Student Apps FAQ

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Attending an Adobe Connect in Canvas Meeting

Read the Adobe Connect for Students guide to learn how to attend a meeting.

Student Groups and Adobe Connect in Canvas

As a student you have the ability to create or join an Adobe Connect Study Group in any course that has the Adobe Connect LTI tool enabled. This will allow you to create a virtual meeting and individually invite other course members to join you. To join a Study Group meeting click the Join button next to the meeting you are invited to.

To create a Study Group meeting:

  1. Click the Add Meeting button in the Study Group section of Adobe Connect.
  2. Name the session and click Next.
  3. Select the classmates you want to invite to the study group under the Canvas Available Users list. Click the Add button below the list.
  4. Set the User Role in the Adobe Connect meeting room by selecting the name of the student in the Adobe Connect Participants list on the right and selecting Set User Role below the list.
    1. Participants have minimal privileges and will need to wait for the meeting host to enable their microphone, camera, and screen sharing privileges.
    2. Presenters have default permission to turn on their microphone, camera, and screen share options.
    3. Hosts have full control of the meeting room.
  5. You have the option to record your study group. Recordings will appear under the Recordings tab in the Study Group section.
What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is integrated into Canvas and is a tool to detect plagiarism and provide feedback to students and the instructor. Turnitin looks for matches by checking submitted papers against 14 billion web pages, 150 million student papers and leading library databases and publications. The comparison may be against any or all of these repositories as set on a specific assignment by the course instructor.

For assignments requiring Turnitin, papers submitted will be automatically submitted to Turnitin for review once you submit your Assignment in Canvas. The instructor and the student will see the results of the review. Students do this through the “Submission Details” area of the submitted assignment in Canvas. The report/comparison document is called an Originality Report. This document details the matching or similar text between a submission made on Turnitin and the documents the submission was compared against.

Important Note: Turnitin is only activated in Canvas Assignments that require text or uploaded documents to be submitted. Each assignment will need to have Turnitin activated by your instructor. There is no option for students to directly access Turnitin.

Once you submit a text submission or upload document submission in an assignment with Turnitin on, you will then need to go to assignment’s Submission Details page. From this page, you will see either an icon of a small timer at the top of the submission details page OR (most likely) you will see a tag that is either blue, green, yellow, orange or red. These colors are indicators of the percentage of a match Turnitin has found.

  • blue = (no matching words)
  • green = (1-24% similarity index)
  • yellow = (25-49% similarity index)
  • orange = (50-74% similarity index)
  • red = (75-100% similarity index)

When you click on the tag, you will be taken to the Turnitin Originality Report for your submission to review. Keep in mind, a high percentage is not always an indicator of plagiarism. It simply means your submission matched other content in articles, journals, student submissions, etc. Some matches could be from you referencing content, some could be common ways of writing phrases. Each submission requires a review to determine what the Originality Report shows you.

How do I view Turnitin results for my submissions?

Students: How do I view Turnitin results for my submissions?

Turnitin provides information on the originality of the text in your assignments as well as a similarity index, which rates your submission on how similar it is to existing works.

Turnitin can deliver these reports to you as soon as they are generated (usually takes a minimum of ten minutes, but it can take longer) or after a set date, depending on your instructor’s preferences.

Your instructor can also restrict access to that information so that only they can view the reports. If you cannot see the reports, your instructor has likely prevented students from viewing them.

Find the Assignment

On the course navigation menu, select Grades.

On the Grades page, scroll down to the relevant assignment and click on the assignment’s name to open the assignment.

 View Your Originality Report

The Turnitin feedback icon (looks like a text bubble with a percentage inside it, circled in red in the image above) indicates the results of your originality report and represents the percentage of your submission’s content that matches sources found on the internet. Clicking View Feedback will allow you to view a more detailed version of the originality report.

View Originality Sources

The originality report provides a more detailed view of how similar your submission was to other sources. The right sidebar provides information on which internet sources came up as a match and highlights the matching content within your assignment’s text.

What is Respondus LockDown Browser or Monitor?

Your instructor can require that Respondus Lock Down Browser and/or Monitor be used for quizzes and exams. When using the Lockdown Browser, you will be unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. If your instructor is requiring Respondus Monitor, you must have a working webcam. When an assessment is started, you will be locked in until it is submitted for grading. Visit the Respondus LDB FAQ for more information. The ICT computer labs on the Las Cruces campus have Respondus LDB installed on all windows computers. Respondus does not work on Google Chromebooks, Linux, or the restricted version of Windows called Windows 10 S.

Getting Started with i>Clicker

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i>Clicker is an audience response system allows students to instantly provide feedback and answer questions posed by their instructors.

NMSU students can purchase a physical i>Clicker from the NMSU Bookstore or purchase an i>Clicker app subscription called “REEF Polling” in your mobile device app store. Visit the i>Clicker student page for more information.

  • Each student uses a “clicker,” a portable, handheld device or the REEF app installed on their smartphone, tablet or laptop, that allows students to vote by “clicking” on the appropriate button for his/her choice. 
  • Each instructor in class uses a receiver that collects votes sent by students’ clickers. Light and portable, the receiver is powered through any computer’s USB port. For REEF, the instructor will be using i>Clicker Cloud to collect polls, so access to the internet is critical. 
  • Instructors present a question and enable polling. 
  • Each student responds by “clicking” the appropriate button for his or her choice. 
  • A wireless signal is sent immediately from each responding clicker to the receiver or to the Cloud. 
  • Through the receiver or through the Cloud, i>clicker logs and stores the data of each individual student.
  • The instructor can then display voting results in a graph to the audience. 
  • The results are also available for later analysis, grading, and exporting to Canvas.
Zoom in Canvas

Follow the instructions on the Zoom at NMSU page to activate your NMSU Zoom account, learn how to use Zoom in Canvas as a student, and download or update to the latest version of the Zoom Desktop Client.

What is Canvas Studio?

Canvas Studio is an audio and video creation/upload tool that allows instructors and students to actively collaborate through video and audio media.


Viewing Panopto Recordings in Canvas

View this guide from Panopto on how to watch a Panopto recording in Canvas.