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Top Five Things You Need To Know About TaskStream

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Dear Students using TaskStream,

PLEASE NOTE the following five things you need to know about TaskStream:

  1.  Make sure you have created your TaskStream account
  2.  Make sure you can log in to your TaskStream account
  3.  Make sure you can find your program in TaskStream
  4.  Make sure you can locate your instructor when you submit work in TaskStream
  5.  Become familiar with uploading documents, videos, or other artifacts into TaskStream

A diagram of the TaskStream process is listed in the following PDF file.

TaskStream Process Diagram (PDF)

More information can be found here

TaskStream Announcements Fall 2016

Welcome back to a new school year! If you will be using TaskStream, here are some announcements that you may find helpful:

If this is your first time using TaskStream as an evaluator, please read this list of suggestions:

 First-time TaskStream Evaluators

The complete list of self-enrollment codes can be found here:

TaskStream Self-Enrollment Codes

If you or your students need help compressing video files, we recommend using Handbrake. See this post for more information:

Compressing videos

If you have any questions related to TaskStream, please contact Betsy Kersey, the E-Portfolio Coordinator, at Happy computing!

– Education IT (

How to generate a quick and easy report with TaskStream

Faculty members,

If you need to see detailed information about an assignment, course, or program, TaskStream offers a simple way to generate a report about this information. You can either aggregate the data, or see the breakdown by student. You can choose to see all students, or only those associated with a particular evaluator. You can also specify the date range, although this will only be effective if evaluations were completed punctually.

Here is a PDF document showing how to complete these reports:

Generating a Report in TaskStream

And here is a video with the same information:

If you have any other questions about reporting with TaskStream, please contact

Betsy Kersey

TaskStream Coordinator

Compress and Trim Video With Handbrake

Dear TaskStream Users,

If you have recorded a video with a cell phone or camcorder that is too big to upload to TaskStream, please see the following document for instructions on using Handbrake to easily  trim and compress your video: (PDF)

To see a video of how this works, see below:


Direct link to the video:

If you have any questions or problems with your TaskStream video, please contact us at:

Thank you!

— Education IT (

MediaSpace videos not playing in IE

If you are trying to access videos on the Purdue MediaSpace streaming video server using Internet Explorer (IE) and the videos are not playing, please see the following PDF document that should help resolve the problem:

If the steps in the above PDF do not work, you may want to try using Firefox.  If the video does not play in Firefox, please be sure that the “Adobe Flash” plugin is enabled in Firefox (see screenshot on page two of the above PDF).

Thank you and happy computing!

— Education IT (

How to Back Up Data in Outlook 2013

Although ITaP’s Exchange server is configured to hold permanently deleted items in a dumpster for 30 days after being deleted, it is not possible to do an individual mailbox restore to a previous point in time.  So, even though items deleted within 30 days can be recovered, folder structures and original locations of deleted items cannot be restored.  The Education IT team recommends that users periodically make a complete backup of their Exchange data by exporting to an Outlook Data File (.PST).  The process for doing this on a Windows computer is outlined below.

How to back up data in Outlook 2013 (PDF)

–Education IT

Purdue Data Depot for Research Workgroup File Storage

Dear College of Education Researchers,

Are you looking for network file storage for your research workgroup? Now that the Purdue Data Depot has been created, Education IT is recommending that all research workgroups consider using the Purdue Data Depot which is designed specifically for research workgroups and research data. Here is the web site:

Purdue Data Depot

And here is a description from the web site:

“The Data Depot is a high-capacity, fast, reliable and secure data storage service designed, configured and operated for the needs of Purdue researchers in any field and shareable with both on-campus and off-campus collaborators.”

“All research groups at Purdue are eligible for a 100 GB Data Depot trial space free of charge.”

We believe the Purdue Data Depot will be a better solution than using traditional file storage systems that research groups have used in the past. You can initiate a request for the free 100 GB of research storage space by sending email to or by going to this web page:

Data Depot Purchase Page

The Research Computing Group can walk you through the process of setting up a shared storage space for your research workgroup. Then, the Education IT team can assist you in gaining access via your office workstation(s) or laptop(s) as needed. If you need more space than the free 100 GB, you can purchase additional increments of 1 TB for $150.00 per year.

Please feel free to contact the Research Computing Group directly. Or, if you prefer, the Education IT team would be happy to contact them on your behalf.

Thank you!

— Education IT

Purdue Rice Super Computer Build

Our very own Matt Lundmark represented the Education IT team at the Purdue Rice super computer build on May 8, 2015.

Here is the new story about the build:,-but-will-be-built-in-a-day.html

(See video trailer below)

Congratulations to the Purdue IT community on their eighth highly successful 1-day super computer build!

— The Education IT team

Need network storage? Sign up for Boiler Backpack!

If you’re looking for secure Purdue-provided network storage that you can use to store documents and share them with others, check out Boiler Backpack!  Purdue is providing users with 100 GB of cloud storage that can be accessed from anywhere, even mobile devices.  For more information, see:

You can also use Syncplicity to automatically sync your documents to the Boiler Backpack cloud:

If you need help, contact Education IT at

— Education IT


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