MSU Faculty Support
Support available for MSU faculty:
General support for all LON-CAPA Users:
Detailed information for MSU Faculty Support
The MSU LON-CAPA support team has adopted a help request tracking system to help manage the support needs of the LON-CAPA community. After you have submitted a question or help request via the online form, you will receive an initial e-mail confirming receipt, followed by additional e-mail as we work to answer your question/request.
The FAQ-O-Matic is a compendium of answers provided to common questions asked by users of LON-CAPA over the past couple of years. Answers are organized in topic folders and subfolders. The FAQ-O-Matic is a community resource, to which LON-CAPA users may contribute their own answers to questions they themselves are commonly asked about LON-CAPA.
Request creation of a LON-CAPA course using our form. If you are listed in CLIFMS as faculty instructor or supervisor, the course will be created automatically when you submit the form. If not, your request will be held in a queue pending your addition to CLIFMS by your department. Additional details.
- Course Coordinator Manual [pdf]
The Course Coordinator Manual explains how to carry out common course management tasks in LON-CAPA, such as creating a course from published resources in the LON-CAPA system, importing classlists, changing course settings such as due dates for homework problems, and managing grades using the LON-CAPA spreadsheet etc.
- Author Manual [pdf]
The Author Manual explains how to create homework problems, and also how to develop course materials in re-usable sequences which can then be imported into any number of different courses.
- Building a Course - quick start guide (pdf)
This quick start guide is a concise two-page document that describes the essential information needed to build a course in LON-CAPA.
- Building exams in LON-CAPA
Information about building exams can be found in the Course Coordinator Manual [pdf]. This documentation explains all the steps involved in building, printing and scoring a randomized LON-CAPA exam which each student will complete by bubbling answers on a scantron sheet. There is also guidance for using the system to deliver an online exam, in which each student will submit answers using a web browser while logged into LON-CAPA.
LON-CAPA can be used to create randomized Scantron exams. For more information, sign up for the next exam training session.
Scantron data transfer form for the Scoring Office [PDF]
Course Management Transition
Courses exported from Blackboard or ANGEL as IMS packages can be imported into LON-CAPA. For more information please refer to the IMS import documentation [PDF].
The LON-CAPA mailing lists are e-mail lists to which you can subscribe to receive e-mail posted by other LON-CAPA list subscribers. There are separate lists concerned with administrative issues, general LON-CAPA usage, announcements, and LON-CAPA development.
Create an account for yourself in the LON-CAPA Bugzilla tracking system, if you wish to report bugs you have encountered in the LON-CAPA software, or if you have suggestions for improvements in LON-CAPA. Suggested improvements may include additional functionality, improved usability, or changes to wording used in LON-CAPA pages, including the embedded help system.
- There are four types of LON-CAPA training sessions offered through Michigan State University Libraries, Computing & Technology Training Program (LCTTP). The topics of these sessions are Basics, Course Coordination, Authoring, and Exams. Multiple sessions are available thoughout the year at no cost to participants. Enroll in the training sessions through LCTTP. You need to use the Internet Explorer browser to enroll online or call (517) 432-0700.
- Faculty training seminars and LON-CAPA Conferences/Workshops are offered in addition to the LCTTP training. Read our training page for more information.