Gradescope Workshop Series: August 2022

Gradescope, an assessment, feedback, and analytics tool that integrates with Canvas, is being piloted at Iowa State during Fall 2022. Iowa State instructors can learn more about this tool through a series of vendor-led workshops being offered in August. All workshops are being hosted by Gradescope.

If you wish to use Gradescope, opt-in, and participate in the pilot, please review the Canvas course and fill out the Qualtrics form that you are using Gradescope in your course.

You can register for some or all of the workshops on the Gradescope website.

Gradescope for Online & Hybrid Teaching: Online Assignments & Student Uploaded Work

This workshop focuses on using Gradescope with handwritten exams and quizzes and fully online assignments. Specifically, the workshop shows you how to set up assignments, grade consistently with a rubric, provide targeted feedback, and return work electronically.

  • Tuesday, August 2, 1-2 p.m. CST
  • Monday, August 15, 12-1 p.m. CST

Gradescope for In-Person Teaching: Templated & Bubble Sheet Assignments

This workshop focuses on using Gradescope with handwritten exams and quizzes and multiple-choice assignments. Specifically, the workshop shows you how to set up assignments, grade consistently with a rubric, provide targeted feedback, and return work electronically.

  • Wednesday, August 3, 12-1 p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, August 16, 1-2 p.m. CST

Gradescope for Computer Science: Programming and Student-Uploaded Work

This workshop focuses on using Gradescope in Computer Science classes with coding assignments and handwritten student work. Specifically, the workshop shows you how to set up a language-agnostic assignment that can include a custom autograder, check for code similarity, and allows you to provide student feedback.

  • Monday, August 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST

Gradescope for Existing Users: Advanced Gradescope Features

This workshop targets instructors and TAs who are existing Gradescope users and who have attended an introductory workshop. New features and lesser-known tips will be introduced and time will be left to ask questions.

  • Tuesday, August 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST

Gradescope in Canvas

This workshop will show you how to take advantage of using Gradescope in Canvas, Iowa State’s Learning Management System (LMS). The focus includes how to sync your roster, course, assignments, and grades.

  • Wednesday, August 10, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Gradescope for Multiple Choice: Bubble Sheets

This workshop focuses on using Gradescope to transform multiple-choice assessments with Gradescope Bubble Sheets. The workshop focuses on how to indicate the correct responses for each question ahead of time, which allows Gradescope to automatically grade all student submissions as they are uploaded.

  • Wednesday, August 17, 1-1:30 p.m.


Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor Webinars

To register for current Respondus higher education webinars, visit the Webinars- Respondus page.

This comprehensive training webinar is for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session provides a detailed demonstration of both applications, including enhancements that make Respondus Monitor even more effective and easy to use. Register thru the Respondus website.

Training Opportunities: Box and TurnItIn

There are two upcoming vendor-led training sessions to be aware of for those interested. One will focus on a live demonstration of the new features coming to Box and the second will be a training session on TurnItIn Originality. Details, including registration information, can be found below.

Cybox logoLive Demo: Tips and Tricks on New Box Features 

Thursday, Aug. 12; 1:00 p.m. CST

Join Box expert Milo Parsons as he provides updates on the latest Box features, including annotations and integrations with Microsoft Teams. This will feature focuses on working from various platforms, collaboration, and customizable file requests.

TurnItIn logoTurnItIn Originality Training

Thursday, Sept. 16; 1:00 p.m. CST

This session will be hosted by Chris Vescovi, a Turnitin Solutions Consultant who has been working in Educational Technology for seven years and has trained ISU faculty previously. Chris will introduce you to the new Turnitin Originality product and integration to be available in your Canvas courses after Aug 16. This version of Turnitin has replaced the older Feedback Studio product. Chris will highlight the differences and benefits of the new tool, demonstrate how to enable it for new and existing assignments, as well as dig into any advanced Turnitin features and best practices you may be wondering about. 

Stay up-to-date on other LTI-related updates by subscribing for updates at the bottom of our Instructional Tools News and Updates page. The latest updates can be found below.

Webex Demos and Webinars

Webex Daily Demos on Webex Meetings, Webex Assistant and More!

Locate and register for demos via the Webex Demo site.

The world of work is changing, and Webex is here to make collaboration simple, secure, and innovative…all within one application! Join us as we explore the key functions of Webex as you discover the benefits of improved collaboration. We will create collaborative spaces to message, share files, have meetings and more. Join us and see how Webex can make you 10x more productive and turn you into a rock star!

Webex Education Connector: Ramping up for Virtual Education

Locate and register for these and other live Webex Education Connector webinars.

Explore best practices and strategies for getting started with an online, face-to-face, live environment. The facilitator will share tips and tricks for student management and engagement during the class. The underlying technology discussed will be the Webex Education Connector for Learning Management Systems.

Webex: Using Breakouts in Webex Meetings

Locate and register for these and other live Webex Meeting webinars.

How would you like to break out your meeting participants into smaller groups allowing them to collaborate and share ideas over audio and video? Use breakout sessions for workshops, classrooms, or when you need a moment to talk privately with a few participants outside of the main meeting. Join this lively class and check out what you can do in breakout sessions as a meeting host, co-host, or attendee.

Top Hat Training – Two Day Event

Join us for a variety of demonstrations, keynote speakers, and hands-on workshops to become certified (Levels 1 and 2) in Top Hat. 

Sessions will include the Foundations of Active Learning, Digital Learning Experiences that Stick, a roundtable discussion on using Top Hat in large enrollment courses, and more. The full listing of sessions is as follows:

  • Workshop, Level 1 Certification, Apr. 20 (9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
  • Keynote, How I Taught This, Apr. 20 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
  • Workshop, New Users Demonstrations, Apr. 20 (2-4:30 p.m.)
  • Workshop, Level 2 Certification, Apr. 21 (9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
  • Workshop, Roundtable Discussion with Faculty and Top Hat Trainers, Apr. 21 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Workshop, New User Demonstrations, Apr. 21 (3-4:30 p.m.,)

All instructors are welcome and encouraged to attend. The sessions are applicable to both those who are new to Top Hat and who are already using Top Hat in their classroom.

On the Top Hat website, you can read more about the sessions and learn about which session(s) may be most applicable to you.

If you plan to attend any of the sessions, please fill out the registration form before April 19. The location of the sessions will be announced closer to the training date.

Email if you have any questions or concerns.

Online Exam Integrity: LockDown Browser Instructor Training

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Join us virtually from 1-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1 for vendor-led training concentrated on LockDown Browser.

The agenda for the 30-minute training includes the following:

  • How to use LockDown Browser with Canvas Quizzes to prevent digital cheating in proctored testing environments
  • Instructor settings, including how to use external tools in quizzes without compromising exam integrity
  • The student perspective of taking an exam in LockDown Browser, including installation and troubleshooting
  • Best practices, resources, and tips for success with both applications
  • A chance to ask questions

If you plan to attend this webinar training, please fill out the registration form prior to the February 1 training. All who attend will receive a recording of the 30-minute session.

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: