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Top Hat training Jan. 9-10 for instructors

by Information Technology Services

Top Hat training sessions will be available for instructors Jan. 9-10, 2018:

  • Tue, Jan. 9, 2-3 p.m., Hale 401
  • Wed, Jan. 10, 10-11 a.m., Hale 301

Representatives from Top Hat will be available after the training sessions to work with individuals one-on-one.

Top Hat’s interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities. Millions of students at 700 leading North American colleges and universities use the Top Hat teaching platform.

To learn more, visit www.tophat.com.

Dec. 19: Retirement celebration for Beth and Jay Alloway

After a collective 90+ years of service, Beth and Jay Alloway will retire from Information Technology Services on December 31, 2017. A retirement celebration will be held in the Hemisphere Room of Hale Library on December 19 from 9-10:30 a.m., remarks will be at 9:30 a.m.

Beth has been employed at K-State for more than 46 1/2 years. Her position has evolved from key punch operator to overseeing access to administrative systems. She works with every individual who needs access to administrative systems. She monitors and resolves high-level security access requests and has been the go-to person for resolving eID issues.

Jay began his career in the Computing Center in 1969. He was appointed to the position by Elizabeth Unger.  He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1970 and has held numerous positions over the last 48 years from systems analyst to systems programmer to Assistant Director to Acting Associate Director.


Grade submission deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19

By Monty Nielsen

Grades for the fall 2017 term are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 for term courses with final exams given Monday, Dec. 11 – Friday, Dec. 15.

Students will be able to view grades for regular courses in KSIS starting after 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.

See the Final Grade Submission Information – Fall 2017 page for more information about grade submission deadlines.

Closed Captions benefit all K-State students

Closed Captions logoby Information Technology Services

Closed Captions are beneficial for hearing-impaired students, but did you know that Closed Captions are beneficial for all students? More than 80% of students who utilize closed captioning do not have a hearing disability.*

Students use closed captioning for many reasons including:

  • Improved focus — Some students prefer to view instructional videos with Closed Captions on to help them focus on the content.
  • Retention and recall — Growing research indicates that watching videos with Closed Captions on, increases students’ scores on assessments.
  • Poor audio quality — Closed Captions help when the audio quality is poor and the sound is not loud enough.
  • Second language — Many international students use Closed Captions as a tool to assist in language comprehension and for study review.
  • Speaker clarity — Instructors with thick accents are easier to understand through Closed Captions.
  • Loud and/or quiet environments — When students are in an environment where they cannot turn their speakers on or wear headphones, Closed Captions are a great option.

Instructors who are using Mediasite within K-State Online already have the ability to add Closed Captions to their videos with just a couple of clicks. View the Adding Closed-Captioning guide for step-by-step instructions on uploading your files to Mediasite in K-State Online.

Kansas State University has a contract with third-party vendor Caption Sync who will transcribe your instructional videos for a set fee.

To learn more about recording your lectures with Mediasite and adding Closed Captions, view K-State’s Mediasite website.

If you have questions about how to accommodate a specific student, contact the Student Access Center.

Captions and transcripts should accompany audio and video used to deliver course content to meet the university’s legal requirement to provide equal educational opportunities for all.

*Gernsbacher, M.A. (2015). Video captions benefit everyone. Policy insights from the behavioral and brain sciences. 2(1). 195-202

K-State Online December updates

by Information Technology ServicesK-State Online Info graphic

Updates to Canvas were released on Dec. 9. 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 December 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 December updates”

Faculty, showcase your work with an ePortfolio

by Information Technology Services

Do you have a paper or a research project you’re really proud of? Do you want to reflect on experiences or courses you’ve created with your peers and colleagues? You can easily showcase your work by creating an ePortfolio in K-State Online. Continue reading “Faculty, showcase your work with an ePortfolio”

Students, showcase your work with an ePortfolio

by Information Technology Services

Do you have a paper or a project you’re really proud of? Do you want to share it with your friends, family, or maybe even a future employer? You can easily showcase your work by creating an ePortfolio in K-State Online. Continue reading “Students, showcase your work with an ePortfolio”

Copy final grades from K-State Online to KSIS


by Information Technology Services

Instructors can copy their final grades from K-State Online to KSIS with the Copy Grades to KSIS tool located in the left-hand navigation of each course in K-State Online. Grades for the fall 2017 term are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, for term courses with final exams given Monday-Friday, Dec. 11–15. Continue reading “Copy final grades from K-State Online to KSIS”

Reminder: K-State Online Classic and Pro move offline Dec. 15

KSOL InfoTime is running out. K-State Online Classic and K-State Pro will be moved permanently offline Dec. 15.

Instructors, now is the time to archive any Classic or Pro content you want to keep.  Submit a request form if you need to access and archive your old data.

Class rosters and final grades do not need to be archived from Classic because they reside permanently as records in the KSIS student information system.

After Dec. 15, you can still submit a form to retrieve your old data, but instead of a few days, it may take several weeks to retrieve any data.

If you have questions regarding the K-State Online Classic retirement, contact the IT Help Desk, phone 785-532-7722 (toll-free 800-865-6143) or email helpdesk@k-state.edu.

Office 365 App Launcher Updated

Microsoft released an update to the Office 365 App Launcher. The updated App Launcher provides a condensed view of apps and documents recently used.

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Your email, calendar, and tasks tiles have been merged into the Outlook tile. Calendar and Tasks are accessed from the switcher which is located at the bottom of the left navigation pane in the Outlook on the Web App.

App Switcher



You can add any tiles such as Calendar or Tasks to the App Launcher.

  1. Open your App Launcher.
  2. Click the All Apps link.
  3. Mouse over the app you want to pin to your App Launcher, click the three dots, and then click Pin to Launcher.
    Pin to Launcher







if you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@ksu.edu).