New Instructor Info

Instructors who are either new to teaching or just new to Montclair are encouraged to attend Teaching at Montclair 101, a frequently offered workshop designed to provide essential information and useful tips to make the transition to Montclair manageable and successful. If you cannot attend, you can view a recording (netID required) of the presentation and review this website as a start.

Navigating Montclair State University

Preparing to Teach

Try a step-by-step guide to developing a clear and directive syllabus following the Montclair Syllabus Template. The template mirrors the empty but formatted syllabus you will find in your Canvas course.

Use of Canvas is required: this includes a comprehensive syllabus, providing a schedule, information on course content, regular use of the Announcement function, and full use of Assignments and Gradebooks.  See Canvas Universal Guidelines for more information.

Check out Reserves information from the University Library for electronic resources and ways to make print and other materials available on reserves.

Get comfortable (enough) with Canvas: through the self-paced faculty orientation to Canvas or by consultation with an instructional technology specialist.

Consider a pre-semester survey that provides students with essential course and modality information and gives you some basic understanding of who your students are. A model survey is also on Canvas Commons (links require Canvas log-in).

  • Canvas Page Add-Ins to Course.[Confused by Canvas Commons? See this short video].
    • Montclair Zoom Etiquette  — Let’s raise the expectations together, across the University ( See also these funny student-produced videos that you can show in your classes that underscore the point.
    • Nuts and Bolts of Research — Catherine Baird, Sprague Library.  Through videos and slideshows, this module introduces students to the basics of finding library materials, searching, and reading citations. Log into Canvas, choose Commons on the far left-nav, and search for “Nuts and Bolts of Research” for a module you can import into your Canvas course.
    • How to Read Journal Articles/Scientific Papers — Catherine Baird, Sprague Library.  A short module that includes a video, reading, and discussion. Log into Canvas, choose Commons on the far left-nav, and search for “Nuts and Bolts of Research” for a module you can import into your Canvas course.

Students in Need: Connecting to Campus Partners for the academic, social, psychological, and practical resources and referrals instructors need to know.

Teaching FAQs, revised every semester, these are the questions we anticipate you have yet to receive answers on.

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