Academic Tools & Resources

Learn how to access and utilize various resources such as Canvas, Qualtrics, Mathematica and other academic tools.

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Sakai is our former primary learning management system. It will be replaced by Canvas for Fall 2022. Sakai content will remain accessible to instructors for the next academic year. Any questions pertaining to Sakai (or Canvas) should be directed to the Educational Technologies group in Information Technology.

Saints Portal (SLU Portal)

The Saints Portal is where employees enter their time, check their benefits, and access their W2s, as well as other administrative information.

Faculty go here to enter mid-term and final grades, access class rosters and provide search by sections for course availability.

Students see grades, review and accept financial aid and scholarships, can review course catalog, access your 1098-T, or submit transcript requests.

Remote Desktop and Remote Apps

The Remote Desktop and Remote Apps allow for SLU users to access lab computers or applications used in class online from a browser, or from the Microsoft Remote App. The Remote Desktop acts as a Windows 10 lab computer viewed from your device, and can perform all of the same functions as a lab computer on campus. Remote Apps are the desktop version of a program, allowing you to use the full capability of the program from your browser or smart device.


Canvas is our new Learning Management System (LMS). It provides tools and features leveraged by instructors for teaching at SLU. Educational Technologies provides instruction and training for faculty who are using this application.

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Pinned Article Using Software for Class Remotely via

Instructions for how to use the Remote Software website in order to access applications, programs, and software for classes off-campus.

Create PDF in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 for Mac OS

This article explains how to export or print as PDF in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 for Mac (version 15.x). Academic posters must be a PDF when submitted for large format printing.

Getting Started with Panopto

Panopto records your screen and up to two other video sources. Add Sakai integration for easy access to course content.

How do I organize my Canvas Dashboard?

When you multiple Canvas courses, you can customize the courses you want to show on your Dashboard by creating a “favorite” list under your All Courses. Note: When no courses are favorited (the default), the dashboad with display up to 20 courses alphabetically.

How to Add a Film to Canvas

This article will outline steps to add a Panopto film to a Canvas course.

iMovie Library Backup

This article explains how to back up your iMovie library in iMovie version 10. Your iMovie library contains all imported events and project files. Do not open any library files directly from a network drive as this could lead to data loss.

LANSchool Computer Lab/Classroom Management Software

LANSchool (Smart Sync replacement) has broad applicability to either teaching or research conducted in computer labs and is available in the following spaces: Bewkes 107, Bewkes 109, JHS 224, Madill 222, Valentine 124, and Valentine 207.

Linkedin Learning

Information about Linkedin Learning for Online Training

Managing Participants on Canvas

Students are automatically enrolled in Canvas sites as it is synchronized with the student registration system. This article explains how instructors can manually add participants to their site if needed.

Online Learning Consortium

St. Lawrence University is a member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). Membership benefits include discounts on workshops, courses, and conferences.

Publishing a Canvas Course

This article explains how to publish / unpublish a Canvas course. All Canvas course sites are created automatically unpublished. Students will not be able to access a Canvas course if it is not published.

Record a Screencast with Screencast-O-Matic

Faculty, staff and students can record screencasts and presentations with Screencast-O-Matic at

Tips for Taking Online Tests

Taking tests can be stressful. Taking tests online will be more stressful if you encounter technical issues. While there is no guarantee, adhering to the guidelines below will help you avoid some of the more common technical issues encountered while taking online tests to ensure your work gets submitted successfully.

Transferring Content and Settings from Canvas Sites

This article explains how to transfer content and settings (e.g., files, modules, discussions, quizzes, assignments, etc.) between Canvas sites.

WeVideo Online Video Editor

WeVideo is an online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share movies. A limited number of WeVideo licenses are available to faculty, staff, and students that sign in with their St. Lawrence University Microsoft 365 credentials.