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K-State Online August updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on Aug. 8. Canvas operates on a monthly release cycle through which features are added or updated on the third weekend of the month. 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.

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

  • Final Grade exclusion — As part of creating or editing an assignment, instructors can choose whether or not assignments count toward the final grade. This feature allows instructors to provide feedback without an assignment counting toward Gradebook calculations. This feature is only available in assignments; it does not apply to graded discussions or quizzes.
  • SpeedGrader user interface updates — In SpeedGrader, the primary navigation buttons have been moved to the right side of the menu bar to be more closely associated with the most frequently used features in SpeedGrader. Navigating from student to student is now located directly above the sidebar. The less frequently used navigation buttons have been moved to the left side of the menu bar, including: return to the Gradebook, mute the assignment, view keyboard shortcuts, view the help menu, and change Gradebook settings.
  • Comment drafts — If an instructor creates a comment in SpeedGrader and navigates to another submission without submitting the comment, or refreshes the page, SpeedGrader autosaves the comment and notifies the instructor it has been saved as a draft. The instructor can go back to the student’s submission and submit the comment at a later time. Students cannot view the comments when they are in draft.

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