Tech Tip: Asking for Help in Zoom Breakout Rooms

Did you know you can ask for help from your instructor in Zoom breakout rooms? At the bottom of the Zoom screen, you can click “Ask for Help” in the meeting controls. Another button will appear that says “Invite Host.” Clicking this button sends a notification to the instructor that your breakout room has requested help.

For more Zoom tips and tricks, visit the Zoom Help Desk Wiki page.

Tech Tip of the Week: Extending a Due Date for a Particular Student in Canvas

Extending a due date for a particular student in Canvas

Did you know you can extend a due date for an assignment for a particular student within your Canvas course? To extend an assignment due date for a student, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the assignment you would like to extend for the student.
  2. Click Edit. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see the Assign section.
  3. Click +Add.+Add
  4. In the new area that appears, type in the student’s name you wish to extend the assignment for in the Assign to box. Put in the desired due date. Enter when the assignment will be available if you wish to limit their availability to access the assignment. Assign to
  5. Click Save at the bottom of the page. Now when you look at the assignment, it should show the separate due dates for the class and the particular student. Assignment view

You can also view these same instructions on the iSchool wiki page here.

Tech Tip of the Week: Bulk Downloading Student Assignment Submissions

Bulk Downloading Student Student Assignment Submissions

Did you know you can bulk download student submissions for assignments? As an instructor, Canvas allows you download all student submissions for an assignment as a single ZIP file.

You can use bulk downloads for multiple submission types, including file uploads, text entries, website URLs, and Google Docs submissions.

Canvas has a whole page dedicated to walking you through bulk downloading assignment submissions here, and if you have any questions, please reach out to the Help Desk!


Tech Tip of the Week: Safe Senders in Outlook

Have you ever missed an email because it was sent to your junk mail folder? You can avoid this issue by ensuring your contacts are listed as Safe Senders in Outlook.  Adding contacts to your Safe Senders list depends on the version of Office you have on your device. Microsoft has detailed instructions on how to add contacts depending on the version of Office you use. The Help Desk can help you with any questions you have about utilizing Safe Senders.

Tech Tip of the Week: Giving Feedback on the Canvas User Interface

Giving Feedback on the Canvas User Interface

Canvas isn’t always the easiest to navigate, and there may be times where you would like to address certain bugs in Canvas’s interface. The Help Desk can find workarounds where possible, and we are always happy to help answer Canvas questions you may have! While the Help Desk cannot change certain aspects of Canvas, you can still improve Canvas by providing feedback directly to Instructure and adding to already existing conversations within Instructure. Directions and details on how to provide feedback for Canvas via Instructure can be found here.

As always, the Help Desk is here for you, and Canvas related questions are always welcome!

Tech Tip of the Week: Slido

Slido is a tool that makes it easy to create interactive polls for Zoom meetings or other events. From multiple choice to word clouds (like the one the Help Desk created below), participants can see results change instantly. Polls can be embedded in PowerPoint slides via a personalized QR code or a link can be shared with participants. To learn more about creating interactive polls and to start your free account, visit or watch this video for more details on using Slido.


Tech Tip of the Week: Managing Course Navigation Links in Canvas

Managing Course Navigation Links

Did you know you can tailor your course navigation so students can only see and access certain navigation links?

Canvas has great documentation on how to hide, enable, and reorder different course navigation links like announcements, modules, pages, people, grades, and more. Instructions for managing course navigation links can be found on Canvas’s community site here.

Please reach out to the Help Desk if you have any questions!

Tech Tip of the Week: StoryBlocks

Have you ever spent hours scouring the web for the perfect stock photo for a presentation? Good news! If you are a faculty or staff member, you now have access to Storyblocks, a repository of over 1 million high-quality images, videos, and audio files. To use this new service, go to the StoryBlocks website and then click “log-in”. Once you are on the login page, enter your Illinois email and press “enter.” The website will recognize you as a single-sign-on user and will prompt you to finish logging in through two-factor authentication. From there you can search easily for the content you need to finish your presentation!

Tech Tip of the Week: Canvas Gradebook Icons

This week’s Tech Tip is for students. Ever see an icon in your grades, and you’re not sure what it means? Our Canvas Gradebook Icons MediaSpace video will discuss icons that indicate when an assignment is graded or ungraded or when there are extra details about your grade.

You can also click through the slides used for this video.

If you want more information about Canvas grading icons, please visit Canvas’ complete grading icon guide.

Tech Tip of the Week: Group Work in Canvas

Canvas Tech Tip Series Group Work in Canvas

Making groups within your course in Canvas is a great way to facilitate group projects, collaboration, and participation. Please watch our video tutorial to learn how to make and edit groups in Canvas, what the student view of groups looks like, and more!

You can view our Group Work in Canvas walk-through video here.

Some important things to note about groups in Canvas:

  • As an instructor, make sure to add your course number to each group name for ease of access for students.
  • Students can be still be graded individually for assignments set in groups. (Reach out if you have any questions about your gradebook in Canvas!)
  • Any group member can create an announcement when in their Canvas group, and members can subscribe to announcements, mark as announcements as read, etc.

Please reach out to the Help Desk if you have any questions!