OAT Update for 7/1/22

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Turnitin Improvements Now Available in Canvas

An additional method for using Turnitin with Canvas is now available.  Called "Plagiarism Framework," the new method is not a replacement for the existing External Tool work flow (both options exist side by side), but it is a more direct interface between Canvas and Turnitin for those instructors who wish to use it.  The following comparison provides an overview of the main differences between the two options:

Using the Plagiarism Framework Using the External Tool
Plagiarism checking can be enabled for text entry Assignment submissions, in addition to uploaded files Plagiarism checking in assignments can be enabled for only uploaded files
All settings can be configured right on the Assignment's edit page Requires additional configuration via External Tool interface
Submissions are read and evaluated using standard Canvas SpeedGrader Submissions can be read in SpeedGrader or in Turnitin's full Feedback Studio
Peer review uses standard Canvas peer review feature Peer review possible via Turnitin's Peermark feature
Annotations cannot be reused on other papers; comment library is only for overall comments Annotations can be stored and reused in Turnitin comment library
At-a-glance view of submission originality scores available in main Canvas grade book At-a-glance view of submission originality scores available in Assignment Inbox, as part of the Canvas assignment.
Use standard Canvas rubrics for assignment grading in SpeedGrader Rubrics only available in SpeedGrader via non-standard multi-step setup process
Easily roll over assignments to the next semester without additional instructor action required Rolling over assignments to next semester requires instructor to open the Assignment Inbox to activate it in the new course. Students will encounter an error trying to submit if this isn't done

Usage instructions for Turnitin.

Apply to become an Accessibility Champion

The Office of Academic Technology (OAT) is excited to announce an opportunity to serve as an Accessibility Champion for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year. We especially invite faculty who are passionate about implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles in their courses and who are eager to spread the word about the benefits of universally-designed instructional materials to apply!

OAT would also like to thank our inaugural Accessibility Champions cohort for their incredible hard work and their many accomplishments, including:

  • Leading numerous faculty workshops
  • Conducting department outreach
  • Providing feedback for the development of accessibility resources for faculty
  • Piloting a new Canvas accessibility tool – Ally – which later was implemented in all Stan State Canvas courses. In Spring 2022, 2,386 students used the Ally tool to download 8,638 files in alternative formats, thereby enabling innovative new ways of interacting with their course content.

Accessibility Champions - Inaugural cohort:

  • Betsy Eudey, Gender Studies
  • Brittany Desnoyer, Teacher Education
  • Cassandra Drake, Liberal Studies
  • Kanwaljit Dulai, Biological Sciences
  • Karen Webster, Teacher Education
  • Karen Zandarski, English

Measure Learning Outcomes in Canvas 

Departments now have a powerful way to create and assess learning outcomes/objectives in Canvas. Thanks to a reorganization of the way classes are laid out within Canvas, departments can easily create centralized learning outcomes that can be attached to specific assignments within any of their courses. Once assessed by an instructor, that data is available as part of a departmental report that an assessment coordinator or similar individual can retrieve. Bonus: outcomes can usually be assessed in past courses, retroactively! 

Contact Glenn Pillsbury in OAT to learn more. 

Instructors! You can also use Outcomes to assess students according to the formal learning outcomes that you’ve developed for your course. Results of those assessments can be viewed using the “Learning Mastery Gradebook” feature of Canvas. 


Padlet @ Stan State  

Collaborate and Brainstorm with Padlet

 What is Padlet?  

Padlet is a digital storyboard application used for curating media and collaborative learning. Students and faculty can use Padlet to collaborate, reflect, and share information onto a board (“Padlet”) by posting text messages, images, links, audio files, videos or documents.  

Getting Started with Padlet  

Go to https://csustan.padlet.org. Select “Log in with Microsoft” from the dropdown menu. Login using your Stan State credentials. When you login for the first time, your new Padlet account will be created.  

Have existing Padlets in a free account? Follow the instructions on the What happens if I have multiple accounts? web page to import them into your new University padlet account. 

For more information, review the OAT Padlet webpage.

Accessibile PDFs

Supercharge accessibility scores for your Canvas courses! 

Now that the Spring semester is winding down, now is the perfect time to have our Document Remediation team make your PDF files accessible! 

  • Were your PDFs created by scanning printed pages? 
  • Is the image quality of your PDFs less than ideal? (e.g., skewed pages, handwritten notes) 
  • Is the PDF your only copy of the content? 

If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, the PDFs are a perfect fit to submit to our Document Remediation team! 

  • Submit a document remediation work order: Select Accessibility Work Request in the Request Type drop-down menu, and Make my document accessible for me in the Service Type section


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