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Canvas: November updates

On Sun., Dec. 29, the New Gradebook will be activated in Canvas, and the old Gradebook will no longer be available. The New Gradebook offers several enhanced features, including: 

  • A better user experience addressing user-suggested improvements
  • Support for flexible late/missing assignment policies
  • Improved organization options, communication, grading workflow enhancements, and accessibility support

In addition, other updates to Canvas were released on Nov. 16. Including those items below. To see all the new features and fixed bugs, view the complete November Release Notes. 

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September 16: Respondus LockDown Browser demo and discussion

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Canvas. It is available for Mac, Windows, Apple iPad and can be configured to work in a lab setting as well as personal computers. Students are unable to copy, print, access other applications, or visit other websites during an online exam.

Instructors can choose an option in Canvas Quizzes to require Respondus LockDown Browser and students will be prompted to launch the LockDown Browser when they attempt the quiz. Some options such as allowing a calculator to open are available. 

Information Technology Services, the College of Business, and the College of Veterinary Medicine are partnering with Respondus to host a demo of Respondus Lock Down Browser followed by a panel discussion about how it is being used at K-State.  

The event will be 1:30-3:00 p.m., Monday, September 16 in room BB3112, College of Business. 


  • 1:30–2:15 p.m. – Online demo of Respondus LockDown Browser with Respondus representative
  • 2:15-3:00 p.m. – Panel discussion/hands-on training

Registration is requested. If you have any questions about Respondus LockDown Browser or this event, contact Michael Raine (maraine@ksu.edu) or Gina Scott (scott@vet.ksu.edu).

New Gradebook deactivated in Canvas

On Mon., Aug. 19, the New Gradebook was activated in Canvas. Unfortunately, Canvas bugs have been discovered that do not allow the Copy Grades to KSIS or Scantron tools to work optimally with the New Gradebook. The decision has been made to return to the previous Gradebook until those bugs have been fixed. All courses in Canvas for fall 2019 were reverted to the Old Gradebook on Thurs., Aug. 22.

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Top Hat announces updated tools available for fall semester

Top Hat is a student engagement system that allows instructors to ask questions, take polls, give quizzes, and receive feedback from students during class. Top Hat has been integrated with Canvas so that instructors can sync grading and class roster information between the two systems

Top Hat has recently updated their tools, combining Top Hat Classroom, Assignment, and Test into a single product – Top Hat Test. With Top Hat Test, instructors can administer tests and quizzes utilizing a students’ own mobile device. To learn more about the Top Hat update, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5wgg3QbiBY. Continue reading “Top Hat announces updated tools available for fall semester”

Getting started with Canvas for students

by Information Technology Servicesstart

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that supports online learning and teaching at K-State. Whether you are an experienced Canvas user or new to the LMS, learn about helpful tips and resources to help you through the semester in the Getting Started with Canvas course for students. Continue reading “Getting started with Canvas for students”

New Canvas Gradebook coming Aug. 19

On Monday, Aug. 19, the New Gradebook will be activated in Canvas. The New Gradebook offers several enhanced features, including:

  • A better user experience addressing user-suggested improvements
  • Support for flexible late/missing assignment policies
  • Improved accessibility support

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