technician for the past 25 years and will retire this month!  Norm’s last day at Washburn will be May 15th, 2013.  We will have a  retirement reception for Norm and hope that you will be able to stop by and wish him well as he transitions into retirement!

Norm Koester ITS Electronics Technician

Norm Koester ITS Electronics Technician

Norm Koester
Retirement Reception

Friday, May 10th


Kansas Room

(Refreshments will be served)

Norm began work at Washburn in the Media Center and continues to work in the Instructional Services area of Information Technology Services until his retirement.  He has performed repair and maintenance on many electronics from mediated classroom projectors to adding wiring for installation of new emergency security buttons for the business office and president’s office.  Norm has been a dedicated employee for Washburn University demonstrated through his quick response for classroom projection systems for instructor use to his broad knowledge of security cameras, cable television system, and audio and video equipment. Norm is also known in ITS for his cooking expertise, sharing everything from his famous chocolates at holiday time to his variety of breads and baked goods and vegetables from his garden.
We will miss Norm’s quick wit and wonderful humor, but wish him the best in his retirement!  Happy Retirement NORM!

ITS Top Hat

Many of you may think that technology support staff on our campus have limited creativity, but, in fact they are very clever and creative in their use of technology in many ways.  ITS staff contributed to the Top Hat decorating contest with the following submission and have displayed some of their very unique talents.  I’m very proud to have all the ITS staff supporting our campus in many ways-including the Top Hat contest for Homecoming 2012.

Hats are on display in the union main level Tuesday-Friday 10-1pm this week and at after hours Friday evening at 5pm.  Show your support of our campus-cast your vote and see the creativity of many people in the Washburn campus community!
(After the music-there are some very profound statements!)

New Online Education Support Specialist joins ITS

Online Education Support is happy to announce the addition of a new member to our team. Jacquline “Jacq” Kelley started work as a full-time support specialist on Monday of this week. Her 25 years of experience in technology will be of great value as she helps to provide training and technical support to faculty, students and staff in the growing area of online education. Jacq previously worked for the State of Kansas Revenue Department providing technical support and as a web and application developer. She has also taught computer classes and worked for two years as a substitute instructor for the Bridge Program at Washburn Tech. Please join us in welcoming Jacq to Washburn and feel free to stop by Henderson 3 to introduce yourself.

Streaming server presentations

Currently Washburn has a streaming server that has functioned well, but is aging and does not meet the growing needs of the campus in both its functionality and user interface for faculty, staff, and students.  This server currently stores and streams over 3,500 video/audio files and is growing in volume and use.  Funding was approved through Technology Requests for a streaming server replacement for the Fiscal Year 2012-13.  A survey of faculty and staff in fall 2011 provided some initial information on what they would like to see in a streaming server replacement at Washburn.  The Faculty IT Advisory group also gathered feedback from their departments in the spring semester 2012 on the required and desired criteria for the server. In July, an RFP went out to vendors and a selection committee gathered to discuss which vendors to bring to the campus for presentations on their streaming server solution.  Two vendors were selected from the proposals that will be presenting in the coming week to the campus:  Ensemble and Kaltura.  Ensemble will present this Thursday, Oct. 18th in the Shawnee room of the Memorial Union.  Kaltura will present on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd.  We invite you to participate in the presentations and give us your feedback on the systems.  Evaluation forms, proposals, and members of the evaluation group can be found at:   S:\public\Streaming Server Proposals

Ensemble Streaming Server Presentations

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 2012

Shawnee room – Memorial Union

 Open session 10:00-11:30 (Scott Nazdan)

 Open session 1:30-3:00 (Scott Nazdan)

Technical session 3:00-4:30 (Scott Nadzan & Andy Covell)

We look forward to your input and feedback on the selection of a streaming server for the campus. 



Washburn Sports Productions

Washburn University produces and streams live sporting events for home games in football, volleyball, & men’s and women’s basketball. Production crews are comprised of students hired as camera operator, audio engineer, graphics engineer and director.  Productions are led by Instructional Services staff who serve as the producer, mentor and trainer for the student crew members. All the crew members work hard to bring these “live” productions together for the Washburn community highlighting the talent of Washburn athletes.   Access to live streamed athletic events can be purchased through America One

Washburn sports production crew in pressbox at Lee Arena

Washburn Sports Production crew members in Lee Arena

Washburn student sports production crew member on sideline at football gameThe next home football game that will be produced is tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th at 6pm when the Ichabods take on the Riverhawks of Northeastern State University.

Learning Management System review and selection process update

The LMS review/selection committee has released an RFP for vendors to submit proposals for a new LMS to be implemented for Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology by Fall 2013.  Vendor proposal deadline is Aug. 31st, 2012.  Following proposal submissions by the vendors, the selection committee will review proposals and meet on Sept. 11th to make a final recommendation on what vendors to bring to the campus for presentations.  Vendor presentations will potentially be scheduled between Sept. 24th and Oct. 12th and give ample opportunity for faculty, students, and staff to attend, ask questions of the vendors, and provide feedback to the selection committee before a final decision is made in late Oct. For more detailed information on  the timeline, committee members, selection process, survey results, and more go to: . We encourage your participation and value your input into this very important selection and implementation for the Washburn community.

Webinar on choosing the right LMS and rich content

Please join us Wednesday, June 27, at 1:00 p.m. in the Technology Learning Center (Bennett 102) for “Choosing the Right Delivery Vehicle to Optimize Content Consolidation and Interoperability.” This webinar is sponsored by Campus Technology and McGraw-Hill. A group discussion will follow directly after this event.

As higher education continues to transform in the digital age, two issues continue to prevail as key challenges for higher education IT leaders: choosing a Learning Management System (LMS) that will optimize content consolidation and interoperability, and identifying and selecting a rich compilation of content that will also support their consolidation and compatibility efforts.


  • Scott Allen, Learning Systems Administrator, Utah Education Network
  • Neal Legler, LMS Administrator and Instructional Designer, Utah State University
  • Matt McGhie, Canvas Community Director, Instructure

Hope to see you there.

Learning Management System review and selection process at Washburn University

Currently we are in the process of reviewing and selecting a new Learning Management System (LMS) for Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology with a goal of Fall 2013 implementation.  A selection/review committee has been actively working through this process by gathering your input and suggestions and will be sending out a RFQ to potential vendors in July.  The RFQ will also require vendors to give presentations on their product for the campus community early in the fall semester to allow more opportunity for you to participate in the selection process.  Look for those dates and opportunities as they become available.  For more information on  the timeline, committee members, selection process, survey results, and more go to: . We encourage your participation and value your input into this very important selection and implementation for the Washburn community.


The Mobility Imperative: Improving Engagement for Today’s Student

Join us in the Technology Learning Center (TLC)-Bennett 102, Wed. May 30th from 1-2pm for the webinar The Mobile Imperative:  Improving Engagement for Today’s Student.  Listen to Melissa Mintz, Blackboard Student Engagement Specialist, as she shares examples of how institutions are attempting to tackle this problem today, and provides a prescriptive road-map for institutions to move forward, solving for the Mobility Imperative. Mobile technologies are helping forward-thinking schools engage their students with innovative strategies for:
- Mobile Learning
- Student Outreach
- Faculty/Student Communication
- On-Demand Campus Information
- Student Life-cycle Management

Discussion will follow webinar.  Hope you can join us!

What’s Next for Education: The New Course Ecosystem webinar in the Technology Learning Center

Please join us May 24th at 1:00 p.m. in the Technology Learning Center (Bennett 102) for “What’s Next for Education: The New Course Ecosystem.” This webinar is sponsored by Blackboard and hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. A group discussion will follow.

Who: Institutional leaders, faculty, course designers and IT leaders will get an insightful view into the evolution of digital technology in the higher education landscape.

About: A recent survey notes that students are purchasing tablets and mobile devices at a rate far faster than predicted. And, it’s no surprise that the greatest growth sector in education is expected to be in the adoption of digital textbooks, multimedia and tools, a sector that topped the $1 billion dollar mark in 2011.

Content is not the only area in higher education undergoing transition. The mission of the learning management system LMS seems to be changing also. All types of content will soon be accessible within a single course experience, uniquely delivered by the learning management system. With the LMS as a new channel for digital content, instructors and students both can expect manifold benefits from greater choice in teaching materials to more options for consuming instructional content.

During this event, you will hear an insightful view into the evolution of digital technology in the higher education landscape.