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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. Below, you will find a curated list of technologies that are free to use or for which MSU has a license to use.

If you are looking for information on classroom technology please visit Audio-Visual Services.

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 is a web conferencing tool that is integrated into all Canvas courses. 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.

Google Meet

Google Meet is an online video conferencing platform available to everyone. Anyone with a Google account can create an online meeting with up to 100 participants and meet for up to 60 minutes per meeting (up to 24 hours per meeting through Sept. 30, 2020).

Google Meet includes extra features such as Live captioning during meetings, adjustable layouts and screen settings, messaging with participants, integration with Google and Microsoft Office apps, screen sharing, and more!



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.


Loom is a video recording tool that helps you get your message across through instantly shareable videos. Instructors and students can record their camera, microphone, and desktop simultaneously and trim videos.


Screencastify is a free screen recorder for Chrome. No download is required. Record, edit, and share videos in seconds. Videos can be easily published to your Google Drive or YouTube page.

Closed Captioning Technologies

Google Slides Captions

Google Slides allows users to present slides with captions. When you present slides, you can turn on automatic captions to display the speaker’s words in real-time.


Zoom offers a robust and growing set of collaboration features to satisfy relevant use cases, with integrated room systems. Zoom is the official 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. allows users to generate rich notes for meetings, interviews, lectures, and other important voice conversations.

Panopto Transcriptions

Panopto allows users to add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into videos they have Creator access to. Note that machine-generated captions clearly aren’t the same as human transcription, so they need to be revised and edited to ensure they are 100% accurate.

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

MSU is committed to assisting students with disabilities in receiving accommodations necessary to equalize access. Students who may need accommodations based on disability must self-disclose and initiate the request to the Disability Resource Center (DRC). The student is responsible for providing the DRC with documentation of their disability that meets our guidelines and it will be reviewed. An intake meeting will take place with the student and a DRC counselor to determine reasonable accommodations. Please know that accommodations require time to implement and are not set in place until we meet with a student. For more information, please contact the Disability Resource Center by email: or phone (973) 655-5431.

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


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.

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. is a collaborative web annotation tool that allows users to annotate digital text like websites, pdfs, EPUBS, and more. It also allows users to make private notes and public comments, as well as form reading groups and have discussions in those reading groups. Collaborative annotation engages students more deeply in course readings and gives teachers a view into how students are reading – making reading visible, active and social.


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.


VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool integrated in Canvas. It allows users to build online presentations by adding images, documents, and videos, and other media to which other users can add comments for discussion. For more information, visit our VoiceThread 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.

On December 27th, 2021, MSU IT will be upgrading the Turnitin Canvas integration. In order to use Turnitin on any assignment after December 27th, faculty will need to edit their Turnitin assignments to enable the new configuration at that time. Stay tuned for more updates as we approach this date.

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 that 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.