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Canvas logoCanvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) at Ramapo College. A Learning Management System (LMS) is a platform used to deliver courses, and can be used for online, hybrid, or face-to-face courses.  The LMS allows you to post course resources, create learning activities, setup assignments, manage group work, setup a grade book, communicate with your students, and more. All faculty are encouraged to attend an IDC workshop on Canvas and review the resources provided below.

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How to migrate your content into Canvas

The Instructional Design Center will be available to help you migrate your course content into Canvas from Moodle. Please consider this an opportunity to update your course so that unused, or unnecessary content is not brought over to Canvas, thereby reducing space requirements of courses. 

PLEASE NOTE: Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 content has been copied into Canvas for your convenience.  

Hands-on Training for Instructors

IDC Workshops – Hands-on workshops are offered by the IDC to help faculty learn Canvas and develop their Canvas courses. Visit to view the workshop schedule and to register online. Also, see recorded workshops.

Individual Assistance – Faculty can drop by the IDC any time Monday-Thursday (Summer) or Monday-Friday (Fall-Spring) during office hours for assistance.

Virtual Drop-in Office Hours – Effective May 18, Monday-Thursday, 10-11 a.m.
Log on with specific instructional technology questions or concerns, and we will help you problem solve.

Access Virtual Office Hours Link:

IDC Faculty Fellow – Faculty can contact Karl Johnson, the IDC Faculty Fellow. Read more on the IDC Faculty Fellow below.

Canvas Tutorials and Guides for Instructors

First Look and Course Basics are two introductory training sessions that are each available as recordings. These sessions will give new users a sneak peek into what they will experience as they begin their Canvas journey.

First Look  (31:35)
First Look introduces participants to the Canvas environment, login procedure, and global navigation. Attendees will explore account setup, personal preferences, and communication tools, such as the Inbox and Calendar. This session also presents the numerous avenues for support available to each Canvas user.

Course Basics  (54:51)
Course Basics provides an overview of the layout and features included in a Canvas course. Users will learn about the Course Navigation Menu and individual components that can be used to deliver content and assess student performance. This introductory demonstration provides users with the background knowledge to begin their Canvas journey.

Video Tutorials for Instructors (By Topic)

Canvas Guides for Instructors (By Topic)

How to Create a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas (PDF Guide)
How to Create a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas – Video

How to Setup Webex on Your Canvas Course

Best Practice For Copying and Pasting from Microsoft Word Documents into Canvas (Mac & Windows) – Guide (PDF)
Best Practice For Copying and Pasting from Microsoft Word Documents into Canvas (Mac) – Video
Best Practice For Copying and Pasting from Microsoft Word Documents into Canvas (Windows) – Video

Canvas Mobile Apps for Instructors (iOS and Android)

Online Training for Instructors

Canvas Courses (for Faculty)

Login to Canvas and you will see the following courses on your dashboard to help you get started and learn Canvas: 

  • “Growing with Canvas” is a self-paced interactive course with 7 modules where you will learn and try out features, and experience Canvas as a student. This course is for you if you want to learn Canvas in depth, while experiencing the Canvas platform.
  • “Canvas Teacher Tour” (45 minutes) contains self-paced series of videos.

Canvas Online Training Portal (for Faculty)

All instructors will have access to the Canvas online training portal to enroll in on-demand, self-paced courses, learning pathways, or view individual videos for targeted topics. Faculty members can access the online training after logging into Canvas as follows:

  1. Log into Canvas with your Ramapo username and password at
  2. Click on the “Help” menu on the left navigation, then select “Training Services Portal” 
  3. You will be directed to a page that says “Training Portal is requesting access to your account,’ select “Authorize.” 
  4. Click through the tutorial, then click “Do Not Show Again” on the last screen and click “complete.”
  5. You will be directed to a page that says “Authorization required.” “Authorize Training Portal to use your account,” select “Authorize” (first-time access only.)
  6. You will be brought to the Learning Library page, for on-demand, self-paced training organized into A.) learning pathways (a series of courses), B.) courses, and C.) individual videos for targeted topics. Select the “Tags” (“faculty” and “higher education”) to filter the most appropriate courses.

Canvas Live Webinar Training (for Faculty)

20 users have been selected that will have additional access to live, interactive webinar trainings provided by Canvas trainers, which are an added feature available in the Canvas online training portal. Webinars are one hour long, and seem to be offered between 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Some sample webinar trainings include “Course Basics,” “Gradebook and Speedgrader,” “Quiz Basics,” “Managing Quizzes,“ “Assignments,” “Leveraging Modules,” ”Course Communication Tools,” “Course Design Considerations,” “Data for Teachers,” and more. Please note these Webinars are not recorded, but you can enroll in as many as you want. 

You can access the Canvas online training portal to enroll in Live Webinars, in addition to on-demand, self-paced courses, learning pathways, or individual videos for targeted topics. To access the webinars, follow the instructions above (steps 1-6) for accessing the “Canvas Online Training Portal”. Then click the “Training Calendar” link near the top to view the calendar schedule of webinars. Click any webinar for more details, and to register.

LinkedIn Learning (for Faculty)

LinkedIn Learning provides online, self-paced, video-based courses on Canvas including: 

  • “Learning Canvas 2019” (1 hr. 47 min.) 
  • “Canvas: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques.” (1 hr. 44 min.) 

Complete the Request Access Form at the time you want to do the LinkedIn Learning training, and the IDC will provide you one of our ten licenses to LinkedIn Learning for a period of time. Please note this is only available to faculty and staff.

Canvas Teaching Circle

This teaching circle focuses on the use of Canvas. Particpants will share their experiences with Canvas, including their successes and challenges. We will also review the Canvas tools for content delivery, assignments, and grading.

Meeting Schedule:

  • TBA

Register Now

Canvas Tutorials and Guides for Students

The Student Experience (18 min.)
Learning how to use a new Learning Management System (LMS) is probably among a long list of challenges at the start of a student’s educational journey. This is why we created the Student Experience video; as a tool to assist these new students on day one, from opening a course invitation email to how one submits an Assignment file before the due date. This video will provide new students the basics to getting started in Canvas with their personal settings, course layout and communication, and submission feedback functionality while also giving other Educational roles a glimpse from a student perspective when navigating Canvas for the first time.

Canvas Student Tour (35 min.)
This Canvas course contains self-paced series of videos to familiarize students with Canvas (including profile, communication, discussions, assignments, grades, quizzes, and more). When students login to Canvas they will see the “Canvas Student Tour” course on their dashboard.

Passport To CanvasThis self-paced Canvas course provides everything students need to know about using Canvas in your classes. Learn about communication tools, navigation, assignments, quizzes, discussion, grades and feedback, peer interactions, and the mobile app. When students login to Canvas they will see the “Passport to Canvas” course listed in the announcements at the top of their dashboard.

Video Tutorials for Students (By Topic)

Canvas Guides for Students (By Topic)

Canvas Mobile App for Students (iOS and Android)

Help – login to Canvas and students can access the Help menu in the left column navigation, where they can do the following:

  • “Report a Problem” which will generate a Help Desk ticket
  • “Ask Your Instructor a Question”
  • “Search the Canvas Guides”
Canvas Display Name Change

Please submit this form to have your display name changed in Canvas.

IDC Faculty Fellow

Photo: Karl JohnsonThe IDC is pleased to announce our first faculty fellow, Professor Karl Johnson, who will be assisting faculty with the transition from Moodle to Canvas. Professor Johnson currently serves as the Chair and Co-Convener of the Africana Studies Group and Major. Along with his expertise in his scholarly field, Professor Johnson is well-versed in instructional technologies, including Canvas. Last year he pursued extensive professional training in the areas of Advanced Teaching Online, Designing Online Instruction, and Fostering Online Discussion. He also received training on Canvas, including a Course Creation workshop, which led to him teaching several U.S. History courses with Canvas.

Professor Johnson states: “My proposed plans as the IDC faculty fellow are to support Ramapo College’s Mission and Strategic plans, and integrate our online and hybrid course offerings in such a way that it can support the college’s long term viability by training all students, faculty, staff, and administrators to efficiently migrate and effectively use our new Canvas LMS.”

Professor Johnson will pursue the following key goals in his tenure as the IDC Faculty Fellow. He plans to help:

  1. Successfully implement the new Canvas LMS at Ramapo College.
  2. Ensure that learning and training for the new LMS is both equitable and efficient for all the constituencies on campus.
  3. Demonstrate that teaching with the technology should mirror practical or real-world teaching and training situations/practices for online and hybrid courses.
  4. Promote “buy in” that online and hybrid courses are here to stay and will be an important part of the long-term sustainability and viability of the College moving forward into the 21st century.
  5. Develop alongside faculty and administrators viable and competitive online course offerings for summer and winter sessions to prevent our students from pursuing other educational institutions nearby.

Related to Goal #5, Professor Johnson states: “I believe that we at Ramapo College have the best faculty and that we can do a much better job teaching our students for their entire credit load and college life.”

The IDC welcomes Professor Johnson to the team, and we look forward to working with him!

Canvas FAQ

How do Instructors access Canvas?
Instructors now have access to Canvas at,  in which they can explore the system and get accustomed to the features of Canvas. Instructors and students can view the help resources that are available on this page. 

What browsers are recommended?
Chrome and FireFox are best. Internet Explorer is NOT recommended.

Is there a mobile app available?
Yes! The Canvas app is available for students and teachers for Android and iOS devices. Search for Canvas in the app store of your device to get started.

When will Moodle be retired?
Moodle has been retired and will no longer have courses or students loaded. Instructors will have access to their Moodle content until September 30, 2020. After that date, instructors will need to request an archived copy of their course content from Ray Fallon. 

Can I still use Moodle for my courses?
No, Canvas is the only LMS supported by Ramapo College.

How do I migrate my content from Moodle to Canvas?
The Instructional Design Center will be available to help you migrate your course content into Canvas from Moodle. Please consider this an opportunity to update your course so that unused, or unnecessary content is not brought over to Canvas, thereby reducing space requirements of courses. Follow the guides and video instructions below. 

I use Turnitin, Respondus, a publisher test bank, or another technological resource. Are they available in Canvas?
Yes, Turnitin and Respondus are available in Canvas. Check the Instructional Technologies page for more information. Check with Ray Fallon for assistance with integrating publisher test banks or other third-party applications. 

How do I setup a Turnitin assignment in Canvas?
From your course homepage, go to Assignments on left navigation. Click + Assignment. Enter assignment name and details. Under the submission type drop down menu select external tool. Click the Find button and Turnitin will appear on the list so you can select it.

How to Create a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas — PDF Guide
How to Create a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas – Video

What kind of training is available to learn Canvas?
Help resources are available on this Canvas page. Training for instructors is available through the Instructional Design Center.  View the upcoming workshop schedule and recorded workshops. Students resources to learn Canvas are available on this page as well.

Who should I contact for assistance with Canvas?
Virtual dropping office hours are available from 10-11 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Log on with specific instructional technology questions or concerns, and we will help you problem solve. Access Virtual Office Hours Link:    

Any problems or questions should be sent to the Help Desk. Please provide your course name, section, CRN and semester in your email to

In addition, Karl Johnson has been appointed as faculty fellow for IDC this year. Karl will work with faculty members to help design their Canvas courses.