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K-State Online July updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on July 15. 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 July 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. Continue reading “K-State Online July updates”

KSIS-upgrade migration downtime July 21-23

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The KSIS upgrade project began last fall, and the target date to complete the KSIS upgrade is Monday, July 24. KSIS will be unavailable during the upgrade window from 5 p.m. Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23.

To prepare for the upgrade, KSIS users can do the following:

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After the upgrade, KSIS will have a new graphical, responsive web design and mobile-friendly features for iOS and Android devices. The upgrade represents K-State’s ongoing investment to provide the K-State community with the most complete, flexible, and innovative student information system available.

If you have questions, contact Diana Blake, associate director of the Information Systems Office, at dkblake@ksu.edu or 785-532-7843.

Two new features coming to K-State Online July 15

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Instructors will see two new features in K-State Online on Saturday, July 15.

The first new feature is the Course Home Page default, which previously went to the Recent Activity Stream. Now, it will default to the Modules page that has two links to help new instructors either Create a new Module or Add existing content through a course import. Instructors can still choose any home page for their course, but the default will be the Modules layout.

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If Modules is set to be the home page but no modules content exists, Canvas will prompt the instructor to either publish a module or choose a different home page layout.

To learn how to change a course home page, view the article How do I change the Course Home Page.

The second new feature is the Course Setup Tutorial. When viewing Canvas course home pages, instructors can view a course setup tutorial, which shows the purpose of the page and what to do next. This course setup tutorial replaces the existing Course Setup Checklist.

The course setup tutorial is shown to new Canvas instructors in new courses. New instructors are defined as users with instructor roles created in an account after the new tutorial feature has been enabled. The course setup tutorial can be collapsed from view and is persistent across Canvas pages, so if the tutorial is collapsed in one page, it will stay collapsed until expanded again.

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Instructors can end the tutorial series in any page using the End Tutorial button. However, ending the tutorial in one course applies to all other courses. Instructors can view the tutorial in new courses again at any time by accessing their User Settings page and enabling the Course Setup Tutorial user feature option. To learn more, view the article How do I use the Canvas course setup tutorial as an instructor.

DocViewer now available in K-State Online

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DocViewer is now available for use in K-State Online. DocViewer automatically converts common office documents into web-viewable and interactive learning experiences. DocViewer will be available anywhere Canvas currently uses Box for content previews and Crocodoc for annotations.

Crocodoc has been a great product in K-State Online, but will no longer be supported by Box (the parent company) at the end of the year. As a result of this change, Canvas will no longer use Crocodoc. All Canvas accounts have been migrated to DocViewer automatically. This includes your course history with previous documents and annotations.

DocViewer contains all the same document types and all the same annotation types as Crocodoc, with extra benefits including:

  • Modern interface
  • Improved performance (including mobile)
  • Fewer clicks
  • Color options (coming soon)
  • Persistent tool colors within an annotation session (coming soon)

DocViewer also provides a stronger technical foundation to improve existing features, such as contribute to the next version of SpeedGrader. Implementing DocViewer functionality brings numerous future benefits to Canvas including:

  • Improve reliability of document rendering
  • Develop new features and product enhancements
  • Better address hosting needs for international regions
  • Enhance support for assistive technology users

All Canvas accounts will be migrated to DocViewer automatically. This includes your course history with previous documents and annotations.

For step-by-step instructions on how to use DocViewer, view the How do I use DocViewer in Canvas assignments article.

K-State Online June updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on June 24. 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 June 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. Continue reading “K-State Online June updates”

Time to update old Mediasite links

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As a result of the Mediasite service migration last summer, the domain used to access Mediasite video presentations changed from kansasstate.mediasite.com to mediasite.k-state.edu. For the past year, viewers who used the old domain name were automatically redirected to the new one. After June 14, viewers who attempt to view Mediasite presentations using the old domain will no longer be redirected and will instead receive an error.

If your website contains old links or embeds to Mediasite video presentations, be sure to update your links and embed codes to reflect the current domain.

Update on WannaCry ransomware

On Monday, May 15, Information Technology Services (ITS) scanned the K-State network for the Microsoft patch for the MS17-010 SMB vulnerability dated March 14, 2017. More than 560 Windows systems did not have the patch, which made them vulnerable to the WannaCry Ransomware. This malware, and its variants, infect systems, encrypt all files, and then require a ransom to “unlock” the files.WannaCry Ransomware update

ITS and campus system administrators immediately began applying the patch. Within a week, the number of vulnerable systems was reduced to about 80, which were blocked from the K-State network until the patch was applied.

The focus now is on reducing/eliminating unpatched University-owned systems and unpatched systems using the VPN to tunnel into campus. This will minimize the negative impact if a system is brought onto campus, becomes infected, and spreads the malware. ITS will continue to scan the network and block machines.

If you need assistance contact your technical support staff or the IT Help Desk 785-532-7722.

Protect yourself online: Follow these 6 National Cyber Security Alliance recommendations

Follow these six National Cyber Security Alliance recommendations to better protect yourself online and make the Internet more secure for everyone:

  • Tips for staying safe onlineStrengthen each online account or device. Enable the strongest authentication tools available. A strong password is the first step to protecting yourself. Other strategies might include biometrics, security keys, or unique one-time codes sent to your mobile device.
  • Keep a clean machine. Make sure all software on Internet-connected devices — including PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets — are updated regularly to reduce the risk of malware infection.
  • Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it. Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value — just like money. Be thoughtful about who receives that information and how it’s collected by apps or websites.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Cybercriminals often use links to try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.
  • Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it, and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
  • Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s okay to limit how and with whom you share information.

Source: Educause Campus Security Awareness Campaign

If you have any questions about your online safety, contact the IT Help Desk, helpdesk@k-state.edu, 532-7722.

K-State Online June updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on June 3. 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 June 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. Continue reading “K-State Online June updates”

KSIS upgrade progress report

by Information Technology Services

The KSIS upgrade project team is currently working with various focus groups to conduct pre-release testing and prepare for the go-live date Monday, July 24.

KSIS will be unavailable during the upgrade window from Friday evening, July 21, through Sunday, July 23.

Once the upgrade is complete, KSIS will have a new mobile-friendly navigation. The new NavBar navigation will allow you to access: Recent Places, My Favorites, Navigator (all your folders), and Classic Home. Users will be able to add both Fluid (new) and Classic (old) pages to My Favorites in the NavBar.

KSIS users are encouraged to prepare for the upgrade by doing these:

Additional online help pages will be available soon, and walk-up help sessions are planned for August.

For more information about the KSIS upgrade, see the KSIS Upgrade Project website. If you have specific questions, contact Diana Blake, associate director, Information Systems Office, dkblake@k-state.edu, 785-532-7843.