Canvas is the University’s Learning Management System. It is used by instructors to publish course materials, create assignments and quizzes, foster interaction, etc.
- 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 Information Technology makes all courses available 3 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 guides.instructure.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 students anytime or anywhere. Participants will learn how to launch and moderate an online conference as well as learn incorporate tools such as webcams, document sharing and chat.
Benefits of Canvas Conferences:
- Connect with your students for online office hours or study sessions designed to help them prepare for a test.
- Connect with your colleagues for professional development webinars.
Practice presenting online. Students can set up practice presentations in their student Groups.
- Invite special guests to your classroom by adding them as a student or observer to your course.
- 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.
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.
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
- LockDown Browser can also be downloaded directly from the unique Respondus LockDown Browser URL for Montclair State University
- Students who attempt to take a Canvas quiz which requires LockDown Browser from any other browser will be directed to download LockDown Browser
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.