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Canvas (Students)

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

Log into Canvas For LockDown Browser information, see below or download the software.

How do I log into Canvas?
You may log into Canvas with your University 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 4 to 6  hours.

While Information Technology makes all courses available three business days prior to the start of the semester, please note 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
Is Canvas Support available on campus?
Yes! The Information Technology 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
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


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.”


Canvas Conferences allow you to meet with your fellow students or instructors anytime or anywhere. Participants can launch and moderate an online conference as well as incorporate tools such as webcams, document sharing and chat.

Benefits of Canvas Conferences:

  • Connect with your classmates or instructor for online office hours or study sessions.
  • Connect with your colleagues for professional development webinars.
  • Practice presenting online. Students can set up practice presentations in for Groups.
  • Invite special guests to your classroom by adding them as a student or observer.
  • Broadcast a live event or lecture for those that can’t be onsite.
  • Record your conferences for viewing at a later date.

Canvas Conferences Documentation for StudentsConferencing FAQ’s (Big Blue Button)

Zoom at MSU

Montclair State University has moved to a site license for Zoom across campus. The new “Licensed” (formerly Pro) version gives all Faculty, Staff, and Students access to Zoom.  This license no longer has a time limit for its usage. Zoom is one of the industry leaders on meeting solutions along with Microsoft and Cisco. Zoom offers a robust and growing set of collaboration features to satisfy relevant use cases, with integrated room systems.

Make sure you claim your complimentary Zoom account. Not sure how to claim it, then go to our Zoom FAQ web page. Once you claim your account, check out our Using Zoom in Canvas guidePlease Note: For security reasons, we highly encourage you to use the Zoom App as it has the most up to date functionality.

Additional Zoom Resources

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.

  • 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

Turnitin is Montclair State University’s plagiarism detection system. It is integrated directly with Canvas and often used by instructors in conjunction with essay assignments.