About K-State Online
K-State Online is a collaborative team effort across Kansas State University and is made up of a dedicated professional staff who are knowledgeable experts in the development of eLearning.
K-State Online, an Internet based learning management system, transforms the everyday classroom into interactive web sessions for K-State's on-campus and distance education communities. It extends and enhances K-State course instruction, enabling students with time and geographic restrictions to take advantage of the flexibility of learning over the Internet.
Develop & innovate Customization / Course Content /
Questions / Assignments / Organizer / Gating / Quick Links Transform
& engage Attendance / Calendar / Announcements / Dropbox / Gradebook /
Grading Rules / Grading Scale / Private Memo / Course Statistics / Axio Survey Interact, connect & collaborate Profiles / Message Board / Email
Instructor / Student Groups / Wimba / Chat / Audio & Video / Flash video conversion
/ Technical & community support /
Technical details Benefits of a hosted solution
Develop & innovate
K-State Online can help you develop and innovate by allowing you to specifically customize your course for your needs.
You can customize your course look with K-State Online's design themes and choose which K-State Online components to install in each of your courses, such as Message Board, Calendar and Gradebook.
Course Content holds all of the content for your course, which can include images, documents, links, videos, audio and more. Here, you can upload files and organize them by creating folders. You can also RSS enable your course content, create and receive content from your File Dropboxes, review archived material, and access and manage links to online assignments. Helpful toolbars make course content easily-navigated and drag and drop reordering helps organize content easily.
Also, all item properties can be viewed and edited in a single dialogue in real-time, and instructors have control over each item's availability with publish statuses.
The Question Bank is where all questions for all your courses you create are stored, even after an assignment is deleted. Existing questions in the question bank can be inserted into new assignments and can also be shared with others.
Using the Assignments tool is a great way to take the hassle out of the disbursement, collection and grading of paper assignments. The tool allows instructors to create, edit, manage, group and offer several different assignment types (manual, online, timed, fileshare, group, extra credit, practice, gated).
Online assignments can contain a variety of question types, including multiple choice, essay, true/false, short answer and matching. Online and timed assignments can be automatically graded, but you can also enter manual assignments. Instructors have full control over all assignments, including the available and expiration dates, grade posted date and key posted date.
My Organizer is your secure and personal information center. It lists all of your courses and also allows for easy viewing and quick navigation to activity within a course using Recent Activity. A menu with links such as Create New Course, My Account, My Calendar and My Profile is available. Customizable widgets such as the Notepad and Bookmarks make the Organizer more personal. The notepad will automatically save anything your type into it for future visits to your Organizer. Bookmarks allow you to keep a list of favorite links in a handy location.
Gating allows instructors to require students to access or complete specified course work before they are permitted to move on to other course work. Instructors can gate files, folders and assignments. Gating can also be set up to require a specified percentage on a particular assignment to progress.
Quick Links makes navigation in Axio a convenient experience. Creating a bookmark of frequently-used pages within Axio allows you to jump straight to those pages with a single click from anywhere in the course.
Transform & engage
K-State Online can help you engage your students and transform your course by bringing classic course elements like calendars and grade books online.
Attendance is a tool that tracks studentsí attendance at pre-defined events. For each event, you can mark students as Present, Tardy, Absent (Excused) or Absent (Unexcused). Events can be created arbitrarily, and donít necessarily have to match the pattern of in-class meeting times. For example, instructors can create weekly or monthly attendance events. Attendance marks can be sent to the Gradebook as frequently (or infrequently) as the instructor desires to be counted toward the final grade and for students to see in their Gradebook.
The Calendar allows instructors to post course events such as assignment due dates, exam and quiz dates, office hours and class events. You also have a personal, online Calendar on which you can post reminders and appointments that are course-specific or personal.
Announcements are important messages that you want to broadcast to your students. In addition to text announcements, you can also record an audio announcement or post a video announcement.
When a student uploads a file, the instructor receives it in their Course Content. The files are labeled with the student name and organized by uploaded date. The instructor sets the size and file types allowed for upload, and can choose to publish uploaded files for peer viewing.
Instead of using email to receive files from students, which is unsecure and can easily become cluttered, students can use the File Dropbox to upload files to instructors.
The Gradebook is the most-used tool by both students and instructors. Grades can be easily entered, edited, imported and exported and adjusted. Online assignment grades and manual assignment grades can be entered into the Gradebook.
Grading rules can be set up at the course level or for each assignment category or individual assignment to apply grade curves, weight grades, and drop lowest scores.
Using the Grading Scale feature, instructors can specify how letter grades are calculated.
A Private Memo is a one-way posted message from an instructor to a student using K-State Online. This may help expedite important messages that you need to get to individuals or groups of students. A memo cannot be replied to or deleted by a student. Instructors can edit, delete, unpublish or publish sent memos at any time. Private memos are an excellent way to track and keep a concise history of messages sent to students.
Course Statistics allows instructors to view statistics on the number of visits to their course, accesses for each file within a course, most frequently used tools and individual student usage activity by hours and days of the week. Course statistics are displayed in raw numbers and percentages, and in graphical format when possible, to help track trends in course usage.
Axio Survey is an easy-to-use, flexible web-based survey creation tool, which is designed to poll, assess, report and analyze participantís thoughts, feelings and opinions. With Axio Survey, you can import and survey your K-State Online course roster, use many questions types, distribute surveys by email or website address, collect anonymous responses and receive comprehensive and exportable reports.
Interact, connect & collaborate
K-State Online can help you and your students interact, connect and collaborate by offering many different communication options and tools.
You can customize your personal profile with a photo and some fast facts. Profiles can also be published on a course-by-course basis to share with classmates. You can even customize your profile with a color scheme that matches your mood or personality.
The Message Board is an online, asynchronous forum where students and/ or instructors can discuss class material and related topics that acts like a bulletin board where instructors and students can post, view and reply to messages at their leisure. Instructors can create multiple message boards where they can post messages, allow for file attachments, make threads sticky, and view detailed statistical Message Board usage data. The Message Board is nested, and each post is collapsible for easy reading.
The Email Instructor tool provides direct communication between the student and instructors of a course. Benefits include the elimination for the need to leave the course to e-mail, ability to send yourself a carbon copy and the ability to e-mail multiple course instructors.
The Student Groups feature enables instructors to manually or automatically arrange students into groups for participation in course discussions and collaborative assignments, projects and tests. It enables students to interact and collaborate with classmates and to submit group assignments to instructors. Each group can have its own custom name, color and icon and is assigned its own private Calendar, File Dropbox, Message Board, and Chat Room/Whiteboard.
Wimba is a real-time collaboration tool that allows groups to meet online for lectures, virtual office hours, review sessions, meetings, interviews, and more. All students and instructors need are speakers, a microphone and a solid Internet connection to communicate as if they were face to face. The audio is nearly instantaneous, regardless of location.
The Chat Room is an online, synchronous live forum where students and/or instructors can discuss class material and related topics. The Chat Room is also where the Whiteboard and Chat History are accessed. As an instructor, you are able to participate in chats, view chat history, archive chat history and make the archive available to students.
Audio & video
From Course Content, you can record up to 20 minutes of sound, and then publish the recorded file to your students similar to a podcast. Voice recordings and videos can be linked to any place there's a text editor available. This includes your course's welcome message, announcements, questions, message board, and questions.
Flash video conversion
You can convert certain video formats for your course into Streaming Flash Video using Axio's Flash Video Conversion tool. Streaming Flash Video is a video format that is available for immediate playback in an Internet browser. Flash video playback is the most common format on the Web and will allows for easier viewing. Streaming Flash Videos can be played directly in your course with Axio's flash player, and you can add Streaming Flash videos to your Welcome Message, Announcements, or an assignment question.
Technical & community support
K-State Online provides many resources to help its community members every step of the way, including online help and Get Started guides, as well as friendly and helpful technical support.
The Axio Learning Management System is a hosted solution based on J2EE technology and makes use of an Oracle DBMS and the Jboss application server. Portlets that are provided are all JSR 168 compatible. HTTPS is used in all instances.