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Zoom is a web-conferencing tool that can be used to enhance and expand classes with powerful collaboration tools, including video breakout rooms, multi-sharing, polling, and group chats. To learn more about Zoom, the Instructional Technologies training team will host Zoom workshops. Information and dates can be found at . You can also  schedule a personalized appointment .



Zoom FAQs

  • Where can I access Zoom?
  • What features do we have access to?
    • Faculty, Staff, and Students can host meetings with up to 300 participants for an unlimited duration.
  • How do my meeting recordings work?
    • Faculty and Staff may record to the shared cloud space. Recordings will expire after 180 days. To keep recordings longer than that please download and move them to Mediasite, OneDrive, or any other storage method. Please note FERPA restrictions apply to all recordings.
    • Student accounts cannot record to the cloud but can record locally (to their own computer) if the meeting host allows.
    • Recording (cloud or local) is not available to HIPAA users
  • How can I plan my next virtual event using Zoom?
    • Zoom Events is an all-in-one event hosting platform that is designed to create safe a secure meetings or webinars.
    • Submit this Help Desk ticket to consult a team member when you're planning and we can find which of Zoom's tools best fits your event.
  • Can non-FAU users participate in Zoom meetings?
    • Only users with FAUnet IDs may host meetings. Other users can participate as an attendee and can be given presentation privileges during a meeting.
    • Please note: With the default settings, users who do not authenticate with FAU need to be admitted manually by a meeting host (to prevent zoom bombing). You can admit these users from the participants list after launching the meeting.
  • Where can I get help/learn more?


Instructor Zoom Guides


Student Zoom Guides



Webex is a web-conferencing tool that enables students to participate in a virtual live session. Webex allows a complex and engaging collaborative experience; a few features include real-time polling, virtual breakout rooms, quizzes, threaded Q&As, and attention monitoring tools. You can review the videos and documents below  to learn more about Webex. The Instructional Technologies training team will host WebEx workshops. Information and dates can be found at You can also schedule a personalized appointment.

Webex cloud recordings expire after 180 days from the date of the session. 

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WebEx Guides

Click the links below to access Webex guides for:


My Mediasite

FAU is using My Mediasite Desktop Recorder. My Mediasite makes it a snap to create great-looking videos, screen casts, and slideshows. From demos and video training to flipped classes, lectures, and assignments, everything you need is in one simple-to-use tool. No professional video skills needed! 

Self-Serve Studio

Need a quiet space to record with Mediasite Desktop Recorder? Come to the Self-Serve Studio.  We have a professional camera, microphone, lighting and more. Technical support will be on hand to get you started. Available 8 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday.  Located in Building 22 Room CM 144.  To reserve time go to and click on Room Reservation then choose Technology Spaces (CM 22), select a date, click on the green squares and follow the prompts. 


Getting Started

The Instructional Technologies training team will host Mediasite workshops. Information and dates can be found at You can also schedule a personalized appointment for training. 

Getting Started with MyMediasite - Learn how to download, install, and do a basic recording with edits. 



LockDown Browser & Monitor

LockDown Browser  is a customized browser that prevents students from printing, copying, browsing the web, or accessing other applications during an online assessment.

Monitor  is a companion product for 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. View resources below to assist you in implementing online proctoring in your class.

The LockDown Browser software has been installed in most FAU instructional and open labs.  Students wishing to take an assessment requiring LockDown Browser from their own computer must first install the software (see installation links below).

Both the Windows and the Mac editions of the browser are based on Chromium, Google's open source framework. Students do NOT need Google's Chrome browser installed nor will this version affect a Chrome browser that's already installed.

Note:  LockDown Browser should only be used for taking online exams and assessments. It should not be used to access other areas of Canvas. 

Download Respondus LockDown Browser 

Click on the logo of the operating system where LockDown Browser will be installed (or click here for more information on this product).

SELECT ONE: Please click on the logo of the Operating System where LockDown Browser will be installed.


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User Guides: 


Student Guides

Ticket-Based Support

If you encounter an issue that cannot be resolved with the above resources, ticket-based help is available. Respondus staff members generally respond to tickets within 24 hours, excluding weekends and U.S. holidays.

Open a Support Ticket with Respondus 



Sample Study Mate activities StudyMate helps students "master the basics" of course material through learning activities, self-assessments, and games. A dozen activities, such as flash cards, crosswords, and quizzes, engage students with course content in an individualized way.

Students access StudyMate activities using computers, smartphones, and tablets. StudyMate also integrates seamlessly with Canvas. 

The StudyMate product line includes StudyMate Author and StudyMate Class. Both products are included with the FAU campus-wide license, enabling instructors to choose the approach and technology that best meets their objectives.

StudyMate Author  

StudyMate Author is a Windows-based authoring tool that enables instructors to create learning activities that students access within online courses or anywhere on the Internet. Like Respondus, StudyMate Author will import items from Word files and publisher test banks, making it easy to create interesting, interactive activities from existing content.

To request your own copy of StudyMate Author please submit a request via the FAU  Online Help Desk .

StudyMate Class 

This is a web-based version that resides within the online course site in Canvas. Instructors and students can create items collaboratively; student participation can be monitored and graded.

Learn more about StudyMate; view videos, webinars, and guides by visiting .


Respondus 4.0

Respondus 4.0 is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Canvas. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus 4.0 will save you hours on each project.

Authoring Features

  • Distinct user environment for Canvas (see system requirements)
  • Create exams and assessments offline using a Windows interface (not available on Mac)
  • Supports up to 15 question types, including calculated and algorithmic formats
  • Import questions from MS Word (including embedded images), rich-text, QTI, and tab/comma delimited formats
  • Access to thousands of Respondus-compatible publisher test banks – FREE to instructors who adopt a participating textbook VIEW MORE

Preview, Publish, and Printing Features

  • Preview questions before publishing them to the LMS
  • Publish exams and assessments directly to an online course (media files are automatically uploaded)
  • A “batch publish” feature allows assessments and surveys to be published to multiple courses in a single step
  • Determine point values and exam settings offline
  • Print exams/surveys directly from Respondus or save files to MS Word or rich-text format

View how-to videos, webinars, and get access to User Guides by visiting   

Turnitin & Turnitin Draft Coach

Turnitin is a plagiarism prevention tool available for assignments submitted through Canvas. 

Turnitin Feedback Studio provides:

  • Original Insights -Reveal content matches in student writing. Help students take ownership of their work and practice proper citation.
  • Feedback First - Feedback only matters if your students engage with it. Reach your students with voice and text comments on specific phrases or entire assignments.
  • Feedback Fast - Save time with custom or pre-defined drag-and-drop sets of customizable comments. Share reusable comment libraries across your institution.
  • Accelerate Assessment - Grade objectively and consistently with standards-aligned rubrics and show students how specific parts of their work affect their grade.
  • Peer Review without Pressure-Encourage discussion and reflection among students in the classroom. Automatically distribute work and collect student feedback anonymously.
  • Engage Students - Students see source matches and instructor feedback directly on their work, or in a conveniently formatted downloadable report.

Instructor Resources

Turnitin via Canvas

Turnitin Draft Coach

(list of resources)

Student Resources

Getting Support

Submit a ticket or call FAU's online Help Desk


Phone: (561) 297-3999

Help Desk Hours

or Submit a ticket directly to Turnitin



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What Can iClicker Provide?

iclicker options iClicker is a software that allows instructors to create questions to poll students in order to evaluate students' comprehension, retention of complex material, or classroom experience. Students enter their responses on their own mobile device, or into a wireless keypad that looks like a remote control, providing instantaneous assessment feedback that enables instructors to confidently move forward with material or step back and review, closely tailoring the lecture to the students' needs. iClickers ensure every student has a voice in your classroom, no matter the size.

Clickers are sometimes referred to as a Student Response System, Personal Response System or Classroom Response System. iClicker provides instantaneous assessment feedback that enables instructors to confidently move forward with material or step back and review, closely tailoring the lecture to the students’ needs. They are especially useful in large lecture classes.



Florida Atlantic University has standardized on the iClicker software/hardware platform, which means that students only need to purchase one device from the bookstore which they can then reuse in any of their classes that utilize clickers or sell back when they're done using it. Instructors can also enable iClicker’s mobile/web application, the iClicker student app, so students can participate in class with any mobile device.

iClicker software works seamlessly with all applications (including PowerPoint, Keynote, Adobe, Word and websites), enabling instructors to prepare their questions (in advance or on the fly) within the tools that they're already using and poll students at any point during their lecture.  It also integrates with Canvas, allowing students to register their clickers online and response data to be uploaded into the grade center.

Instructors can use iClickers in any classroom as long as they have a computer or laptop available.


Getting Started

A Comparison: iClicker Classic vs. iClicker Cloud

FAU instructors now have the option to choose between two different versions of iClicker: iClicker Classic and iClicker Cloud. 

  • iClicker Classic is the original instructor software with local data storage, and requires a base plugged into the computer.
  • iClicker Cloud  provides access to your data anytime, anywhere as well as an online gradebook, GPS attendance, and additional question types.
  •  For a feature comparison between iClicker Cloud and iClicker Classic, please see Macmillan Learning's  Instructor Software Comparison.

Faculty who wish to use iClickers should:

  • Contact FAU's  iClicker rep,  Glen Garrett ( or 615.598.3638 ) to order an instructor kit which includes a portable receiver base (free for instructors), and instructor's remote, a student remote, and instructions for downloading the software.
  • Inform the bookstore so that clickers can be ordered and listed as a required tool for your class ( click here  to submit your request online).

Live online training sessions are conducted by iClicker on an ongoing basis. To register, visit:

Students can purchase their clickers through the  campus bookstore or online.

UPDATE:  Recent requirement modifications from Apple allow current iClicker Classic and iClicker Cloud software to both work with macOS Catalina. Instructors who update to Catalina will, however, need to adjust their macOS settings before using the current iClicker software in the classroom. Please refer to our support article for more information on the privacy settings that need to be adjusted.

We recommend that you refrain from updating your macOS immediately, due to these extra steps that may disrupt your classroom experience. You can check to see if your Mac has the OS auto update setting turned on and disable it, giving you more time to make the required privacy adjustments outside of the classroom.


Integrated iClicker Software for Canvas

Click on one of the iClicker software logos below to compare and download iClicker software. 

   iClicker Cloud button   iClicker Classic link

iClicker Cloud Instructor Guide (Note: Please ignore Step 1 in these instructions)

iClicker Classic Instructor Guide


Types of Clickers


Product Standard Bookstore Price FAU Discounted Price (New)
iClicker2 Remote w/ LCD (with 5-year subscription to the iClicker student application)
$42.99 $41.99

iClicker+ remote (with 5-year subscription to the iClicker student application)

- Allows only for multiple-choice voting (no LCD).



iClicker Student Application Access (standalone)

- 6 months: $13.00
- 1 year: $20.00
- 2 years: $28.00
- 5 years: $40.00

- 6 months: $12.00
- 1 year: $19.00
- 2 years: $27.00
- 5 years: $39.00

For more up-to-date pricing, visit iClicker's Pricing site . If the bookstore is out of stock you can also purchase an iClicker by clicking here. 


Tutorials & Resources

UPDATE:  Recent requirement modifications from Apple allow current iClicker Classic and iClicker Cloud software to both work with macOS Catalina.

Instructors who update to Catalina will, however, need to adjust their macOS settings before using the current iClicker software in the classroom. Please refer to our support article for more information on the privacy settings that need to be adjusted.

We recommend that you refrain from updating your macOS immediately, due to these extra steps that may disrupt your classroom experience. You can check to see if your Mac has the OS auto update setting turned on and disable it, giving you more time to make the required privacy adjustments outside of the classroom.

Learn more about using iClickers in the classroom.

iClicker Cloud

iClicker offers a cloud-web based alternative to the locally hosted iClicker Classic. The following are the tutorials related to the iClicker Cloud instructor software:


Classic Canvas Integration

Cloud Canvas Integration



For iClicker technical support contact Stephanie Bragg  ( or 339.237.2731 , or reach out to iClicker Client Support at 866-209-5698 or (9am-11pm EST Monday - Thursday 9am-9pm EST Friday). For all other tools, refer to their respective contact info or reach out to the OIT Help Desk at .

iClicker support portal (search for user guides and FAQs):


Top Hat

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What Is Top Hat?

Top Hat is a student response system that utilizes students' personal devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) combined with interactive slides to facilitate classroom discussions, track attendance, and conduct real time polls or quizzes.  Outside of the classroom, the platform features and Interactive Text platform where professors can adopt, customize or create content for their courses.


  • Canvas Integration
  • In-Class Polling
  • Interactive Class Discussions
  • Attendance Tracking



Product Price/Student
4 Year
Top Hat Lecture
$24 $34 $70


Getting Started

  • Professor Quick Start Guide
    • If a professor has adopted a textbook for their course, students will not be prompted in-app about making a purchase. Students always need to visit (using their mobile or laptop web browser) to complete textbook purchases. However, the mobile app will no longer prompt them with this notification. Professors assigning textbooks should notify students in advance when a textbook purchase is required. Once purchases have been completed on their web browser, students may access their course anytime, from the web or Top Hat mobile app.
  • Student Quick Start Guide
    • The Top Hat iOS app now only allows students to log in using existing or previously created accounts. This means that students must first create a Top Hat account at (using a web browser on mobile or laptop/desktop devices), before logging into their mobile app. This user experience is common with many other apps that students are familiar such as Netflix.

Tutorials & Resources


Main support page

Support contact and hours:

Main representative for support and training of faculty: Mitchell Jaramillo

General support contact:

Book and Course Material Publishers

Oftentimes, publishers of educational books and course materials will develop their own online systems for delivering content and educating students. They can function on their own, but many have been updated to communicate and work with Canvas. This page will host documents and resources (developed at OIT or from the publishers themselves) for navigating content publishers' online systems as well as integrating them into your Canvas courses. If the following documents do not answer your questions, please contact their respective support lines or submit an OIT Help Desk ticket here.

Pearson MyLab Math

Support documents:

To contact Pearson's support team, click here!

 Last Modified 2/28/24