Instructional Tools News and Updates

A listing of all news and updates pertaining to ISU’s instructional tools.

Submit midterm grades for Spring 2021

Spring 2021 midterms are due Mar. 19 by 2:15 p.m. Review the key concepts for grading in Canvas, then Submit Grades using ISU AdminTools. Only

Canvas Release: LaTeX, HTML Editor

LaTeX becomes more widely available and HTML code can be formatted and colorized for easier manipulation. Effective February 20, 2021.

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

Grammarly: Improvements on Mobile Devices

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, and (5) personalization settings.

Webex: Modifications to Recordings for Virtual Meetings

Recordings for Webex meetings scheduled within Canvas will now appear in the Recordings section of Virtual Meetings. This change includes cloud recordings of any meeting launched from within Canvas or externally through the Webex web portal, the desktop app, or on a mobile device.

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.

Canvas: Media organization, Student View Button

Newly recorded media is stored in the Files system and the Student View button displays as an icon in the top-right corner of supported individual Canvas pages. Effective December 19, 2020.

Canvas: Grade Change Activity Log

Grade Change Activity log supports multi-parameter search fields to allow for more granular search functionality. Effective November 21, 2020.

Canvas: Update on New Quizzes Implementation

The ISU Learning Technology Change Advisory Board continues to monitor the progress and development of the Canvas New Quizzes tool. Effective October 19, 2020. Updated January 8, 2021.

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