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Featured Tool: Notability


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About Notability

Notability was developed for the iPad by Ginger Labs. Notability powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF documents, typing, recording, and organizing of notes. It allows you to freely share through the integration of many other tools such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Email, Twitter, printing and so much more. You can use this app to capture notes on PDF documents during class, workshops and other get togethers.

Many students here at Winona State will begin using their iPads for taking notes during class. Notability is the perfect app for that. You will find Notability to be easy for its functionality, note organization system, and ability to detect a stylus.

  1. Explore your ideas with words, photographs & sketches
  2. Iterate easily with your team
  3. Create insightful content to express your vision
  4. Learn something new by listening, reading and writing
  5. Synchronize notes with recordings
  6. Travel light and take your projects anywhere
  7. Organize information in a way that suits you

Geek Speak 101: VPN

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VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Cisco AnyConnect can be used to connect to the WSU network when you are off-campus. This software is available to both Students and Employees.

Cisco AnyConnect VPN client

Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software, you can connect a WSU laptop to the WSU network from off-campus. This connection enables the same network access you have while on-campus. The data is encrypted to preserve security. This includes:

  • Network storage drives (e.g., personal, class, departmental storage) Note: See instructions below to connect to these types of storage via the 'Map Network Drives' shortcut.

Accessing the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Software

NOTE: You may see this error a couple times while trying to connect. Click on "Connect anyway".

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Windows 10

  • Open the start menu and type Cisco
  • Select 'Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client' when it appears
  • If it does not appear, open your internet browser and go to
  • You will be prompted to Connect and login to WSU with your StarID and password.

Windows 8.1

  • From the Windows Start Screen
  • Search "Cisco"
  • Select "Cisco VPN Client"

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  • Choose Connect in the menu below:


  • Use your StarID and password to login


  • Click on Spotlight in the upper right corner
  • Type in "Cisco"
  • Select "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client"

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  • Connect to

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  • Use your StarID and password when prompted to login
Fig 1. In the start menu, click this icon to go to your Network Drives.

Map Network Drives

Mapping network storage for Employees

Windows 10

You will need to manually map your Personal Network Storage also referred to as R: drive.

  • Open File Explorer from the Taskbar
  • Use the drop down arrow in the top menu for 'Map network drive' and select Map network drive
  • Type the following in Folder: \\store\users\(your StarID)
  • Select 'Reconnect at sign-in'
  • Finish


  • Use the Finder
  • Go
  • Connect to Server
  • Server address for Employees to get to personal storage: smb://
  • Server address for Employees to get to department drive: smb://

Map Network Drives (Continued)

If you want to connect to Personal Network or Department Network drives from off-campus, you will need to connect to VPN before you can use the network drives.

Windows 10

  • Open the Start Menu then select the Map Network Drives shortcut.
  • A black window will appear and map your drives. Do not close this window.
  • Double-click 'This PC' on your desktop to access your network drives (See Fig 1.)
  • Do not disconnect VPN or WiFi during use. Network access is required to maintain the VPN connection.
Fig 2. Typical list of network connections on a MacBook


  • In Finder, hold down <CommandKey> then hit the <K> key to bring up "Connect to Server"
  • Mac users connect to one of the network locations listed in Fig 2.

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Knowledge Base News

  • 12/11/13 - This year we have added many new articles and have received very positive feedback from the WSU community regarding our new and improved Technology Knowledge Base. Thank you everyone for your comments and contributions. Please continue to email any comments or suggestions that you have to us. We appreciate your feedback.
  • 4/12/12 - Welcome to the new and improved Technology Knowledge Base at! After a year of pilot testing the MediaWiki tool, we established a production version of the knowledge base over the semester break and just finished moving all of our content from the testing site to this new, permanent site. We are still cleaning up a few things, but the new knowledge base is now open for business. Please email to let us know what you think.