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Volume 7, Issue 3 

University Approves New Learning Management System

Canvas logoThis summer, Kansas State University's Information Technology Services announced the university would move all online courses into Canvas Learning Management System. The decision came after a yearlong pilot of... 

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...Canvas that involved more than 120 instructors and 2,200 students.

“Kansas State University's upgrade to K-State Online powered by Canvas is an important change for students,” said Scott Finkeldei, associate director of mediated education. “K-State is moving to a system that better meets modern students' needs, including improved notifications about what you should be doing in the course, mobile apps for access to course info and interactions on the go and a more powerful system for interacting with your instructors and peers. This upgrade will help Kansas State University meet 2025 goals and the needs of our students.”

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The upgrade to Canvas will be conducted in three phases:

  • Phase one: Instructors who would like to use Canvas for the fall 2014 semester can begin their upgrade now.
  • Phase two: Remaining Axio courses will upgrade to Canvas by the end of spring 2015 semester.
  • Phase three: This phase will be reserved for special situations, including courses that are not taught every semester and highly customized courses. 

The new learning management system has a free mobile app called Canvas by Instructure. The app shares many of the same features of the Web version of Canvas and lets you:

  • manage your inbox/conversations, profile, to-do list and notifications
  • view files, modules, pages, syllabus and announcements
  • participate in discussions and groups
  • submit quizzes and assignments and view the results when scored

During the transition, there are two systems a course could be in. To guarantee you sign into the right system, use Connect to log in. Connect will allow you to see your combined course list as links. Each link will take you to the right system for that course. Learn more about signing in using Connect.

Learn more about the upgrade and view the student guide.

Name Change Reflects Global Reach

Globe photoIn April 2014, Kansas State University officially announced the Division of Continuing Education would be renamed Kansas State University Global Campus to more accurately reflect the university's global reach and...

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...international ties.

"At Kansas State University Global Campus, students can learn online, grow professionally and connect internationally," said Sue Maes, dean of K-State Global Campus. "With students from countries all over the world connecting to K-State through the online classroom, this name captures the breadth of K-State throughout the world."

With the name change, we are in the process of updating our website. Our hope is that you'll be able to find the information you need – whether it's about a degree program or scholarships – quickly and easily.

Regardless of our name, our goal remains the same — to provide adult learners all over the world with a quality education and superior customer service the K-State Way.

Student Spotlight: Cristina Mansfield

Cristina Mansfield portraitKansas State University reaches far across the globe — from its campuses all the way to Cambodia. Cristina Mansfield ‘04 had already completed a bachelor's and master's degree but had unanswered questions for her career in international development. Among her many...

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...global experiences, she worked on democracy and governance issues in Cambodia and became interested in where the country should be investing their money, particularly in agriculture.

Mansfield found her answers through K-State's Master of Agribusiness program, which she completed from Cambodia, along with students in several other countries.

“In the years I was in the program, we had someone in Ecuador whose job was growing mangoes, someone in Beijing working with wheat and me based in Cambodia,” Mansfield said. “It was amazing to be in a program with people who had such different backgrounds.” 

Mansfield enjoyed the connection to her peers so much that she continues her involvement in the program by writing alumni spotlight profiles for the MAB newsletter.

“Working on the alumni articles has been a fun way to keep up with the program and get acquainted with students who have come after me,” Mansfield said. “They're all doing completely different things all over the country, and it's been great fun to keep up with them.”

Now pursuing a juris-doctorate from Vermont Law School, Mansfield was selected as the K-State Global Campus 2014 Alumni Fellow for her outstanding academic and international accomplishments. She visited the K-State campus several times during the MAB program and again as Alumni Fellow, noting that K-State has given her a sense of place.

“It's amazing that a large university like K-State can have such a sense of community,” Mansfield said. “I feel that K-State has an extraordinary ability to have that small-town community feel.”

View Cristina's video as she shares her experience in the MAB program and as an Alumni Fellow.

Seven New Scholarships Available for Distance Students

Fall scholarship mapThanks to new scholarships offered through K-State Global Campus in partnership with various colleges and departments, seven new scholarships are available starting this fall for degree-seeking students. Scholarships...

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...between $600 and $1,000 are available each semester in the following online program areas:

“We are very appreciative that these colleges have joined us in this partnership to provide much needed scholarship support for distance students. This greatly expands the number and amount of available scholarship opportunities and will contribute significantly to student retention and success,” said Dave Stewart, associate dean of K-State Global Campus.

A total of 37 scholarships were awarded through K-State Global Campus for the fall 2014 semester, with recipients representing 10 states. View the scholarship announcement for a list of fall 2014 recipients and scholarships.

Scholarship applications for spring 2015 and summer 2015 semesters are due by Nov. 2, 2014.

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#KStateGlobal Hashtag Question 

We love to hear from you! In each issue of WorldWide Wildcats, we'll post a question you can answer via social media. Include #KStateGlobal with your answer, and we'll display your results in the next issue. 

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