News and Projects

busy desk with laptops, coffee, and papers
Apr. 25, 2019
There are many different types of positions in a department like Systems Development and Innovation, and each day can look totally different for every member of a team. Here is what a day in the life is like for some of the people in just three of our positions!
Computer on a desk with coffee mug and notebooks
Feb. 20, 2019
As technology’s role in education becomes more significant – with most colleges and universities having an interactive website for their institution, many students opting to take online courses, and grades and assignments being shared, submitted, and viewed online – the need for...
The KSU Kickoff App enables incoming freshmen to become acquainted with their university
By Jordan King
Oct. 19, 2018
When I think back to my first weekend as a Kent State freshman, I cringe a little bit. Though it has been four years since I attended Kickoff (it was known as “Welcome Weekend” at the time), I can still remember how I felt walking around campus for the first time: attending convo...
The CAB app makes it easier to implement changes
By Jordan King
Aug. 01, 2018
Adaptation. It’s what allows organizations to thrive in an ever-changing world. Implemented effectively, it guarantees continued success. But inevitably, with change comes logistical troubleshooting. How can organizations ensure that adaptations can be made--and without disruptin...
Students walk along the university esplanade
By Jordan King
Aug. 01, 2018
At an institution as progressive as Kent State, where technology is fundamentally changing the way students learn and faculty teach, perhaps the only certainty is that...
Pioneer Desktop Screenshot
By Jordan King
Apr. 27, 2018
Since fall 2017, Information Services has been developing its new Pioneer Program, which will present an opportunity unlike any other before. IS has been testing its functionality internally to discover what works best about the program and what could be improved upon, and it wil...
Members of the CABlash team accept their award for first place
By Jordan King
Mar. 09, 2018
Information Services hosted its third, semi-annual Hackathon event earlier this month. The two-day event allows participating IS workers to break free from their normative 8-5 office hours--where the focus is often completing larger projects over time--and instead work intensivel...
Manage my program
By Jordan King
Dec. 15, 2017
It’s no secret that college is difficult. But changing your program of study to adapt to your developing interests shouldn’t be. Still, there are many different rules about what students can an...
Out with the Old
By Jordan King
Dec. 05, 2017
On any given day, Kent State University hosts a vast array of events, ranging from athletic competitions, to public speaking presentations, and even activity-based charity fundraisers, to name just a few. For students, these extracurricular opportunities provide the backbone of t...
KSU Mobile
By Jordan King
Dec. 01, 2017
By now it’s clear that Systems Development and Innovation is hard at work developing new products at what seems like a nearly impossible rate. With over 4,000 people using the KSUMobile app on the Apple iOS and Android platforms, in...