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Instructional Technologies

Montclair State University provides access to many instructional technologies to facilitate teaching and learning. Below you will find information about key technologies. Please click on the name of the technology to learn more about it. You can also use the entries on the left-hand menu.

Workshops are available for technologies with an asterisk (*) next to their name.


Name Category License Type Description
Ally Accessibility Site-wide License Scans course documents/images and provides feedback on accessibility level. Also provides alternative formats for course documents, such as HTML, audio, braille, etc.
Canvas* Learning Management System Site-wide License Course management platform for all academic courses and communities. Post lecture material, syllabi, assignments, grades, and more.
Captioning Accessibility Site-wide License Collection of tools that allow for the creation of closed captions for video and audio materials.
ChatGPT Artificial Intelligence No Site-wide License (Free tier available) Tool able to produce written work that sounds convincingly human-produced.
DesignPLUS for Canvas* Course Design Tool Site-wide License Allows for the development of more complex page designs in Canvas. Build inviting and expressive homepages, organize content with tabs and accordions in pages, and more!
Google Workspace for Education* Productivity/Collaboration Site-wide License A suite of tools that allows for collaboration on documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, and more.
Google Sites (ePortfolios) Miscellaneous Site-wide License Website/blog-authoring platform that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as ePortfolios.* Social Annotation Site-wide License Social annotation platform used to collaboratively annotate documents and course readings. Helps to promote class engagement and discussion and enhance student learning from readings.
InSpace* Synchronous Meeting Platform Site-wide License (Pilot) An online learning platform that focuses on enhancing virtual education by prioritizing real-time collaboration and meaningful connections. It provides students with a dynamic virtual campus environment for easy access to resources and support, fostering an engaging and interactive learning experience for both instructors and students.
LockDown Browser + Monitor Proctoring Software Site-wide License Internet browser used for proctoring of exams to limit opportunities for cheating. Can be used for in-person proctoring as well as remote proctoring.
Loom Video Recording No Site-wide License (Free tier available) Screencasting application for Windows and Mac machines that allows recording of your screen.
Mind Mapping* Visualization Varies Examples of concept mapping tools including Padlet and Miro; useful for collaboration or independent brainstorming.
Padlet* Collaboration Tool Site-wide License Padlet is an online collaborative bulletin board that allows participants to interact by posting text, links, images, videos, and more.
Panopto* Lecture Capture Recorder and Hosting Solution Site-wide License Video recording, editing, and hosting platform. Allows development of engaging lecture videos with PowerPoint capture, in-video quizzes, and automatic captioning.
Perusall* Social Annotation No Site-wide License (Free to use) Social annotation platform used to collaboratively annotate documents and course readings. Helps to promote class engagement and discussion and enhance student learning from readings.
Poll Everywhere* Engagement/Assessment Site-wide License A tool used to engage students during live classes and gauge student understanding via formative assessment.
Qualtrics* Surveys Site-wide License Survey development platform. Send out surveys to users and collect response data for a variety of purposes.
Simple Syllabus* Syllabus Management System Site-wide License A centralized, template-driven platform that enables instructors to quickly personalize and publish interactive class syllabi.
Respondus 4.0 Test Authoring Software Site-wide License Program used to author exams natively or convert a variety of file types into Canvas-friendly importable formats.
Turnitin Plagiarism Checker Site-wide License Reviews submitted documents against academic articles, journals, and other sources across the web to identify instances of plagiarism.
Zoom Synchronous Meeting Platform Site-wide License Meeting tool used to conduct online or remote classes, meet with colleagues/students, and hold a number of other synchronous gatherings.

For detailed information on all University tools, please visit our Additional Faculty/Staff Applications page. If you are looking for information on classroom technology please visit Audio-Visual Services.