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Upcoming Training Sessions

Administering Finals in Canvas

Wed, Apr 21, 2021, 9:00 am

In this 90 minute session, you will learn how administer finals in Canvas.

Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students


Thursday, Jan 28, 2021

By default all Canvas courses are visible to all Princeton students during the first 2 weeks of classes. We recommend that...

Friday, Jan 8, 2021

The following features and tools have been updated in Canvas for the spring '21 semester:

Information about Fall '21 Course Sites

Fall course sites: In the fall semester, all courses will be on Canvas. Blackboard will no longer be available for teaching, although faculty, staff, and students will continue to have archival access to the last seven years of courses on Blackboard. Please direct any questions to

Fall 2021 course sites in Canvas will be created in the second half of April. We will send out a notification when the sites are ready. Please know that the McGraw Center will continue to support the transition to Canvas in multiple ways: each faculty member will be paired with an instructional designer for consultations and assistance. We will also offer small-group training sessions for faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and administrators.

Book orders: Faculty and staff will now place book orders on Timber, our new book adoption and purchasing tool. This is also the tool students will use to purchase their books. Timber is integrated with Labyrinth Books, and all reading lists will be processed by Labyrinth as they have been in the past. More information about this new process, as well as how to access Timber, will be provided in the first half of April by the Office of the Dean of the College.

Canvas is a robust and intuitive online platform for teaching and learning (also known as a Learning Management System or LMS). Starting in the Spring of 2020, it will gradually replace our longstanding LMS, Blackboard. Please note our updated implementation schedule

The adoption of Canvas, with its powerful capabilities, marks an exciting new chapter for teaching and learning at Princeton. We feel confident that Canvas not only offers a more user-friendly experience for students, staff, and faculty, but that its tools and features can expand learning activities, improve assessment strategies, and provide new opportunities for collaboration. We hope this change will spark valuable conversations around teaching and enhance pedagogical innovations on our campus.

Faculty Spotlights

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...

Making Modules Work for You

One of my favorites is the Modules (…) a great way to organize a class.

Encouraging Interactivity

Canvas should not be thought of as a repository of materials, but as a learning system where one can present the information in a more interactive...

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