Technology Updates (December 2, 2020): Canvas, ISU AdminTools, Webex, Turnitin, Panopto, Piazza, FERPA

As we have in the past, the Learning Technologies Team will be doing system and vendor updates in between Fall Term and Winter Session to minimize impact during instruction.  The following updates will occur on Wednesday, December 2, 2020: 


The New Rich Content Editor (RCE) will be enabled in all courses. This introduces Autosave functionality and one-click access to Canvas Studio and CyBox directly on the toolbar. 

ISU AdminTools 

The existing course conclusion process will be updated to reduce clutter on the Courses interface, Dashboard, Calendar and Inbox while making it easier for instructors and support staff to copy past courses forward and manage incomplete students. All courses prior to Fall 2020 will be un-concluded and the enrollments within the course will remain concluded. This will not affect student access. Students will retain the same ready-only access in the course unless the instructor altered course settings. Moving forward, this new conclusion process will occur once each semester, approximately 3 weeks after grade submission. 


Webex Trainings can no longer be scheduled from within Canvas. Breakout sessions, polling, and other features have been added to Webex Meetings for greater functionality. See the announcement from September 15. Trainings can still be scheduled through the Webex web portal. 


Turnitin will see the addition of Originality and Draft Coach within Canvas.  See the Turnitin Guide for more information on using Turnitin or Achieving Academic Integrity in Canvas.  


The Panopto update resolves issues instructors have reported regarding being unable to access and re-use videos from previous courses. 


This will be the last month that the vendor will offer the Piazza tool for free.  Instructors using this tool for Spring 2021 can contact for more information regarding the anticipated fee of $379 per instructor per semester. Watch the Piazza teaching and learning page for more updates. 

FERPA Enforcement 

A reminder that instructors must have a valid FERPA certification to maintain access to Canvas beyond December 31, 2020. Check the status of your training or renew your certification by searching for “Understanding FERPA” inside Learn@ISU. 

January 8, 2021
FERPA Enforcement in Canvas has been delayed at this time.