Information for Instructors


Instructional Resources

Canvas Resources for Instructors
Here is a good starting place to navigate Canvas tutorials and guides.

Faculty Workshops
COL offers a variety of workshops on Canvas. Whether you are new to teaching online or brushing up on new features, COL has a workshop for you. Check the workshop schedule and register on Eventbrite. An HCCC email address is required to register.

Here are a few of the workshops we offer:

  • Getting Started with Canvas
  • All About Quizzes in Canvas
  • Videoconferencing in Canvas
  • Managing Your Gradebook in Canvas
  • Copying/Sharing Content in Canvas and Canvas Commons

Faculty Certification Course for Online Teaching
Instructors who teach fully online courses must complete a certification course in Canvas. Contact COL if you are interested in certification or click here to self-enroll now! Click here to self-enroll now!

Canvas FAQ for Instructors

Every course at HCCC has a Canvas site.

When you log in to Canvas, courses for which you are the instructor will appear on your Dashboard or when you click “Courses” on the left-hand menu.

Students can only see a course after it is published. For fully online courses, this is usually one week before the course starts. Online faculty have access to the contents of their fully online and hybrid courses in Canvas two weeks prior to the course start date.

Fully online and hybrid courses are preloaded into Canvas by COL every semester. Faculty are responsible for reviewing the content before the course starts. Remote and face-to-face courses are not preloaded and must be set up by the instructor.

Canvas provides 24/7 live support to all HCCC faculty via phone by calling (833) 685-8350. You can also email the Center for Online Learning at For login issues, contact Information Technology Services at

Yes there is! For more information and download instructions go to the Canvas Mobile Users page.

HCCC licenses the Unicheck similarity checker to help maintain academic integrity by checking submitted assignments for plagiarism.  Unicheck is fully integrated into Canvas and can check a wide range of file formats, including Word and PDF. You can quickly get up to speed on how to use Unicheck by viewing these Unicheck in Canvas videos If you prefer a written user guide, you can read this Instructors Guide to Unicheck.

Tip: If you have a paper that you want to manually submit to Unicheck as a one-off, you can use the Canvas “Student View” to do so; contact the COL if you need assistance.

Tip: Unicheck includes tools for annotating papers; COL recommends using the annotation tools in Canvas instead.

Note: Proctortrack, our current proctoring solution, is under review. Please contact the Center for Online Learning before using.

Proctortrack is remote proctoring software that uses webcams to track student activity during test-taking and flag any suspicious activity for instructor attention. It is the responsibility of the instructor to review the data presented and determine if an academic integrity infraction has occurred. Proctortrack requires students to have a camera and install an application. Students must be notified before the course starts that there is a proctoring requirement and that a web camera is needed. Please email with any questions.

Our service level agreement does not involve any live proctors.  A capture of the test session is uploaded to Proctortrack servers for processing and potential review by HCCC Faculty and Staff.  Here are some Proctortrack FAQs on Data Privacy and Security.

Making Proctortrack Available in Your Course

To use Proctortrack you first must enable it in your course.  To do so, follow these steps:

  • In your Canvas course, click Settings.
  • From the array of Tabs near the top, click Navigation.
  • Scroll down until you find Proctortrack.
  • Click the 3 vertical dots to the right of Proctortrack and then select Enable.
  • Scroll down to click on Save.
  • Proctortrack should now be listed in the Course Menu for that course.


Students need to undergo an Onboarding process before they can take a real exam.  To facilitate this, you must create a simple 1- or 2-question non-graded quiz that they can repeat (take multiple times as needed) and label it in Proctortrack as the Onboarding Quiz. They only have to onboard once per year; it is good across all courses.

Need for a Quiz Access Code (Password)

A proctored exam in Canvas needs an access code (password) to ensure that students can only take the Quiz via Proctortrack.  When you set up your quiz settings you will need to check the box for 'Require an access code' and type in the password you want to set. Don't use the one in the example below. See manual and videos for more details. 

ALT TAG: Adding a password to a quiz in Canvas

Adding a password to a quiz in Canvas

Support Resources

Following are the Proctortrack Manuals and Videos for Instructors and Students.  You can download and share with your students or direct them to this web page.

Instructor Resources
Proctortrack MANUAL for Instructors

Student Resources
Proctortrack MANUAL for PC and Mac
Proctortrack MANUAL for Chromebook


Contact Information

Center for Online Learning
71 Sip Ave., L612
Jersey City, NJ 07306


(201) 360-4038