Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Tools


Piazza is a Q&A type of discussion tool that allows students and instructors to post questions and provide responses in a timely way. The tool provides a number of other features including polling

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Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser intended to provide secure testing by allowing access to only those sites/apps (e.g., a Canvas quiz) as designated by the instructor.

View Respondus how-tos


Turnitin is a plagiarism detection tool that compares students' submissions with Turnitin’s database of academic journals, commonly plagiarized websites, and other student submissions. 

View Turnitin how-to's

Open Learning Initiative (OLI)

OLI offers a variety of online modules that can be integrated into your Canvas course with one click student enrollment.

View more about OLI

How-to: Enable Piazza

  1. Go to the Settings area of your course site
  2. Click the Navigation tab
  3. Locate Piazza in the list and click the three dots to the right of “Piazza”
  4. Select Enable
  5. Save your changes on this page
  6. Next, click the Piazza link that now appears in your course’s left navigation menu

You will be prompted to set up your Piazza site. If you have already created a Piazza site that you would like to link to your Canvas site, use the “Already have a class on Piazza?” prompts. Note: while you will be required to enter an estimated enrollment, this will not impact anything if your actual class enrollment is either more or less than the estimated enrollment.

How-to: Enable Respondus LockDown Browser 

  1. Click on the “Navigation” tab from your Settings page.
  2. Next, find the LockDown Browser icon from the list and enable it within your course.
  3. Click the Save button. LockDown Browser will now appear on your left Course Navigation menu.
Note: This area of the course is only accessible to Instructors and TA’s.

The first time you click the LockDown Browser item you will receive a tutorial page. You can skip this by clicking the “Continue to Lockdown Browser” button. If you do not wish to see this again, you can also click the “Don’t show this page again” checkbox.

The Lockdown Browser Dashboard will bring up a list of all of your current Quizzes and whether or not the features of respondus are required for the particular Quiz. 

How-to: Change LockDown Settings

  1. Click on the arrow drop-down by the title of the Quiz in question and click the Settings option.
  2. You can now select and review the settings for your Quiz. When finished, click the “Save + Close Button.”

Quizzes that have LockDown Browser enabled will appear in three areas of your course:

  • The LockDown Browser Dashboard
  • On the title of the Quiz
  • In the Quiz’s settings

How-to: Enable Turnitin on an assignment

The first step in enabling Turnitin is to create a Canvas assignment. You can do this either through the Assignments area of Canvas or within a Module.

  1. When editing the assignment, set the Submission Type to Online and check either the Text Entry and/or File Uploads box.
    image of file uploads box
  2. From the Plagiarism Review area, select “Turnitin-Plagiarism Framework 2021”.
    image of Plagiarism Review area
  3. Select the Turnitin options you would like to enable for your assignment.
    a. The Store submissions in: dropdown allows you to choose if your student’s work will be stored in Turnitin’s database of submissions. If you are enabling Turnitin on a draft assignment and expect students to make changes to their submission and resubmit to a final assignment, we highly recommend you select the “Do not store the submitted papers” option so that student final submissions will not return a high match against their draft submission.

    b. The next options allow you to specify what resources Turnitin should check student submissions against and whether you want any portions of student submissions excluded from the plagiarism check.

    c. The last option involves selecting when (if at all) students can view their originality report. This is the report that details what % of their submission matched against Turnitin’s database.

Viewing Originality Reports

To view Turnitin’s originality reports

  1. Go to the Grades area of your Canvas site.
  2. Submissions that carry a Turnitin originality report will appear with a colored tab in the grade cell.
    image of colored tabs
  3. Enter SpeedGrader from the assignment. On the far right side of the page a percentage will appear in a colored box.
    image of speed grader
  4. Click on the percentage to be taken to the Turnitin originality report. Portions of the paper that match outside sources will be highlighted.
    image of originality report

    NOTE: In general, a matching score below 33% is considered low. If you are utilizing a template that students fill out for an assignment, a higher match can be expected as each submission will return a match on the template itself.

Create an assignment with additional Turnitin features:

The Turnitin External Tool assignment type allows instructors to utilize additional Turnitin features from within their Canvas course. This assignment type is recommended for instructors that want to use Turnitin’s Feedback Studio for grading, or create PeerMark assignments. 

Please note that this assignment type cannot be used for Canvas Group or Peer Review assignments.

View the how-to documentation here...

How-to: Enable OLI in a course

NOTE: Please reach out to the Eberly Center team for assistance in locating and connecting OLI courses through Canvas.

There are many Open Learning Initiative modules that you may be interested in including in your Canvas course. Below are few examples of OLI modules faculty have integrated into Canvas:

  • Academic integrity 
  • CollaborativeU & ConflictUInnovative mini-courses to help students be more successful in group activities
  • DiaGrammarHomegrown tool designed to help students visually diagram the components of a sentence.
  • Programming with PythonAn introduction to Python and elementary principles of computing, including iteration, recursion, and binary representation of data.
  • StatisticsThe basic concepts of statistics and the logic of statistical reasoning
  • TA TrainingModules designed for training graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants on grading, feedback, and using rubrics.

Explore OLI courses at:

Linking an OLI course through Canvas allows users access with one click within the Canvas interface. Students will be automatically logged into OLI and enrolled in the course with their andrew ID. Contact us to get OLI modules connected in Canvas