Certainly. When you activate with Boost, one of the first steps is filling out our Activation Form. The first question on this form asks you to review and accept our Terms & Conditions. These Terms & Conditions exist to protect your institution, your students, their data, your data and Boost. These T&Cs serve as our MSA, EULA, contract etc. If you’re ready to get Boost on your campus, please feel free to go ahead and fill out our Activation Form and someone will reach out within 48 hours.
Of course! Boost was developed out of research at Indiana University and thus was developed using the highest standards of security. During its development Boost had a HECVAT completed and this can be sent over upon request.
Boost stores read-only data for the following Canvas fields: Announcements, Assignments, Calendar Events, Courses, Enrollments, Planner, Quizzes, Submissions and Users. Our push-notifications are then sent to students based on smart-parameters based off of this stored data. The vast majority of the data we store is de-identified and stored simply as Canvas ID. The only Personally Identifiable Information (PII) we store is student name and this information is just for display within the app to that specific student.
Boost uses AWS for all cloud-based data storage. No data is stored onsite. AWS is FERPA compliant. The controls we have in place concerning access and security are more than sufficient to protect student data.
Wherever possible, Boost looks to work following the “least privilege” paradigm. That is to say, if Boost can get by without a set of data, then we won’t ask for it. And if we can get by with “read” permissions vs. “write” permissions, then that’s the request we’ll make.
In the Canvas ecosystem, no notifications currently exist to notify students when assignments are coming due. In our research, we’ve seen that these timely nudges are highly effective at encouraging students to submit their assignments and thus earn higher grades. Through extensive testing and research, we’ve optimized these notifications to be as effective as possible. Additionally, these notifications free up teachers & faculty from having to use the “message students who” feature in Canvas. This allows the teachers to get back to doing what they do best… teaching. Additionally, there’s a support email address in the app that students and faculty can reach out to for 24/7 support with any issue.
Of course! You can view that documentation right here. Additionally, when you activate with Boost, we’ll send over messaging materials and tutorials that help introduce Boost and show faculty and students how to use it.
You bet! Our CEO & Co-Founder, Josh Owens, walks you through some of the key features of Boost in action in this succinct 3 minute video.