Spring 2021 Checklist

The first day of classes is on Monday, February 8th, 2021.

The spring semester runs 02/08/21 – 05/21/21 (no spring break).
Spring Canvas courses will be automatically published on Wednesday, February 3rd.

Please note that online programs may follow different dates.

How Will You Deliver Your Online Course or Session:
Determine what will be asynchronous or synchronous course activities and communicate the expectations for these interactions clearly (e.g., meeting times, due dates, and other expectations for course participation). Check out updated information on the HawkFLEX at the OFA website. HAWKFlex represents the range of instructional delivery options available for MSU courses. Check NEST for modality, room, and other details.

Prepare to Teach on Campus (if applicable)
  • Check NEST for modality, room, and other details.
  • Review the health and safety protocols and policies articulated in Redhawk Restart. These are updated frequently.
  • Review information on classroom technology on the Audio-Visual Services website.
  • In order to get your device on the campus network, it must be registered. Directions on how to do this are provided on the Connect to Wireless page.
  • Set up your Canvas course in case you need to switch to partially or fully online.
  • Sign up for on campus classroom practice with OFA/ITDS.
Set up Your Canvas Course
  • Review MSU’s Canvas Universal Guidelines
  • Start building your course using your preferred version of the MSU Canvas Course Template and/or incorporate materials from previous semesters by importing or copying your course from a previous semester.
  • Post a course syllabus prominently and in an accessible format. Include details about the course modality and your meeting schedule. 
  • Use modules that are logically organized (e.g., weekly, thematically) and consistently structured. Modules can include content pages, discussions, files, assignments, and quizzes.
  • Include a Getting Started module that contains a link to MSU’s student Canvas orientation course and welcoming activities (e.g., self-introduction discussion, pre-course survey, and/or syllabus quiz).
  • Set up a course homepage (either a Canvas page or Canvas modules) that orient students to the course as a whole and clearly indicate where and how to get started. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the new Rich Content Editor
  • Provide instructional materials that are accessible and easy to access and linked where appropriate within course pages or modules.
  • Create assignments to allow students to submit their work (documents, media files, links to online work, etc.). Set due dates and points assigned as appropriate. 
  • Set up discussions to facilitate academic discourse, share course logistics, build community, collaborate, etc.
  • Check the gradebook to ensure it matches the grading scheme from your syllabus correctly.
  • Review the course before publishing it. Use the link validator, student view and double check your assignment due dates
  • Publish your course. Spring courses will be automatically published on Wednesday, February 3rd, but you are recommended to publish your course earlier.  
  • Post an announcement to inform students of the course modality and your requirements for the first class. Courses must be published for announcements to be visible to students.
  • Review other recommendations for facilitating your course on our Get Started page
Get Ready for Synchronous Sessions

If you plan to teach synchronously:

  • MSU provides Zoom accounts to all faculty, staff and students. This web conferencing tool is integrated into all Canvas courses, and faculty are highly recommended to schedule class meetings directly from Canvas. 
  • You must activate your MSU Zoom account, if you are a first-time user, by logging into: https://montclair.zoom.us. Choose SSO sign in with your Google account (ex. NetID@montclair.edu) and password. 
  • For more information on how to use the Zoom page in Canvas, please review our Faculty Canvas Guide or register for an upcoming live training session
  • We have also provided tips and strategies for teaching synchronously online

How to Get Support:

  • OIT Technology Support
    For technical support, please contact the IT Service Desk or your local academic technology team. Spring 2021 Semester Support Hours (Monday, February 8, 2021 – Monday, May 24, 2021) are:

    • Monday-Friday: 7:00am – 12:00am
    • Saturday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Sunday: 3:00pm – 11:00pm
  • ITDS Virtual Drop-In Support Sessions:
    Faculty can join anytime during Virtual Support Hours to be connected with ITDS staff. No registration required. Join via Zoom at https://montclair.zoom.us/my/itdssupport

    • Virtual Support Hours are:
      • Monday and Wednesday 10am – 12pm
      • Tuesday and Thursday 1pm – 3pm
  • ID Course Design Consultations:
    Instructional Designers are available to meet with you to discuss your course(s) and provide guidance on designing your course, instructional strategies, instructional technologies and more. Email itds@montclair.edu to request a one-on-one consultation.