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Office of Student Success
Kansas State University
101 Holton Hall
1101 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506


Keep Learning, K-Staters!

Starting March 23rd, all courses will be hosted online utilizing Canvas, Zoom, email or other learning management systems (LMS). 

  • An LMS is an online platform where you can access your course content. 

All course elements will be delivered at a distance, typically online (i.e. discussions, assignments, activities, etc.). 

  • Most faculty will use Canvas, K-State’s learning management system (LMS).
  • Check your K-State email account and Canvas for information from your instructors, including an updated syllabus.

Things may feel out of control and you may be experiencing a lot of unknowns and disruptions. Try to be patient with yourself, your classmates and your instructors during this time. Make sure to take care of your well-being. Take a deep breath and focus on what you can control.

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Basics, tips and resources

Preparing for Finals
  • The university will maintain the same general policies around finals week. The final exam schedule will remain the same for those courses using traditional final exams. “Dead week” will remain protected; no examinations will be given that week. Grades will be available in KSIS on May 20, as originally scheduled. 

  • Students’ rights and expectations remain the same. If you have more than two finals scheduled on the same day, you may request from the instructor of the highest-level class (by course number) that the final be changed. Students should not be asked to take final exams or turn in final projects during dead week. 

  • Your faculty are an important resource. If you have any questions about the time, due dates or expectations for your final assessments, please email your instructors or message them through Canvas. 

  • Utilize Academic Success Tools to help you prepare for finals. You can identify where to start, how to prioritize your time, and build a plan.


Spring 2020 A/Pass/Fail Grade Option

Read guidance regarding the 
A/Pass/Fail grade option for spring 2020 from Provost Taber on April 1.


How Do I Stay Organized?
  • Identify how all your classes are continuing.

    • How will you communicate in your online course with your instructor and with your classmates? What are your instructor’s expectations regarding course communication?

    • Where can you find course information or how do you access it? (live-stream, lecture capture, etc.)

    • How will you complete and submit learning activities (e.g., assignments, quizzes) and how will you receive feedback and/or be assessed? Are there new due dates?

  • Create a schedule and stick to it. 

    • Benefits

      • Keep motivation up 

      • Provide structure

      • Ensures you are keeping up with responsibilities

    • Tips for creating a schedule

      • Work on classes during your original scheduled class times

      • Include time for exercise or self care

      • Give yourself plenty of time to space out tasks

      • Find a consistent method such as Google or Outlook Calendar 

      • Try not to procrastinate

  • Find your space

    • Limit distractions in your environment

    • Find a designated work space (not your bed)

      • Try to create boundaries between school work and personal life

  • One example of keeping track of this information is: 


How Can I Make the Most of Online Learning?  
  • Become a self directed learner

    • Take the time you need to study and learn strategies that work best for you

    • Check your understanding:

      • What did I learn this week? 

      • How do I know what I learned? 

      • How can I apply what I learned this week? 

      • Is something I learned still confusing or unclear? 

  • Participate in an online discussion

    • Online discussions can grow quickly so it may be important to check back into the conversation regularly in order to stay up to date

    • Answer the prompt by being clear and concise

    • Drive the conversation forward by providing examples from your experience, pose clarifying questions, describe possible implications, suggest a different perspective, etc.

  • Make the most of your time 

    • Avoid multitasking to get assignments done efficiently

    • Focusing on one task as a time in order to commit more to long term memory

    • Take breaks in between assignments

    • Close distracting tabs/apps

    • Put your phone away or mute notifications 

  • Find out how to ask questions

    • Is there a chat feature? 

    • Is there an online discussion forum?

    • Is your instructor offering virtual office hours? When and on what platform?

  • Online Learning Tips

    • Continue to take notes as if you were in class 

    • Watch recordings at normal speed. Speeding up the video recording may cause you to retain less information

    • Reading will be more important for your learning now

    • Discover how to take quizzes on your Learning Management System (LMS) 

    • Explore Read&Write for assistance with reading, writing, studying, and research
  • Visit the Academic Achievement Center for Additional Resources

    • Academic Coaching is available through a virtual Learning Lab that is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. You can access a Zoom call where you will find an Academic Coach ready to support you.

      • Academic Coaches can help with:

        • Navigating online learning

        • Connecting to campus resources

        • Understanding course expectations 

        • Academic and time management challenges

        • & more! Don't hesitate to jump on the Zoom link with any questions.

      • Tutoring 

      • Academic Success Tools

K-State’s Honor and Integrity Pledge continues in the online learning environment. Remember, K-State's Honor Pledge: "On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work."


How Do I Communicate?
  • Please communicate with your instructor regarding questions about your class, technology, or assignments. Your instructor is your first point of contact.

  • Personal-natured communications. If you run into any issues, communicate early and often with your instructor. This is especially important if you are ill and cannot make course deadlines. Any personal-type questions or concerns must be emailed to your instructor. Include your course title in your email subject line.

  • General course communications. Some courses may have a discussion board dedicated to course-related questions. These discussion boards are a great way to ask or find answers to questions you (or your peers) may have. Check to see if your course(s) have these types of discussion boards - if not, email your instructor.

  • Netiquette. In online communications (text, email, discussion board posts) tone does not always come across well. Always seek clarification and potential solutions when misunderstandings, disagreements, or problems occur. Be patient and do not focus on blame. Here are a few tips:

    • Seek assignment feedback and strive to understand its constructive value, even if the feedback seems critical. 

    • When you are asked to give feedback, do it in a constructive, professional manner.

    • Avoid any statement or action (e.g., verbal statements, emails, online discussions) that might be interpreted as discriminatory, harassing, insensitive, offensive, or disrespectful against any other student, staff, or faculty member.


What Accommodations are Available?
  • If you are a student registered with the Student Access Center (SAC), this information has been shared with your instructors.

  • If you have questions, please contact the Student Access Center at: accesscenter@k-state.edu.


How Do I Access Technology Support? 


Computer Lab Software Access

Remote Computer Access is being provided to allow students, staff and faculty remote access to specific computer labs on campus. This will allow the use of any specialty software installed on these computers. Popular specialty software includes SAS, SPSS, Mathematica and Matlab.

For more information and to see a list of all software available in the computing labs, visit the ITS website


Group Project Tips
  • Find the way your group will communicate or meet remotely. You may consider using Zoom, phone, email, etc. 

  • Set the purpose of your meeting in advance

  • Create a shared document that outline tasks. Trello or Google Sheets are great collaborative tools!

  • Meet regularly with your group to chat about progress

  • Communicate with your professor if there is a group problem. For example, by letting your instructor know a group member is not participating.


Temporary Free/Open Access Databases and Journals
  • Temporary Free Access to the APA Publication Manual and Other Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic. The American Psychological Association is providing temporary free access to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th and 7th editions), the Concise Guide to APA Style, and more than 160 other books published by APA Books through VitalSource and RedShelf. These will be available for free to instructors and students at participating nonprofit academic institutions affected by campus closures until May 25, 2020.

  • Open-access databases in response to COVID-19:
    • All JSTOR articles, journals and books will remain open until June 30th.
    • All John Hopkins University Press articles and books are open access through Project Muse until at least May 31st.


Care for Yourself
  • Take breaks away from your computer

  • Check in on your friends and family

  • Schedule breaks

    • Take a walk 

    • Play with your pet

    • Find a creative outlet

  • Reflect on your day

    • What worked well?

    • What needs adjustment?

    • What will you accomplish tomorrow?

  • Reward yourself!

  • Get a good night’s sleep. You will want a fresh mind each day to maximize productivity


Additional Support/Resource Links 


Campus Resource


Office of Student Life


Student Access Center for Help with Accommodations


Counseling Services for Help with Mental Health and Wellbeing Needs


Lafene Health Center for Help with Medical and Prescription Needs


Cat’s Cupboard for Help with Food and Personal Supplies


Powercat Financial Counseling for Help with Financial Counseling and Budgeting: 


Cashiers and Student Accounts for Paying Tuition Bills: 


IT Help Desk for Support with Technology


KSU Graduate School for Support with Graduate Studies Question


KSU COVID-19 Resources



Keep Learning, Graduate Students!

The following provides guidance specifically to help graduate students continue making progress on research, scholarly work, and other degree requirements during the period of remote operations.

Preparation for Initial Progress Meeting
  • Prepare a list of tasks essential to complete your degree
    • Consider which of the major tasks have been completed (See examples below, which are not comprehensive)
      • Program of Study Submitted
      • Preliminary examination scheduled or completed, if doctoral students
      • Research topic identified
      • Research topic agreed upon by major professor
      • Literature review completed or on-going
      • Proposal approved by major professor and submitted to supervisory committee
      • Proposal defense scheduled with supervisory committee
      • Compliance approved to conduct research (i.e., IRB, Animal Care and Use)
      • Data collected
      • Needed software identified (if any)
      • Data analysis conducted
      • Chapters written and reviewed by major professor
      • Input obtained from supervisory committee
  • Identify immediate tasks that you need to complete
  • Identify any modifications needed to previously identified tasks
  • Identify tentative timeline for completing tasks


Communication Options
  • Email
  • Zoom meetings
  • Telephone calls and text messages
  • We Chat, Line, WhatsApp, Viber, and related communication application
  • Office 365: Microsoft Teams or Share
  • Skype, FaceTime


  • Schedule meetings with major professor
  • Determine the most effective methods and frequency for you to communicate
  • Discuss immediate tasks that you need to complete
  • Identify tasks that need to be completed by end of the semester
  • Determine realistic expectations and deadlines for completing tasks
  • Complete task/assignment and submit to major professor
  • Continue working on next task while waiting for feedback
  • Review and discuss feedback with your major professor
  • Keep supervisory committee informed of your progress and schedule meetings for feedback when advised to do so by your major professor
  • Submit any required documents to the Graduate School electronically (ksu.edu/grad/academics/forms/)


General Ideas
  • Find a place to work with as few interruptions as possible
  • Determine your most productive time and complete the tasks requiring the most concentration during this time
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Continue communications with others
  • Schedule and take mental and physical breaks, such as walking outside for short times daily and keeping your social distance
  • Eat healthy and get adequate rest
  • Reward yourself with a pat on the back, a movie, extra exercise time, call a friend, or whatever helps you feel good about yourself
  • Reach out to friends and colleagues and offer encouragement

Additional campus-specific information

K-State Polytechnic

K-State Olathe

COVID-19 university updates

Continue to refer to the student updates page on the K-State COVID-19 update site for the most up-to-date university guidance, as well as guidance for students' frequently asked questions.

university updates

Continue to refer to the 
student updates page on the COVID-19 update site for the most up-to-date university guidance.