Frequently Asked Questions
Below are general, frequently asked questions for faculty, staff and students. Additional answers to common Canvas questions can be found on the Canvas Guides website at http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152
- What is Canvas?
- How do I access Canvas?
- What training resources are available to Students?
- What training resources are available to Faculty/Staff?
- How do I get help with Canvas?
- What documentation is available?
- Where can I get training for Canvas?
- How do I find my Canvas classes?
- Does Canvas support the Community feature?
- How do I transfer my courses from Blackboard to Canvas?
- What browsers are compatible with Canvas?
- Does Canvas work on mobile phones and ipads?
- How does Canvas work with NJVid?
Canvas is the University's new Learning Management System (LMS). Below are a few preview videos made available by Canvas Instructure.
- Change is Good
- Preview of Instructure Canvas - Part 1
- Preview of Instructure Canvas - Part 2
- Introduction to Canvas
You will need your NetID and password to access courses on Canvas. You may access Canvas by visiting https://montclair.instructure.com/
We now have Canvas, self-paced training resources for students. Click on the available links below.
- MSU Student Canvas Orientation Course
- Canvas Guides for Students
- MSU Canvas Orientation for Students (pre-recorded)
- Canvas Guides for Students
- Canvas Student Video Guides
In order to assist Faculty/Staff with this LMS transition, Canvas training classes have been created and are being offered in multiple sections (started Fall13). In addition, we now offer Canvas evening training classes and Private group training for individual departments/programs.
Take a look at the following Canvas training classes.Click to see more information and to register for training. Please register here.
- Introduction to Canvas (Now offering evening and online classes) –2hrs
- Facilitating Interaction In Canvas (Now offering evening and online classes) –2hrs
- Designing Assessments in Canvas (Now offering evening and online classes) –2hrs
- Understanding the Gradebook (Weight Grades) –Power session, 30 minutes
- Effectively Design Your Course in Canvas –2hrs
- Designing Interactive Rubrics in Canvas –Power session, 30 minutes
- Canvas: Preventing Online Cheating –2hrs
- Canvas: Web Conferencing Online –2hrs
- Creating an ePortfolio in Canvas –1hrs
- Conduct Office Hours in Canvas –(Now offering evening and online classes) Power session, 30 minutes
- Creating Conferences –Power session, 30 minutes
- Administering Online Quizzes –Power session, 30 minutes
- Creating Assignments –Power session, 30 minutes
- Creating Discussions –Power session, 30 minutes
- Creating Groups –Power session, 30 minutes
- Peer Review –Power session, 30 minutes
- Working with Modules –Power session, 30 minutes
- Building Communities in Canvas –2hrs
Below are Canvas Self-paced Training Resources
- MSU Faculty Canvas Orientation Course
- MSU Canvas Overview (Pre-recorded)
- MSU Canvas Course Transfer Guides
- MSU Canvas Course Template
- MSU MyMedia (NJVid) and Canvas
- MSU Canvas vs Blackboard - Comparison tools
- Canvas Collaboration Tools Handout
- Courses: Unhiding Assignments in the Navigation Menu
- Courses: Reviewing Student Submissions
- Conferences in Canvas
- Request a copy of the MSU Canvas course template here
- Guides by Canvas:
Once logged into the Canvas LMS, click the "help" link on the top right, to access support and documentation:
- Search the Canvas Guides
- Report a Problem
- Open a Help Desk ticket
- Chat with Canvas Support
- Access the Canvas Support line
- Ask the Canvas Community
Canvas has a host of guides and tutorials available. Please visit the User Guides and Support section.
We are now offering Canvas training! Please visit the Canvas Training section to register for a class.
You may access your courses at the MSU Canvas website by visiting https://montclair.instructure.com/ and logging in using your NetID and password.
Faculty: All your assigned courses will be listed in Canvas once you log in.
Students: All courses you are registered for will be accessible to you once the courses are published by your instructor.
Yes! Sign up for a Canvas training class to find out more on how to work with communities in Canvas. Please visit the Canvas Training section to register for a class.
Blackboard and Canvas are two entirely different Learning Management Systems. It is recommended that you create your course from scratch. However, your Blackboard course files, assignments and quizzes/tests can be transfered to Canvas by using the following steps:
- Archive your Blackboard course/s and download it to your computer's local drive
- Go to your Canvas course and do the following:
- Click "Settings" then "import course content into this course"
- In the "Content Type", choose "Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export.zip file"
- Next, upload your archived Blackboard course
- Select "Select migration content" under OPTIONS
- You may then select only the course files, assignments and quizzes/tests
Please sign up for a Canvas training class so that we may assist you appropriately.
Visit the Canvas Training section to register for a class.
Canvas Instructure maintains a list of supported browsers available at: http://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/4214/l/41056-which-browsers-does-canvas-support.
You may access your Canvas courses via the Canvas App. or web browser on your device. Canvas Instructure provides up to date information on how to access and use the Canvas App on mobile phones, iPads and other devices.
Please visit the following links to find out more about your device:
We now have documentation available to you to successfully share your audio/video files in NJVid with students in your Canvas courses. Download a copy here: MSU MyMedia (NJVid) and Canvas