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Reminder: Sign out of KSIS by 5 p.m. today

by Information Technology Services

K-State’s Student Information System (KSIS) will be unavailable 5 p.m. Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23,  while Information Technology Services upgrades the system to a new release. KSIS will resume full operations on Monday, July 24.

Users should complete transactions and sign out of KSIS by 5 p.m. Friday, July 21. If you do not sign out by 5 p.m., you will be automatically signed out and any unsaved data will be lost.

After the upgrade, KSIS will have new navigation and mobile-friendly features for iOS and Android devices. Users are encouraged to visit the new KSIS 9.2 Resources web page for an overview of new features, FAQs, and trouble-shooting tips.

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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.

K-State Online July updates

by Information Technology ServicesK-State Online Info graphic

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

by Information Technology Services

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

by Information Technology ServicesK-State Online Info graphic

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

by Information Technology ServicesK-State Online Info graphic

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

by Information Technology Services

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.

K-State Online June updates

by Information Technology ServicesK-State Online Info graphic

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.

Update on K-State response to WannaCry ransomware

On May 15, initial scanning of the K-State network for the WannaCry Ransomware threat identified over 560 vulnerable Windows systems. In collaboration with system administrators from across campus, there are now fewer than 100 vulnerable systems.

However, K-State continues to be at risk for infection due to vulnerable Windows systems. As of 5:00 p.m. May 25, vulnerable Windows systems were blocked from the K-State network as per University policy.

Faculty, staff, and students who use those systems will NOT be able to access the network (wireless, email, Library databases, HRIS, shared drives, etc.) until their systems are patched and complete a security scan. Guests coming to campus also need to have their computers updated and patched.

Information Technology Services thanks system administrators for their quick response and assistance to protect against this vulnerability. For questions about the vulnerability, contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722.