Technology in Your Course

Most courses require use of technology and media. Course delivery may include the use of K-State Online, streaming video, listservs, teleconferences, message boards and more.

View the technology glossary for a complete list of terms you may come across through online learning.

K-State Online

K-State Online is a comprehensive, easy-to-use web-based learning management system that transforms the everyday classroom into interactive web sessions for the K-State community.

K-State Online offers to students simple yet powerful ways to:

  • View course lectures and materials.
  • Download files provided by the instructor.
  • Upload documents and assignments in various media formats.
  • Participate in chat rooms with a white board and message boards.
  • Be a part of a student group within your particular class.
  • View your grades and progress reports.
  • Communicate with your instructor via email.

Take the K-State Online Readiness Test

  1. Go to the K-State Online login page.
  2. Click on "Readiness Test" at the right of the page.
  3. Click on "Begin" to start the check of your computer.
  4. The Online Wizard will guide you through the process. This check will make sure your computer has the appropriate software needed to access K-State Online components.
  5. When you have completed the test, the Online Wizard should inform you that the tests were successful.
  6. For additional software, view the downloads section.

Note: If you already have a current version of any of these programs installed, you do not need to install them again. Not all software is required for all courses. However, having all the software in the test will ensure you have what you need.

If the wizard finds you are missing software you will see a link to download and install. When you are done installing the software, close the window to return to the test.

Computer Requirements

Before beginning your course, please review the computer and technical requirements.

K-State IT Help Desk

The K-State IT Help Desk is there to assist you with questions regarding the technology used for your course.

K-State IT Help Desk
Phone: 785-532-7722 or toll free 1-800-865-6143

K-State Libraries

Assists students with library resources and access to online databases and electronic journal collections, as well as providing book and article delivery service.

Computer Security

View information about protecting yourself and your computer.


Students should be sure to use proper "Netiquette" when communicating through email, chat rooms, message boards, and other methods of online communication.