Training from ISU Learning Tech Partners

Training from ISU learning tech partners

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Discover features for a number of the ISU Instructional Tools via the training opportunities listed below. For pedagogical ideas, visit the Instructional Strategies page or email

Alexander Street Trainings

Visit the on-demand webinar page for a full list of Alexander Street’s webinars or choose from one of these pre-recorded how-to videos:

  • Using the New Video Player
  • Creating Clips with the New Video Player
  • Using the New Audio Player
  • Create a Custom Playlist
  • Tips on How to Search

Echo360 Webinars

View these Echo360 professional development webinars via the Webinars – Echo 360 page (60 minutes each):

  • The Choice of Teaching Modality After Covid-19
  • Getting Back to Regular – Use of Echo360 for Online Teaching in the New Normal
  • How to Use Interactivity to Optimize Student Engagement

Immediate Access Training

Iowa State is now using eBooks accessed by the VitalSource Bookshelf Reader for immediate access content needs. Instructors have access to books and student engagement data in a tool called Instructor Dashboard.

On May 12, 2021, a virtual training was held for ISU faculty, covering the topics below.

  • Instructor Dashboard: Accessing instructor dashboard and engagement data
  • Bookshelf Reader: Navigation, features and study tools

Unable to attend the live training? Watch the recording of this session. You will need to enter the password k3vv!$0. in order to access the recording.

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. Registration is required and can be found through this link.


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. Register for this training session through this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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.

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Supporting Students’ Mental Health Needs

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the mental health needs of our students become more complex and intense. The challenges of the pandemic, combined with adjusting to new or different social and academic expectations, has impacted every aspect— mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social–of students’ wellbeing.

Since just the beginning of the fall semester, the caseload in student counseling and other campus support services has almost matched the level of a typical entire academic year. Students have identified struggling with the transition to in-person courses, navigating campus processes, and feeling pressure to perform academically and socially.

We are deeply concerned, as are you, about the volume and range of issues our students are facing. We all have a role to play in supporting students both in and out of the classroom as faculty and academic advisors, and as advocates and role models. Your empathy and compassion has never been more crucial for students as they complete coursework while balancing jobs, clubs and organizations, social networks, and family commitments.

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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.