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OHIO IT previews spring technology updates

Published: January 8, 2021 Author: Staff reports

Several teaching and learning tools and services received upgrades for spring semester. Instructors seeking assistance with these or other technology tools may contact the IT Service Desk or schedule a consultation for help. 


Digital Toolboxes

Several new Digital Toolboxes have been developed that can help instructors determine which technology tools will best suit their needs for spring semester courses.

New additions include:

Browse all Digital Toolboxes.


OHIO Testing Services

Based on OHIO’s spring semester strategy, OHIO Testing Services plans to resume operations Jan. 19 in Bromley Hall. The service will operate with capacity modifications and safety protocols to comply with the Presidential Health Directives and OHIO’s interim policy 44.102. Automated proctoring provided by OHIO’s online proctoring software, Proctortrack, will continue to be available for students during spring semester at no fee, to support those who cannot return on campus at this time. Additional details are available here.



Panopto, OHIO’s preferred lecture recording tool, added upgrades to improve video editing and organization. Instructors can now delete a video stream inside of the Panopto editor instead of using external editing software. Additionally, a new SmartChapters feature autogenerates tables of contents for any video, and instructors can add tags to videos for improved search and organization of content.



Turnitin, OHIO's plagiarism detection platform, no longer allows instructors to create
“revision assignments.” Existing revision assignments will still be accessible, and instructors who want students to submit multiple drafts of the same assignment can follow these guidelines.


Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams added breakout rooms for small group discussions and a Kahoot integration that allows instructors to create interactive learning games. Instructors may also request the creation of a Team for any course, which will automatically add all enrolled students. A list of additional new features are available on Microsoft’s website.


Learning Spaces

Learning spaces are equipped for multiple modes of teaching and learning for spring. You can review the technology in your assigned classroom, and if needed, reserve additional meeting spaces with video capability in Baker Center. OHIO classrooms and other learning spaces are still arranged to facilitate social distancing, and many buildings have limited or restricted access. Be sure to complete the online training and OHIO Pledge prior to returning to campus to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  


Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect has a new interface with more functionality for hosts and presenters. Recorded meetings will retain interactive features after the event has ended, allowing users to click on links, download files, and copy text from notes, chat, or Q&A. The upgrades also enhance accessibility with options to add subtitles and additional audio. This video preview provides an overview of the new look and additional features.


Opportunities for feedback

Faculty, staff and students are invited to provide feedback on these and other tools through OHIO IT’s Advisory Communities

For additional help, schedule a consultation, view training options or contact the IT Service Desk for immediate assistance.