K-State Online powered by Canvas
In Summer 2014, K-State selected Canvas as the replacement for K-State Online Classic. For more information, please view the Canvas announcement. To sign in to Canvas, visit the website https://k-state.instructure.com.
Canvas by instructure is the online learning management system (LMS) that powers K-State Online. Canvas is a modern, responsive-designed, cloud hosted LMS, that offers a variety of powerful and intuitive tools which provides K-State Online with excellent mobile access and rich options for collaboration, interaction and grading. It allows for better integration with tools like Google Docs, SoftChalk, WordPress, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Quizlet, McGraw-Hill Campus, WileyPLUS and many other tools. Canvas works with iSIS for automatic course creation and roster population, provides student e-Portfolios, includes outcomes and rubrics, rich analytics on student activity and progress, broad compatibility with textbook company course content and assessment material including IMS QTI, and Common Cartridge imports.
Watch this short video to see a few of the cool things you can do with Canvas.
What's New in Canvas
January Release Highlights
Instructure released a new version of Canvas on January 10. To see all the new features and fixed bugs, view the complete January Release Notes.
Recent Canvas Features Highlights
Differentiated Assignments, instructors have the flexibility to differentiate assignments between sections and select which sections are required to complete specific tasks.
Files Redesign, the new files redesign allows users to view more details about their files, manage editing permissions, and preview files. In addition, Files is fully accessible for all keyboard users and screen readers.
Global Navigation Assignments Link, the Assignments link has been removed from the global navigation. Many instructors were hiding the Assignments link in their courses to streamline the student’s experience. With the link now removed from the global navigation, instructors have more control over their course navigation.
Copy of Announcement to Sender, Instructors have been asking for the ability to receive a copy of all announcements they create. With the new Copy of Announcement to Sender feature, instructors can set a new notification preference that will allow them to receive copies of announcements. They notification preference can also be set to receive copies of announcement replies.
Polls is an online polling app for Android and IOS devices. Upcoming additions include a browser based version and integration with the Gradebook. View the complete release notes.
Magic Marker (iPad only currently) is a new Canavs app that allows for the collection and assessment of outcomes in person, in the classroom that delivers the results to the Canvas Gradebook automatically. This tool can help you grade in-class work more simply. View the complete release notes.
SpeedGrader allows you to view and grade student assignment submissions in one place. Canvas accepts a variety of document formats and even URLs as submissions. Some documents can be marked up for feedback directly within the submission. You can also provide feedback with text or simple audio or video comments. View the SpeedGrader Guide and the SpeedGraderiOS Guide.
Canvas updates their software to correct issues and provide requested features just as K-State Online Classic did. Updates are rolled out every three weeks and applied on Sunday morning. To see the changes to Canvas, you can view all of the past release notes at releases.instructure.com. You may subscribe to the Canvas Release Notes and have info about the monthly updates sent to you via email.
Vote on New Canvas Features
One of the benefits of K-State Online powered by Canvas is the ability to participate in the growth of Canvas. As a user, you can vote on new features or changes being made in Canvas in the community forums.
The following features are being discussed now by users and are important to K-State. You can show your support for the feature by clicking the Me too! link. The Me too! link is similar to the Like link in Facebook.
- Export Rubric Scores as CSV or Excel files — This feature would allow teachers to export rubric ratings during the grading process.
- Anonymous Option on Peer Reviews — This beneficial feature would allow peer reviews to be anonymous.
To see what other features are being considered for Canvas, visit the Feature Discussion Categories. In this forum, Canvas users discuss how features can be used; talk about what works and what doesn’t; and suggest new features or fixes.
There are currently no maintenance actives scheduled.