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Instructional Technology Toolkit

ITDS strives to introduce a wide range of emerging technologies that can be used to enhance teaching and learning. We have designed and developed a variety of technology workshops to help support teaching and learning. To best accommodate the needs and busy schedules of our Campus Community, we offer fully online training workshops, as well as fully online annual events, fully online courses, and individualized instructional design consultations.

Instructional Technologies

MSU provides access to many instructional technologies to facilitate teaching and learning. Below you will find information about key technologies. For detailed information on all University tools, please visit our Additional Faculty/Staff Applications page. We have also included some free external (not supported) technologies below.


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

Web Conferencing


Zoom offers a robust and growing set of collaboration features to satisfy relevant use cases, with integrated room systems. Zoom is the officially the recommended Video/Web Conferencing tool across campus. Zoom is integrated into all Canvas courses, and you can schedule your meetings directly from your course. For more information on how to use the Zoom page in Canvas, please review our Faculty Canvas Guide.

BigBlueButton (Canvas Conferencing)

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 with all students enrolled in your course.  BigBlueButton can be also used to conduct web meetings outside of Canvas.



Panopto is an all-in-one video platform that not only provides faculty with desktop lecture recording and automatic captioning services, but also offers pedagogical features to add learning interactions within a video. It is also seamlessly integrated within Canvas. Take a look at our documentation for both the PC (Windows) and Mac (Apple) or attend a training workshop. Students can also create Panopto recordings in their Canvas courses. For more details, please review our documentation for student use of Panopto: Panopto Recordings for Students and Panopto Assignments for Students.

Collaboration & Engagement

Instructional technologies used to support student engagement emerge every day. In an attempt to share some of these, we have developed (and continue to add to) a self-paced Canvas course: ITDS Instructional Technologies to Support Student Engagement

Google Apps

The University has a contractual agreement with Google, Inc. for their Google Apps for Education suite of products, including Google Calendar and Google Drive. As such, the Google Drive service is now available to all faculty, staff, and librarians to provide additional file sharing and document collaboration capabilities.


Padlet is an online collaborative bulletin board that allows participants to interact by posting text, links, images, videos, and more. Montclair State has acquired a site license that allows faculty and staff the ability to create an unlimited number of padlets. Use the Padlet Account Request Form to request a Teacher account associated with your Montclair State University NetID for Padlet.


Perusall is an ebook platform with a collaborative annotation tool that helps students learn more, promote class engagement and discussion. The Perusall platform is free for students, instructors, and educational institutions and can be integrated with Canvas. For more information, visit our Perusall information page.


Flipgrid is a social learning platform that allows teachers to create “grids” to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called “topics,” and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. For more information visit our Flipgrid information page.



Turnitin is Montclair State University’s plagiarism detection system. It is seamlessly integrated directly within Canvas. Turnitin is the world’s leading cloud-based software for evaluating student work. Its features include an Originality Report that determines plagiarism, Grademark for providing feedback, and peer review resources.

Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor work together to create a remote proctoring environment for online quizzes and tests. The LockDown Browser blocks other windows or tabs from being opened, printed or switched to another URL during a test taking session.  Respondus Monitor using the Lockdown Browser, is a fully automated proctoring solution which uses video analytics to prevent cheating for online tests/exams via a webcam on students’ laptops, desktops, or iPads.


e-Portfolios are web-based systematic collections of evidence that demonstrate what a person or an organization has learned over time. These collections often include both work samples and reflections on learning. At Montclair State, we have two options for creating an e-Portfolio: Google sites and the Canvas. Please refer to our e-Portfolios User Guide when creating e-Portfolios in Google Sites. Students and instructors can also create an e-Portfolio using Canvas. Students can upload their assignments, projects, or any other professional and academic work to showcase their learning process. More information on the Canvas e-Portfolio tool is available from the Canvas Community.

Surveys & Polling




Zoom Polls

Zoom Polls allows you to create single choice or multiple choice (multiple answer) polling questions for your meetings. You will be able to launch the poll during your meeting and gather the responses from your attendees. You also have the ability to download a report of polling after the meeting. Polls can also be conducted anonymously, if you do not wish to collect participant information with the poll results.

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a web-based service that allows participants to text in responses to poll or survey questions. With Poll Everywhere, you are able to access immediate, live responses. This is good for brief, quick feedback.


Slido is an easy-to-use Q&A and polling platform for live or remote meetings, events, classes, and webinars. Slido helps instructors to engage students by involving them in live polls/quizzes, collecting surveys, crowdsourcing top audience questions, and brainstorming ideas with upvotes.