Winter 2021 Newsletter

Duo required for Canvas access

Starting December 15, 2020 Duo authentication will be required to access Canvas from the web and Canvas mobile apps. This change will be consistent with the login experience for most other OSU IT services, and will improve security for the OSU community. Users who access Canvas with a personal account (e.g., PACE, Faculty Staff Fitness, Studio sites) will not be required to use Duo to log in. Questions about Duo? See the FAQ.

Workshops, Webinars and More


OSU’s Keep Teaching team, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Faculty Media Center, and Academic Technology are collaborating to offer several Keep Teaching workshops and webinars to help you prepare your Winter 2021 courses.


Join Media Services for bimonthly Zoom workshops focusing on best practices for hosting events/workshops. Short presentations on Zoom Topics will be followed by Q&A with the presenters. All workshop presentations will be recorded and available within a week for those unable to attend.


The Faculty Media Center (FMC) offers personalized, on-demand remote instructional media consulting support. Drop-in or book a consultation with FMC for help using media in remote and blended teaching, and to learn about the FMC media equipment loan service.


The Tech Keep Teaching Assistant (TechKTA) program is continuing for Winter 2021! Need a little help to make your remote teaching Zoom sessions run a little smoother? Read about how TechKTAs are helping faculty do what they do best: teach. Submit TechKTA requests early.


Academic Technology is providing 1:1 technology consults and orientations on classroom technology for instructors teaching remote and blended courses from Corvallis campus classrooms and labs. Request a Classroom Technology 1:1 training meeting.


Faculty – please share with your students: Student Multimedia Services (SMS) is hosting all-day media consultations during our Zoom open hours. Join our Media Pop-Ins during the weeks of Jan 25, Feb 15, and Mar 1 at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm for the following content expert breakdowns:

  • Mondays: Zoom Basics – what you need to know for video conferencing
  • Tuesdays: Face-to-Face Interviews – Best techniques for video Interviews
  • Wednesdays: Basic Design Elements – Take your research poster to the next level
  • Thursdays: How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck – The name says it all!
  • Fridays: Video Editing Decoded – A walkthrough of video editing techniques and frequently asked questions

Media Pop-In details are on the SMS website.

Canvas Updates

The Rich Content Editor (RCE) will be updated at the end of fall term. This change will significantly impact the look and feel of the RCE, but will have the same functionality as the old RCE plus some new features. Review some of the major changes to the RCE and Canvas documentation for the new RCE.

Faculty can now create groups through a CSV file upload in Canvas courses.

Canvas ePortfolios are being removed from Canvas at the end of fall term. Users are encouraged to use the free Folio (by Portfolium) tool available in Canvas instead. This change allows users to retain access to their portfolios after leaving the university.


Proctorio and People Powered Proctoring will both be available in winter term. More information, including frequently asked questions for students and faculty can be found on the OSU Proctoring Options website.

Top Hat Updates

Instructors can now configure their attendance settings in the Top Hat gradebook. When enabled, the hybrid attendance setting attaches a question to each attendance session in the course, asking students to specify whether they are attending class in person or remotely.

Gradescope Updates

Gradescope has an expanded video collection for help topics. Faculty can share links to the videos, such as how to view published grades and feedback, with students.

Gradescope is working on a new feature called Assignment Versioning, which will work for all instructor-uploaded assignments including bubble sheet assignments. Contact Gradescope to learn more or be part of their beta testing of the feature

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