Canvas @ Princeton

Upcoming Training Sessions

Overview of Canvas for Department & Course Admins
Wed, Jul 13, 2022, 10:00 am

This training is customized for department or course administrators to learn how to use Canvas in support of faculty. We will leave time for Q&A at the end. The session includes:

Canvas Assessments & Understanding the Gradebook
Tue, Jul 26, 2022, 1:00 pm

Instructors will learn how to efficiently set up and grade assignments. We will leave time for Q&A at the end. The session includes:

  • Assistant in Instruction (AI)
  • Faculty
  • Instructional Staff
Intro to Canvas for Faculty & Instructional Staff
Thu, Jul 28, 2022, 10:00 am

Instructors will learn the core functionalities of a Canvas course site. We will leave time for Q&A at the end. The session includes:

  • Assistant in Instruction (AI)
  • Faculty
  • Instructional Staff


New Integration: iClicker Cloud
Aug. 27, 2021

iClicker Cloud is a free in-class student response system that provides instant feedback to instructors. It can be used to promote active learning through low-stakes knowledge checks and polls. iClickers can also be used for taking in-person attendance based on geolocation.  

iClicker Cloud is synced with Canvas’ roster and…

Princeton Virtual Desktops
Aug. 20, 2021

Starting August 30, Princeton Virtual Desktops (PVD) will be the University's new solution for accessing Student Labs and other academic software. The service gives all faculty, researchers, students and staff access to a suite of software anytime, anywhere and on any device.

The new Princeton Virtual Desktops (PVD) service provides…

Canvas Information

Support: The McGraw Center supports teaching teams in multiple ways. Our instructional designers will offer individualized assistance and consultations;  we are hosting several training sessions for faculty, teaching assistants, and administrative staff; and we will also respond to questions at

Resources: We have created a set of guides to teaching with Canvas, which supplements our Field Guide to Canvas. The McGraw Center has also developed valuable resources for returning to the classroom.

Blackboard: Blackboard is no longer available for teaching, although faculty, staff, and students will continue to have archival access to the last seven years of courses on Blackboard. Read more: Blackboard Archive Mode

Faculty Spotlights

Working Together With Canvas
We really like the Modules (and) the ease of student submissions online.
The Importance of User-friendly Design
Canvas (has a) more user-friendly and more intuitive interface than Blackboard
Studying Images
The Mirador image viewer allows instructors to 'post multiple angles of one object and students can manipulate the images (zooming in and out). Students can also study images side-by-side [and] learn objects in detail.'
Speeding Things Up
Once you get to know your way around Canvas, the day-to-day management of a class is, at least in my experience, much smoother and quicker (than in Blackboard).
Managing and Grading Student Work
Canvas provides “a one-stop platform to manage submission of written assignments, peer reviews, and grading, instead of the endless chain of emails with attached Word files.”