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K-State Online August updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on Aug. 26. 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 August 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 August updates”

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. Continue reading “K-State Online: Updates from the summer”

Getting Started with Canvas course for students

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K-State Online is a collection of systems and tools that support online teaching and learning at Kansas State University. At the core of K-State Online is the Canvas Learning Management System. Whether you are an experienced K-State Online Canvas user or new to the LMS, we have compiled some tips to help you through the fall 2017 semester in the Getting Started with Canvas course for students. Continue reading “Getting Started with Canvas course for students”

Getting started with Canvas course for instructors

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Whether you are an experienced K-State Online Canvas user or new to teaching with the LMS, we have compiled some tips and tricks to help you through the fall 2017 semester in the Getting started with Canvas course for instructors. Continue reading “Getting started with Canvas course for instructors”

UDOIT is now available in K-State Online

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The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool (pronounced “You Do It”) 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 specific to the Canvas environment. Continue reading “UDOIT is now available in K-State Online”

K-State Online August updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on Aug. 5. 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 August 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 August updates”

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”

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”