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Getting started with Canvas course for students

by Information Technology Servicesstart

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 spring 2018 semester in the Getting Started with Canvas course for students. Continue reading “Getting started with Canvas course for students”

Getting started with Canvas updated for spring 2018

by Information Technology Servicesstart

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 spring 2018 semester in the Getting started with Canvas course for instructors. Continue reading “Getting started with Canvas updated for spring 2018”

Retirement reception for Diana Blake rescheduled for Jan. 19

by Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host a retirement reception for Diana Blake, Associate Director of Information Systems from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Cottonwood Room at the K-State Student Union. The reception was originally scheduled for Jan. 11, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The university community is invited to join ITS to honor Blake for over 17 years of service to Kansas State University.

K-State Online January updates

by Information Technology ServicesK-State Online Info graphic

Updates to Canvas were released on Jan. 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 January 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 January updates”

Top Hat now available in K-State Online

by Information Technology Services

Top Hat is now available in K-State Online. Top Hat is a classroom engagement system that has been integrated with K-State Online’s Canvas. Instructors can choose to utilize Top Hat to develop interactive course content, gamified lessons, dynamic discussions and live polling and next-generation online textbooks to help engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities. Continue reading “Top Hat now available in K-State Online”

Retirement reception for Diana Blake Jan. 11

by Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host a retirement reception for Diana Blake, Associate Director of Information Systems from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in the Cottonwood Room at the K-State Student Union.

The university community is invited to join ITS to honor Blake for over 17 years of service to Kansas State University.

Reminder: Mediasite unavailable during Jan. 8 upgrade

by Information Technology ServicesImage of Mediasite upgrade

Mediasite will undergo a software upgrade 9 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8. Mediasite will be unavailable during this time.

Once the upgrade is complete, the MyMediasite portal for faculty/staff will sport a new and improved layout featuring:

  • Responsive design, better suited for a growing variety of end-user devices and screen sizes
  • Better visibility of MyMediasite controls and options
  • Enhanced sharing tools
  • Improved search capabilities

Walk-in help sessions will be held at the Media Development Center. All sessions are in 213 Hale Library.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 11, 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 19, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1:30-3 p.m.

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.

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