- Several updates have been made to K-State Online during the summer months. To catch up on all the updates, read the K-State Online: Updates from the summerarticle.
- 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 fall 2017 semester in the Getting started with Canvas course for instructors.
The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool (pronounced “You Do It”) allows faculty to identify accessibility issues in K-State Online courses. UDOIT will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues specific to the Canvas environment.
Canvas Teacher app available for iOS and Android phones and tablets. The Canvas Teacher app allows teachers to manage their courses and use Canvas more efficiently from a mobile device.
- Raise Limit for Show Question Details in Quizzes is a new feature being voted on now in the Canvas Community. This feature would increase the amount of questions that will be displayed. You can vote for this feature now in the Canvas Community.
- K-State Online Classic was retired Jan. 1, 2017 — Instructors no longer have the ability to access K-State Online Classic after Jan. 1, 2017. Instructors who need access to their old content in Classic will be required to submit a request form. On Dec 15, 2017, all information residing in K-State Online Classic will be archived and reside permanently offline. At that time, if instructors need access to the old data, a request form will need to be submitted and it may take several weeks to retrieve the information.
K-State Online Updates
Updates to Canvas were released on August 26. 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 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.
- DocViewer — Canvas DocViewer can be used in the student submission details page and SpeedGrader.
- Point and Area Annotation Comments — To save an annotation in DocViewer, Point and Area annotations do not require comments. Comments can be added to the annotation like all other annotation types.
- Session Expiration Warning — When a user creates annotations in DocViewer, Canvas will display a session-expiration warning at 9 hours 50 minutes, followed by 5-minute and 1-minute warnings until the 10-hour limit has been reached. This change helps remind users to save their work before the session automatically refreshes at 10 hours. A session can be restarted at any time by refreshing the submission page.
Rich Content Editor — The Rich Content Menu toolbar includes an option to insert or edit media. This change allows users to easily add online media content to a course without having to use the HTML Editor.
- The General tab includes fields for the media source location and dimensions. The media can be resized and set to constrain size proportions.
- The Embed tab includes an HTML field for embedded code.
- The Advanced tab includes fields for providing alternative source URL(s) and poster image information. Alternative sources pointing to different video encodings can be specified to be used as a fallback if the browser doesn’t support the initial encoding offered. The poster URL source indicates the image that displays until the user clicks the play button. If the poster option is blank, the first frame of the source video will be used as the poster image.
Links from common providers (like YouTube and Vimeo) often link to custom media players, rather than directly to video files, and will not recognize any content added to the alternative source and posted image options.
Video to enhance face-to-face and/or online instruction, presence, and interaction
Do you want to learn how to use video in different ways to improve instruction, presence, and interaction in both face-to-face and online instruction? Brent Anders, senior electronic media coordinator, recorded a presentation on how video can be created and used to help with instruction of the course content as well as to help establish and increase instructor presence.
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K-State Online Canvas is the online learning environment for Kansas State University. K-State Online provides integration with KSIS for course and final grade management, a variety of tools and services to connect student and instructors with the variety of options on the web, mobile apps and mobile browser support, as well as the tools and communication options that instructors, staff and students need.