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Grammarly is a digital writing tool that provides grammar and spell checking,  plagiarism detection services, and suggestions about writing clarity, concision, vocabulary, style, and tone.

Grammarly helps students find and correct low-level errors in their written work and avoid inadvertent plagiarism. Requiring students to check their work in Grammarly before turning it in allows instructors to focus more on higher-level issues such as critical thinking, creativity, and demonstration of learning. 

Although Grammarly does not currently integrate with Canvas, it does have a report feature that can support course integration. 


  • State-of-the-art error correction via natural language processing and machine learning techniques
  • Integrates across platforms, applications, and devices
  • Particularly effective at correcting errors of ESL writers
  • The report function allows students to demonstrate that they’ve checked their work

Getting Started

To get the most out of Grammarly, make sure it’s installed in all the places you do your writing. Visit the apps page at

Online Documentation


  1. Go to
  2. Provide your name, Iowa State email address, and a unique, memorable password (Single sign-on through Okta will be coming later).
  3. Check your inbox for the email and click on the activation link.

If you already have a free Grammarly account associated with your ISU email address …

  1. Log out of your individual account using this link:
  2. Go to and log in to your account again.
  3. Check your email (inbox and spam folder) for a confirmation email and click the link it contains. You will be directed to the right page for the next step.


You’re all caught up on Grammarly news.

Canvas Media icon replaced with Studio

On December 22, 2020, the Canvas Media button in the Rich Content Editor will be removed to encourage the use of Studio for media needs. This change does not affect media previously created, uploaded, and/or

Canvas Release (December 2020)

In the December 19, 2020 Canvas Release, 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.

Storage limits are coming to CyBox (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