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

785-532-3370
brownleonard@k-state.edu

Keep Learning, K-Staters!

We are here and available to help you achieve success and navigate your academic experience. We remain committed to providing you the support you need to connect with resources and services to meet your goals.

Come back, 'Cats: Fall 2020 Experience

Read all of the latest information and updates for students about the fall semester. You will find commonly asked questions and related guidance all in one place. Read more.

Health and Wellness guidance and policies

The university is incorporating protocols to protect the health and safety of all members of our campuses and communities. Review the policies and guidance.

Your health and safety and that of the K-State community are important. Learn about the Every Wildcat a Wellcat initiative and take the pledge.

Student Success Resources

Check out the new Student Success Resources Canvas course to help you locate information and services that will help you meet your personal, academic, and career goals. 

Financial Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can I expect for my educational experience this fall?

The university is providing regular updates about the academic instruction experience and health and safety in the classroom. Review the commonly asked questions and related guidance on the fall 2020 experience page for students.

 

How do I stay organized with a course schedule that includes a mix of in-person, hybrid/blended and/or on-line courses?
    • If your course is in-person or hybrid/blended, identify how the class will meet - how often and what blend of in-person or online.

    • How ill you communicate in your on-line 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 can 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?  
  • In addition to the great strategies shared below, learn how to be successful from our online learning experts at K-State Online.
  • 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."

 

What advice do you have for communicating with my instructors?
  • 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? 

 

How do I access software that is typically provided in computer labs?


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

 

What strategies can be used to support projects when members may be joining remotely? 
  • 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.

 

What tips do you suggest to take care of myself and stay healthy and focused?
  • 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

 

What are my options for changing my course schedule this fall?

Now that adjustments to the fall 2020 course schedule have been completed, consult with your academic advisor about options the fall. You may make changes to our fall courses through the first week of the semester. Our goal is to help you make progress toward your degree while staying safe. In some cases you can switch to a section of an existing course that is meeting in a format that works for you; in other cases you may choose to postpone a course that is on your fall schedule currently and replace it with a different option. Your academic advisor is your best resource as you consider your options.

 

I am a student with a hybrid/blended course in my schedule. How do I know if and when I need to attend in-person classes or activities?

Your instructor is the best person to answer questions about if and when you need to attend in-person classes or activities. There are a number of different ways hybrid/blended courses are delivered and each offers a different mix of in-person and online instruction and activities.  To see a list of the different ways hybrid/blended courses may be structured, read the information on course modalities.

If you have a situation that would prevent you from attending in-person classes or activities, let your instructor know and consult with the student life office/contact on your campus.

 

I’ve decided to stop out for a semester. What do I need to do?

Please discuss your plans with your academic advisor. Ideally we would like to find a way for you to persist and make progress toward your degree. If stopping out is the right choice for you, your academic advisor can help you take the right steps.

 

My tuition and fees for the fall 2020 are higher than I expected. Is there any financial support available to me?

Contact your financial aid advisor to discuss your situation.

 

I don’t feel comfortable meeting with my academic advisor in person. Are virtual appointments possible?

Yes. Some advisors will be working virtually all semester and others will have a combination of virtual and in-person meeting times. Even during the designated in-person appointment slots, academic advisors can connect with you via Zoom.

 

Additional Support/Resource Links 

 

Campus Resource

Website

Office of Student Life

https://www.k-state.edu/studentlife/

Student Access Center for Help with Accommodations


https://www.k-state.edu/accesscenter/

Counseling Services for Help with Mental Health and Wellbeing Needs

https://www.k-state.edu/counseling/

Lafene Health Center for Help with Medical and Prescription Needs

https://www.k-state.edu/lafene/

Cat’s Cupboard for Help with Food and Personal Supplies

https://www.k-state.edu/cats-cupboard/ 

Powercat Financial Counseling for Help with Financial Counseling and Budgeting: 

https://www.k-state.edu/powercatfinancial/

Cashiers and Student Accounts for Paying Tuition Bills: 

https://www.k-state.edu/finsvcs/cashiers/payment/

IT Help Desk for Support with Technology

https://www.k-state.edu/its/helpdesk/

KSU Graduate School for Support with Graduate Studies Question

https://www.k-state.edu/grad/

KSU COVID-19 Resources

https://www.k-state.edu/covid-19/index.html

 

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

 

Action
  • 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
  • Develop a Peer Academic Support Network, Online

Additional campus-specific information


K-State Polytechnic

K-State Olathe

COVID-19 university updates

Continue to refer to the K-State COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date university guidance.

COVID-19
university updates

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