CyBox: Storage Limits are Coming (Inside Iowa State)

Iowa State’s new three-year contract with Box — a Cloud data storage service branded internally as CyBox — ends the era of unlimited storage for the academic community. In fact, Iowa State needs to reduce its current data storage in CyBox by about one-third before July 1, 2021, to avoid paying overage costs.

Read the Storage limits are coming to CyBox story in Inside Iowa State (December 3, 2020).

See the CyBox Instructional Tool page.

Canvas: Media organization, Student View Button

Implementation Date: December 19, 2020

In this Canvas Release, the changes below become part of the main Canvas environment.

  • Uploaded Media File Placement: Newly recorded media and uploaded media via the Upload/Record Media link is stored in the Course, Groups, or User Files folder, respectively. This makes it easier to reuse newly recorded media.
  • Individual Page Student View: The Student View button displays as an icon in the top-right corner of supported individual Canvas pages.

TurnItIn: Draft Coach Now Available for Students

TurnItIn Draft Coach supports students in delivering high-quality academic writing, using text similarity checking to highlight the importance of research and correctly citing sources. Students can effortlessly run a report to check their Google Docs for similarity against the TurnItIn database. Any matches are individually highlighted and can be reviewed in the easy to navigate side panel.

See the TurnItIn: Draft Coach learning tool guide to get started.

Canvas: Anonymous Grading Now Enabled

You can now allow anonymous grading and anonymous annotation of student submissions in Canvas assignments. Both options can be enabled from within the assignments’ Details tab.

Enable Anonymous Grading and Instructor Annotations in Canvas

Selecting the anonymous grading option hides student names from the graders when assignment submissions are accessed via Speedgrader. Opting for anonymous instructor annotations removes the names of the graders from all annotations made in DocViewer when marking student submissions via Speedgrader.

Anonymous grading and anonymous annotations in Speedgrader.

Grammarly: Improvements on Mobile Devices

The Grammarly app has been available on both Android and iOS as a native keyboard for quite some time. Below are five reasons you should consider using Grammarly on your phone:

  1. Fewer typos, errors, and mistakes
  2. Searchable emojis
  3. A bigger vocabulary
  4. Works where you work
  5. Personalization settings

Still not convinced? Here are some added features to make writing on your phone even easier:

  1. Dark theme
  2. Speech to text
  3. Suggestions for style improvements and vocabulary enhancements

Download Grammarly for Android or iOS.

Synchronous meetings with Microsoft Teams

In these uncertain times, connection matters. Distance does not have to equal lack of communication and should not mean students lose access to education. Using MS Teams means that classes and organizations can chat, meet, call, and collaborate all in one place, no matter where people are located — in groups of 10,000 people or less.

Features include instant messaging, group spaces, voice and video calling with live captioning and recording, meeting scheduling, and integration with other Microsoft products.