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K-State Online October updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on Oct. 6. 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 October 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:

  • Anonymous Instructor Annotations Feature Option — In Assignments, the Anonymous Instructor Annotations option is enabled by a course-level feature option. This assignments-based feature was introduced in a previous release. This change enables the Anonymous Instructor Annotations option for instructors who want to create anonymous instructor annotations in their course assignments. When the option is enabled in an assignment, annotations and comments in a student’s submission do not display the name of the instructor or grader.

  • Non-Scoring Rubrics Feature Option Enforcement — This feature allows rubrics to be created without point values. These changes promote learning engagement by helping students focus on assignment feedback instead of point values.

  • Document Rotation — DocViewer supports manual image and document rotation. Files that are viewable in DocViewer can be manually rotated in DocViewer using the Rotation button. Rotation is available on a per-page basis in documents with multiple pages. This feature allows instructors and students to manually rotate images and documents in DocViewer to allow easier viewing of files that were uploaded with a different image orientation.

  • List View Dashboard Dismissed Alerts — In the List View Dashboard, the Alerts Menu displays both new and dismissed opportunities. This change allows students to view opportunities that have been dismissed from the menu.

  • List View Dashboard Peer Review Items — Peer Review assignments are included as to-do items in the List View Dashboard. In the List View Dashboard, students can view and complete peer review assignments. Peer review assignments indicate the peer review that must be made by the student and display the peer review icon. Peer reviews can either be due on the same day as the initial assignment or can be due after the due date.