- Reminder — K-State Online Classic was retired Jan. 1, 2017. Instructors no longer have the ability to access K-State Online Classic after Jan. 1, 2017. Instructors who need access to their old content in Classic will be required to submit a request form.
- Increase Gradebook Note Character limit is a new feature being voted on now in the Canvas Community. This feature would allow instructors to leave a larger amount of notes in the Gradebook.
- Allow students to view "What-if" scores that include muted assignments is a new feature being voted on now in the Canvas Community. This feature would allow students to calculate the "what-if" score for muted assignments.
- Allow creating multiple private conversations is a new feature being voted on now in the Canvas Community. Currently you can create a new conversation with one or more recipients. If there is already an existing private conversation with the given recipients, it will be reused. But what if you want to force the creation of a new conversation with a different subject? There appears to be no way to do this. This feature would allow you to create multiple private conversations.
Video to enhance face-to-face and/or online instruction, presence, and interaction
Do you want to learn how to use video in different ways to improve instruction, presence, and interaction in both face-to-face and online instruction? Brent Anders, senior electronic media coordinator, recorded a presentation on how video can be created and used to help with instruction of the course content as well as to help establish and increase instructor presence.
K-State Online Updates
Updates to Canvas were released on Jan. 7. Canvas operates on a monthly release cycle through which features are added or updated on the third weekend of the month. To see all the new features and fixed bugs, view the complete January Release Notes. In addition to the Canvas release, Information Technology Services releases updates to services and integrations with K-State Online through the month as necessary.
- Course Home Page Announcements Display — If a course has a content page set as the course home page, instructors can display a certain number of recent announcements at the top of the page. This change allows instructors to show announcements as part of the course home page when users view Canvas in a web browser.
- Disable Announcement Comments By Default — Canvas now allows admins to turn off Comments on Announcements in all new courses by default. The K-State Online admin staff will do this after Jan. 7, 2017.
- Course List Enrollments Default — For users who have never customized their courses list, Canvas has increased the number of courses automatically displayed in the Dashboard and Global Navigation Courses menu from 12 to 20. If the Courses menu includes more than 12 courses, the Courses menu includes a scrollbar. Note: Once users customize their courses list, the Dashboard and Global Navigation Courses menu only display courses that have been set as a favorite.
- Sidebar Update — The Rich Content Editor sidebar has been updated with backend improvements, resulting in small interface changes. The sidebar includes a visual style update, and each content section supports pagination. Currently, the Rich Content Editor sidebar update only affects Pages and the Syllabus. Additional feature area updates will be available in a future release.
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K-State Online Canvas is the online learning environment for Kansas State University. K-State Online provides integration with KSIS for course and final grade management, a variety of tools and services to connect student and instructors with the variety of options on the web, mobile apps and mobile browser support, as well as the tools and communication options that instructors, staff and students need.