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K-State Online: Updates from the summer

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Several updates have been made to K-State Online during the summer months. To catch up on all the K‑State Online updates, see below. To see all the new features and fixed bugs in Canvas, view the Canvas Release Notes.

The following updates have been made in K-State Online:

  • Inbox change — The Send an individual message to each recipient checkbox will now be checked by default, so emails will be sent to each individual.
  • K-State Attendance app — For fall 2017, the K-State Attendance app will be automatically enabled and the only way to take attendance in K-State Online. A new Assignment feature has been added to the app. Now instructors can convert attendance reporting to an assignment in Gradebook.
  • DocViewer — DocViewer automatically converts common office documents into web-viewable and interactive learning experiences. All Canvas accounts have been migrated to DocViewer automatically. This includes your course history with previous documents and annotations.
  • Update Mediasite links — The domain used to access Mediasite video presentations changed from kansasstate.mediasite.com to mediasite.k-state.edu. 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.
  • UDOIT — Pronounced “You Do It”, this tool allows faculty to identify accessibility issues in K-State Online courses. UDOIT will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues.
  • Course Home Page default — The Course Home Page 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.
  • 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. To learn more, view the article How do I use the Canvas course setup tutorial as an instructor.
  • Canvas Teacher app — The Canvas Teacher app replaces the existing Android and iOS SpeedGrader apps. The Canvas Teacher app is available for iOS and Android devices.
  • K-State Online Classic — Instructors no longer have the ability to access K-State Online Classic, which was moved offline after Jan. 1, 2017. Instructors who need access to their old content in Classic must submit a request formOn Dec. 15, 2017, all information residing in K-State Online Classic will be archived and reside permanently offline.

To keep up-to-date on the latest news, view the K-State Online webpage.