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  • Updates have been made to the K-State Online Photo Roster—Instructors will now see course Observers and Designers in their Photo Roster.  Also when printing the Grid View, there will be 3 tiles per row instead of 2 tiles. This change will reduce the number of pages needed to print the Photo Roster.

  • 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 formOn Dec 15, 2017, all information residing in K-State Online Classic will be archived and reside permanently offline. At that time, if instructors need access to the old data, a request form will need to be submitted and it may take several weeks to retrieve the information.

  • 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.

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K-State Online Updates

Updates to Canvas were released on Feb. 18. Canvas operates on a monthly release cycle, with features added or updated every three weeks. To see all the new features and fixed bugs, view the complete February 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.

  • Student Context Card — Instructors can now view more standardized interaction with student data in a course. Currently, when an instructor clicks the name of a student in a course, the link displays the student’s user details page. With the Student Context Card feature, instructors can click a student’s name in a course and view a sidebar-type overlay that shows quick insights and context about the student. Context cards are meant to be a simplified overview of a student’s progress. Students cannot view context cards in a course.

  • Deleted-Reply Management — When instructors allow students to delete discussion replies, or when an instructor deletes a discussion reply for any user, the reply was previously shown to all users as being deleted. If there were multiple deleted replies in a discussion thread, the discussion could become difficult to navigate among the deleted replies. In discussions, deleted replies no longer display as part of the discussion thread for all users. However, if instructors need to view notices of deleted individual replies, they can view them using the Show icon located in the discussion bar.

  • Add-Users Process — When adding a user to a course, instructors benefit from an improved workflow process. This change clarifies how to manually enroll a user in a course and avoid unintentional enrollments. Only users with appropriate permissions can manually add users to a course. The enhanced workflow asks instructors to specifically select how they are adding a user and provides examples relevant to each addition type.

  • Canvas Icon Updates — Several Canvas areas have been updated for icon consistency or simplicity and do not affect Canvas functionality:

    • Assignments: Student assignment submission sidebar and submission detail page
    • Outcomes: Aligned Items & Outcome Artifacts (accessed by viewing an outcome in a course)
    • Rubrics: Aligned outcome icon (displayed when an outcome is aligned within a rubric)
    • People: User Details sidebar and User Access Report

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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.


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