Canvas for Students
You WILL NOT see your courses on your Canvas Dashboard until your instructor has made them available.
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Canvas Student Mobile App
Consider downloading the Canvas Student Mobile App which allows students to access their courses using a mobile device. Using the app you will be able to submit assignments, participate in discussions, view grades and course materials, access to course calendars, To Do items, notifications, and Conversations messages. Read more about the Canvas Student Mobile App.
Canvas Student Orientation
The Canvas Student Orientation will prepare you to use the most common features in Canvas. It includes short video demonstrations and links to tutorials. Once you have completed each of the modules, you have the opportunity to test your Canvas knowledge and earn a Certificate of Completion and request a Digital Badge. Some instructors may even require you to complete this orientation. Self-enroll in the Canvas Student Orientation.
Respondus Lockdown Browser
Some instructors may require that students use Respondus when taking online exams. Respondus Lockdown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. When students use the Respondus Lockdown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to a URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading. Available for both Windows and Mac.
Respondus Lockdown Browser does not work on a Chromebook.
Respondus Monitor is a companion product for the Respondus Lockdown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored online exams. Students use their own computer and a webcam to record assessment sessions, all without leaving Canvas.
Installation Instructions for Fresno State
Respondus Lockdown Browser uses a standard Windows or Mac installer that can be downloaded by faculty or students from the following link. Please note this link is unique to Fresno State users:
Using Canvas for GE Program Portfolio Assignments
If you started attending Fresno State as a freshman or transfer student in Fall 2018 or more recently (Spring 2019, Fall 2019) you are required to submit to the GE Program Portfolio for specific General Education areas.
You will automatically be enrolled in a GE Program Portfolio Canvas course to complete this requirement where you'll upload artifacts that were previously assigned in specific GE courses (assignments such as papers, recorded speeches, PowerPoints, quizzes, presentations, analytical essays, etc.).
iClickers (REEF) and Canvas
Using the Mobile App on a Smartphone or laptop: Download the iClicker REEF app and create your account. You will still need to click on the iClicker Sync link in your Canvas course in order to register your account for that specific course if your instructor is giving points for polls. You have a two week free trial period after which the app is $14.99 per semester (unless you purchased the iClicker bundle from the Kennel bookstore).
Using a clicker: Purchase or acquire a clicker device and use the iClicker Sync link in the Canvas Course that is using Clickers to register your device for that class. You will need to create a FREE iClicker REEF account to register your device.
- Self-enroll in the Canvas orientation
- Contact the Academic Technology Resource Center
- Visit them on the second floor of the Henry Madden Library in the Center for Faculty Excellence.
- Call them at 559.278.7373
- Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Watch Canvas Videos:
- Look through Canvas Guides
- Navigating Canvas
- Customizing Canvas
- Course Participation
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