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Using Canvas to Facilitate Remote Learning

TCNJ has a variety of tools to help you teach online. Many of these tools can be found within Canvas, which makes them easy for students to access.  As always, the Office of Instructional Design is here to assist you.  Full time staff are available from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and as schedules allow, student staff are available from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday through Thursday and until 4 pm on Friday.

How to Get Help

Have a specific question? Please contact Canvas Help at or use the live chat feature on this page (top right).

Self-paced Learning Pathways

The Instructional Design Summer Training Program (STP) is designed to connect TCNJ faculty with the resources and support they need to integrate digital tools for teaching and learning. The Summer Training Program will offer three learning pathways (beginner, intermediate, advanced) to meet the needs of a range of learners. The main components of the Summer Training Program include:

  • Self-paced tutorials and online classes.
  • Scheduled live workshops throughout the summer.
  • Learning Communities. 
  • A curated Best Practices Repository.
  • Real-time coaching from the Instructional Design team.
  • Sample course tours.
  • Templates that you can import to your own Canvas courses.

Department Sessions

Instructional Design is happy to schedule sessions with academic departments as needed. Please contact


The Announcements tool is an important vehicle for communicating to your class. When you use the Announcements tool, students receive a push notification to their TCNJ email that lets them know the announcement has been posted. All announcements will appear in one cohesive list, so students can return to review previous messages that might otherwise get lost in their inbox. You can also turn comments on for announcements should you want to engage in conversation around a particular topic. The Canvas Guide on Announcements offers step-by-step advice on creating and managing course announcements.


Conferencing can be used for synchronous lecturing, office hours or group work. It allows you to create a web conference with your students where you can give a lecture, answer questions in real time, provide demonstrations, share screens, and conduct polls. If any of your students have an accommodation plan that requires captioning, contact the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) for assistance.

Media & Technology Support Services also offers alternatives to Canvas Conferences, including a number of rooms equipped for computer-based web conferencing.

Kaltura Streaming Media

Kaltura is a video streaming service that integrates with Canvas to allow you to create, store, organize and share media with your classes. We have a resource page on Kaltura to introduce the options. If any of your students have an accommodation plan that requires captioning, be sure to request captioning through Kaltura. For assistance, contact

The Assignments Tool

Instructors can implement the Assignments tool for submitting assignments online and returning feedback to students. Learn how to set up an assignment and give feedback using Speed Grader.

Discussion Boards

Online discussions can provide an opportunity for your students to engage with each other, ask questions, and discuss course content. Learn how to create a discussion in this Canvas Guide.

Share Files

There are many ways to share PDF and other documents with your students. Using the Files tool, you can control what students see and have access to in your course. Alternatively, you can attach documents to Announcements, embed them on Pages, or add them directly to Modules. Please make sure any files you share are accessible and can be read with a screen reader. Here are some resources:

Additional Campus Resources

Virtual Lab – Software from the labs

Available from, the Virtual Lab portal allows TCNJ faculty and students to access computer lab applications, network drives and files anywhere, anytime, on any device, on or off campus. IT has added multi-factor login authentication for added security in the virtual lab. Detailed instructions on how to access and use the virtual lab can we found here. IT is actively working to add more lab software to the service. If you need any assistance with this service, please contact the HelpDesk at x2660 or online.