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Canvas (Faculty)

Canvas is the University’s Learning Management System. It is used by instructors to publish course materials, create assignments and quizzes, foster interaction, etc.

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FAQ
How do I log into Canvas?
You may log into Canvas with your MSU NetID and Password.
How do I access my courses?
Courses you register for on NEST are automatically populated to your Canvas dashboard. Courses are automatically added to your Canvas dashboard every 24 hours.

While IT makes all courses available 3 business days prior to the start of the semester, please note that instructors reserve the right to publish and unpublish courses on their own.

Are Canvas Guides available?
Yes. Both the Canvas Instructor Guide and Canvas Student Guide are available at guides.instructure.com.
Is there a Canvas Community?
Yes! You may access the Canvas Community at https://community.canvaslms.com. When logging in, select “montclair.instructure.com” if you are not logged in automatically.
Can I record and host my own videos on Canvas?
Videos produced by instructor can be uploaded to NJVID and easily shared with Canvas.
Is Canvas Support available on campus?
Yes! The IT Service Desk is available to assist with Canvas. Call (973) 655 – 7971, option 3 to be forwarded directly to a Canvas representative. Help is also available via email at itservicedesk@montclair.edu.
Can I receive Canvas training?
Yes! Canvas training is available both in both face-to-face and online formats. Consult the ITDS Course Registration website to view and register for workshops.
What version of Canvas are we on?
Canvas does not use version numbers. All Canvas customers are always on the current version of Canvas. Canvas receives vetted updates every three weeks. For in-depth release notes, visit the Canvas Release Notes page for more information.

Features and Services

Accessibility

According to Instructure, “ensuring an accessible and pleasant experience to all users, regardless of disability, is a key focus of Canvas. The Canvas platform was built using the most modern HTML and CSS technologies, and is committed to W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative and Section 508 guidelines.”

While the Canvas platform itself is accessible, it is important that the content that you create is also accessible. You may use the Canvas Accessibility Checker to review your own HTML content. For information on making your file uploads accessible, it is highly recommended that you review the Digital Accessibility Initiative website and Instructure’s General Accessibility Design Guidelines.

In addition, Ally for Canvas is embedded in all MSU Canvas courses and automatically checks for accessibility issues and generates alternative accessible formats. Ally also guides instructors on how to improve the accessibility of course content.

Canvas Commons

According to Instructure, “Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course.”

For more on Commons, refer to the Canvas Commons Guides.

Conferences

BigBlueButton is the web conferencing tool that is seamlessly integrated into each Canvas course. This conference tool makes it easy to conduct synchronous (real-time) online class meetings to all students enrolled in your course.  BigBlueButton can be also used to conduct web meetings outside of Canvas. If you are interested in having access to BigBlueButton outside of Canvas for academic or departmental purposes, please contact Terry Steckowich at steckowicht@montclair.edu.

Benefits of Canvas Conferences:

  • Connect with your students for online office hours or study sessions.
  • Connect with your colleagues for professional development webinars.
  • Practice presenting online. Students can set up practice presentations for their Groups.
  • Invite special guests to your classroom by adding them as a student or observer.
  • Broadcast a live event or lecture to the students that can’t be onsite.
  • Record your conferences so students can view them at a later date.
Canvas Conferencing Documentation for Faculty
EvaluationKit

EvaluationKit is Montclair State University’s course evaluation system. Due to its integration with Canvas, students will automatically be notified to complete evaluations when visiting course pages. Faculty members can review survey results in Canvas as well.

Follet Discover

Follet Discover allows faculty to peruse course materials, including textbook information, directly from Canvas. The Follet Discover integration for Canvas streamlines text adoption workflow by allowing faculty to find and select to submit to the bookstore for adoption. Follet Discover is accessible from Canvas’s global navigation and under each user’s personal settings page.

LockDown Browser

Respondus Lockdown Browser creates a restricted test-taking environment. The Respondus LockDown Browser does not allow other windows to be opened during the quiz and helps prevent cheating. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. This is particularly helpful for tests/exams in supervised classrooms or lab environments.

Additionally, LockDown Browser integrates with the Canvas Learning Management System. Faculty can create quizzes that can only be accessed using LockDown Browser. For more information about implementing, using, installing, and finding LockDown Browser, please consult the documentation below:

Faculty

Students

  • LockDown Browser is installed on the following lab computers:
    • University Hall 5007 desktops
    • University Hall 5008 laptops
    • Sprague Library loaner laptops
  • Download and install LockDown browser on your personal computer
NJVID Video Streaming

What is NJVID?

NJVID, known as the New Jersey Digital Video Repository, is a service for video streaming and publishing of videos for higher education institutions. NJVID provides a common online platform for presenting, accessing, and hosting Montclair State University’s licensed and locally produced videos that educate and enlighten viewers in support of hybrid and online teaching and learning.

MSU’s NJVID accommodates two types of video collections: Academic/Administrative Collections and Commercial Video Collections (the Sprague Library Collection).

How Do I Use NJVID?

NJVID can stream locally produced videos to publish and deliver on the web not only to enhance instructional outcomes, but also to enrich administrative presentations and other projects. NJVID can also authorize access to your videos based on the target audience you have determined. Information Technology provides thorough documentation to assist the Campus Community to use NJVID. Check out our documentation below to learn how to use NJVID:

To receive an NJVID account to upload and share videos, we recommend attending our TechSmith Relay with NJVID Workshop; or contact Patrick Scioscia at sciosciap@mail.montclair.edu or Pamela Fallivene at fallivenep@mail.montclair.edu for a 1-on-1 training session. To learn more about the Commercial Video Collection (Sprague Library), please contact Chung-Hei Lone, the Head of Multimedia Services, at lonec@mail.montclair.edu or at extension x7153.

How Does the MSU Community Use NJVID?

  • Faculty Members: NJVID provides a convenient environment to enhance teaching and learning. Many faculty members at MSU publish their original instructional videos to NJVID for students to view. Faculty also can embed the NJVID-published videos into their Canvas courses to enhance their teaching. Students can then playback the videos at their own pace 24/7.
  • Library: The Sprague Library Collection of commercial videos encompasses many diverse fields such as art, health, biology, psychology, geography, American history, etc. These commercial videos are all available to the MSU Community.
  • Administrative Departments: Videos from Administrative Departments can be published in NJVID. For example, Information Technology has published a number of videos, including the faculty presentations at the annual Summer Institute, tutorials for setting up devices, and tutorials for using various technologies.
Turnitin

Turnitin is Montclair State University’s plagiarism detection system. It is integrated directly with Canvas. Turnitin is an available option when creating or editing Canvas assignments. Turnitin “Originality Reports” are available via the SpeedGrader and Canvas gradebook for Turnitin-enabled assignments.