Digital Learning Tools & Resources


Canvas is Arcadia University's Learning Management System (LMS). Please see the Canvas page for additional resources and information.

Canvas   (Arcadia single sign-on link)

Immediate Canvas Help (For all Faculty, Staff, and Students)

Canvas Support Hotline/Chat (Log into Canvas, click Help?):
  -  Faculty/Staff 844-589-3848 24/7/365
  -  Student 844-329-3130 24/7/365
  -  LiveChat with Canvas Support! 24/7/365

Additional Canvas Resources

  -  Canvas Request Form DLS will complete this request
  -  Canvas Guides - (Documentation) Find Answers to Common Questions
  -  Canvas Videos - On demand training videos
  -  Getting Started with Canvas - Canvas 101 and Canvas Instructor Tour

Additional Teaching Resources

  -  All Modes Instructor Resources (Self Enroll Canvas Course)

NEW FEATURE - Canvas Chat

  -  Canvas Chat - Available in all Canvas courses!  
Chat offers two convenient options, Chat and Inline Chat, both connect to the same running list of chat messages. Chat allows for notification of new messages, which Inline Chat is located in the lower right corner of each page.

- The Chat tool allows students and faculty to interact in real time and is available/visible to all students in the course. Chats cannot be limited to specific students. To disable chat in your course, you can disable the Chat link in Course Navigation.

Canvas Chat - Instructor Resources
What is Chat?
How do I use Chat as an instructor?
How do I use inline Chat as an instructor?
Chat Overview (Instructors) video


All faculty, staff & students at Arcadia University have access to Zoom, which is a online video conferencing/meeting system.  

View the Zoom page for additional information.

Zoom can be used for hosting online meetings, webinars, guest speakers or online classes, and more. Zoom enables interoperability between all major hardware and software video platforms, as well as browsers and mobile apps. You can now meet with virtually anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Zoom   (Arcadia single sign-on link)

Zoom has integration with many browsers such as Chrome and Firefox and Google Calendar through an extension add on.  There is also a separate app for Windows and Mac as well as iOS and Android Devices.  All downloads are located here:

For assistance with Zoom, please visit the Zoom Help Center.  When logged into Zoom you can find the 24/7 Chat and Phone Support 888-799-0125 and Zoom Resources along the top right. Here is a Zoom Quick Start Guide to get your started using Zoom.



Panopto is Lecture Capture software which works as a video platform for training, teaching, and presenting,

Panopto Support

Find answers to all of your Panopto questions on the Panopto Support page where you can Chat Live online or call a Panopto professional and view videos and documentation, as well as find a Quickstart guide.

Panopto Resources for Canvas 

Add Panopto to your Canvas course  

Panopto Online Accessibility Resources

Ally by Blackboard

Ally was launched for all Spring 2020 and future Canvas courses. The Provost announced in late 2019 the importance of accessibility for Arcadia web content and course materials posted in Canvas. Ally was implemented to assist in this effort, you are encouraged to explore Ally and learn how to identify and address accessibility concerns.  

Ally runs on top of Canvas, enabling faculty to make their courses more accessible for students.  Ally indicates items that are not accessible or that could be made more accessible while supplying faculty and course creators with detailed information on how to make the file or content more accessible. In addition to accessibility compliance, Ally also gives all students and viewers additional options for accessing and interacting with material.

What you can expect to see in your course(s)
  • A color score icon indicator on items 
    • Low (0-33%): There are severe accessibility issues.
    • Medium (34-66%): The file is somewhat accessible and needs improvement.
    • High (67-99%): The file is accessible but more improvements are possible.
    • Perfect (100%): Ally didn't identify any accessibility issues but further improvements may still be possible.
  • Click on the Score Icon to learn how to fix the accessibility issues 
For questions about Ally
Additional information about Ally

Instructor Live Proctoring, Respondus 4.0, Lockdown Browser & Monitor

Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor are now available on the course navigation in each Canvas course.

How LockDown Browser Works:

In a Canvas exam (Quiz), LockDown Browser locks down the testing environment to limit students from accessing other pages during the assessment and Respondus Monitor uses the students webcam to record them and flag activity for the instructor to review.

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops
  • Printing and screen capture functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented
  • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching are disabled
  • An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading
  • For your students to use LockDown Browser, they will need to download and install LockDown Browser on their own devices.  Please provide them with this link so they can install it. Installation Link for Students
Respondus 4.0 - Create and Manage Online Assessments
  • Exams can be created offline using Microsoft Word, through a Windows computer and imported into to Canvas.  
  • Download and install the software to create test banks and upload tests created in Word (Please login with your Arcadia Credentials). Instructions can be found here
  • Additional support using Respondus 4.0
Instructor Live Proctoring
  • The new “Instructor Live Proctoring” option uses LockDown Browser to prevent cheating on the computer itself, while the instructor watches students via (Zoom) video conferencing.  Overview of Instructor Live Proctoring
  • **Please note that Respondus Monitor and “Instructor Live Proctoring” are two separate tools. Respondus Monitor is best for asynchronous classes and will not allow the instructor to view the students in real time while “Instructor Live Proctoring” is a live session that does not record

Faculty Training and Resources
Student Resource


Turnitin is a plagiarism checker used by educational institutions worldwide to ensure originality of the submissions and keep academic integrity standards high.

Turnitin now utilizes Canvas’ Assignment tool for submissions and the SpeedGrader for grading and displaying the similarity report.  This integrated option can be found within the Canvas Assignment tool (see directions below).  
**All papers previously submitted through Turnitin are STILL in the database and will be searched for similarity matches.**

Turnitin offers step-by-step guides for setting up an assignment and interpreting the similarity results. Help Guides for Instructors using Turnitin in Canvas as well as a real time chat option. 

How to enable Turnitin in the Canvas Assignment?

  1. To add the Canvas Plagiarism Framework, change the assignment Submission Type to Online using the drop-down menu.
  2. Under Online entry options, select the File Uploads checkbox.
  3. Select Turnitin from the Plagiarism Review drop-down menu.

Accessing the Similarity Report
The Similarity Report can be accessed from within SpeedGrader.

  1. Select SpeedGrader from the right-hand side of the assignment.
  2. To view your Similarity Report in Turnitin Feedback Studio, select the similarity percentage from the right-hand side of SpeedGrader. 


The offices of Information Technology, Sponsored Research and Programs and the Library bring you EndNote, the most powerful tool for managing research. This software will be available to faculty, staff, and students currently enrolled in courses at Arcadia University.

Thomson Reuters EndNote gives you the tools to search, organize, write and share your research. EndNote makes managing research easy for anyone— from the novice researcher publishing their first discovery to the senior professor preparing a manuscript or writing a grant proposal. EndNote allows you to search various databases like PubMed, collect full text pdfs, manage citations, organize references, work with pdfs by annotating texts, format bibliographies to prepare your research paper, manuscript, or grant proposal.

EndNote - From Anywhere, Anytime

With EndNote, your research is accessible from anywhere. EndNote includes access to your library - with unlimited reference and file storage, annotations, and group sharing. By creating an online account and syncing your desktop and online libraries, you can access that library on any computer where EndNote is installed, access it online, or on your iPad.

How to Get EndNote

Please click here and select the operating system you have (Arcadia Login Credentials will be required).  For Mac, just download the installer and install. For PC you will need to download the 'Download for EndNote' file and extract it to your computer.  The file contains both the installer and the license file.  Both items need to be in the same location when you run the installer (You will not need a product key as long as you have both files downloaded).

"How To" Guides and Training Options for EndNote

Mac     PC

Pre-Recorded Training (over 100+ video) is available for EndNote
Calendar for Live Online Trainin



NVivo is the most used qualitative and mixed-methods data analysis software tool by academics and professional researchers globally. NVivo is ideal for complex research projects, whether you’re working solo or in a team. Enrich your understanding with NVivo.

Link to NVivo Customer Hub

Training for NVivo - NVivo Academy - Self Paced Online Courses

Contact to install on your computer. 

Google Meet

Google Meet is an alternative for Zoom conferencing.  You have the ability to add a Google Meet session to your Canvas Course, Course Announcement, Module or via Calendar. The Google Meet will start when you join and will run until all users leave. You do not have to update the link to start a new session. When you’re ready for your next class to start, the same link will create a new Google Meet.

Note - Google Meet will launch in a new tab, and if students are on a mobile device they will need the Google Meet app, or they can call in to participate via phone.

Directions for using Google Meet in Canvas


Equipment Checkout - Temporarily halted while campus is closed

ITSS is pleased to offer a reservation and check out system for a variety of instructional technology tools for academic use. Visit our reservation site:

Equipment Checkout

Arcadia University is an institutional member of the Online Learning Consortium. OLC is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime.