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UTmail is a Google Account

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An UTmail account (name@utexas.edu) is an UT-sanctioned gmail account.

Available to: Students, Faculty, and Staff
  •  Current/future/former students and alumni can have an account for life
  • Current faculty and staff can have an account while they are employed at UT, beyond that these accounts automatically convert to personal accounts upon retirement, unless a personal account already exists
  • Email account on the @utexas.edu domain.
  • Twice the storage of normal Gmail accounts (30+ GB), with none of the ads.
  • Choose your own account name.
  • Easy-to-use browser interface.
  • Convenient syncing with mobile devices via app or browser.
  • Information Security Office (ISO) approved Google Drive Integration with Canvas using your UTmail account.
  • Google Drive & Team Drive

It is strongly recommended that every student designate their UTmail account as their primary email account in UT Direct and that all faculty and staff use their UTmail account or other UT email account as their primary email account for all UT related business. 

Request a UTmail account here
Update your personal information in UT Direct

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Canvas: Peer Review


Canvas has a built-in Peer Review Feature that works well. Here’s a tutorial on how to create a Peer Review Assignment in Canvas, but you can find more resources about Peer Review in Instructure’s Guides.

Iceberg graphicTech Tip: When setting up a Peer Review Assignment, some instructors use the Due Date (1) for the assignment will apply to students turning in their work. There is no function to assign a due date for students to review each other’s work. However, you can use the assignment availability (2) as the deadline for reviews. The assignment availability will make the assignment unavailable for all students. [See screenshot below.]

Peer Review


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iClicker Resource Center

Classroom Response Systems, also know as “audience response system”, have been used on UT Austin campus for almost 2o years. As of 2017, iClicker is the only system with a physical clicker. All of the other systems you may have heard of are web-based and can be accessed on mobile devices. 

The iClicker system is free for instructors. New iClicker remotes for students run about $50 from the COOP but students can purchase used remotes for as little as $10. 

Advantages to using iClicker over web-based products:

  1. They run on radio frequency so robust WIFI, or lack thereof, does not matter.
  2. No reoccurring subscription. Once students purchase a remote, it’ll work for as many courses and years as they need it.
  3. Students cannot easily capture instructor’s content such as quiz questions, reading comprehension questions, or other course materials. 

ResourcesTo learn how to get started with iClicker, download iClicker software, or view tutorials on how to set up your iClicker system, visit our iClicker Resource Center. 

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Cerego: Interactive, Self-Paced Assessments

Cerego is a free, self-paced study aid for students that allows instructors to share existing course materials with their students or create their own. 

ResourcesTo get started with Cerego, visit their website.

Check out Cerego’s channel on YouTube. (You’ll notice if you turn on closed captions their name is changed to “Sarah go.” This is why you should use the UT Libraries for your transcription services.)

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