Instructional Tools News and Updates

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

Top Hat: Lifetime access to textbook copies

Students are now provided with lifetime access to a read-only copy of any textbook they purchase through Top Hat. With this feature, students have continued access to the textbooks they

Webex: Customized Views, Improved Stage Options, Mobile Enhancements

The Webex 41.4 update includes the following enhancements to Webex Meetings: Zoom In and Zoom Out in Grid View, Customize the Stage View, Simplified Layout Options, Sync my Stage for Everyone, Customized Layouts Attendee Support, and iPhone Breakout Room Host Support.

Canvas Release: Course availability date enhancements (April 17, 2021)

The April 17, 2021 Canvas Release includes updates to Course Availability Date Enhancements. Instructors can now choose to use term or course start and end dates via a dropdown in the course settings. Term dates specified by the institution are now visible in this same location.

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 undergraduate classes are required to

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 can effortlessly run a report

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. Selecting the anonymous grading option