Canvas @ Princeton

Upcoming Training Sessions

Intro to Canvas for AI's
Tue, Jan 31, 2023, 2:00 pm
This training is customized for AIs who are new (or relatively new) to Canvas and would like to review the core functionalities of a Canvas course site, with a focus on tasks that AIs are often asked to do. We will leave time for Q&A at the end. This session includes: Introducing Canvas Reviewing your settings Uploading a syllabus Using…
Assistant in Instruction (AI)
Overview of Canvas for Department & Course Administrators
Thu, Feb 2, 2023, 2:00 pm
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: Understanding the Canvas interface Gaining course and subacct access Using modules, pages and files Making the course accessible Managing course availability …
iClicker Cloud
Wed, Feb 8, 2023, 10:00 am
This 1-hour workshop will help you make effective use of Clicker Cloud in your campus course. We will provide an overview of iClicker Cloud including how to set up an iClicker account and link it with your Canvas course so you are able to sync the course roster and grades.  We will also walk you through how to use iClicker to take attendance and…
  • Assistant in Instruction (AI)
  • Faculty
  • Instructional Staff
  • Staff
  • Graduate Students

Canvas Information

Support: The McGraw Center supports teaching teams in multiple ways. Our instructional designers offer individualized assistance and consultations; we host training sessions for faculty, teaching assistants, and administrative staff; and we also respond to questions at [email protected]

Resources: We have created a set of guides to teaching with Canvas, which supplements our Field Guide to Canvas

Blackboard: Blackboard is no longer available for teaching, although faculty, staff, and students will continue to have archival access to the last 7 years of courses. Read more: Blackboard Archive Mode

Faculty Spotlights

Fast, Consistent, Transparent Grading

Using Gradescope last fall revolutionized the exam grading process for MOL 345. Whether the exams were in person or online, Gradescope made grading faster, more consistent, and more transparent.

Canvas as a One-Stop-Shop

Canvas provides a one-stop platform to create and administer writing assignments. My students submit their work and do peer reviews on Canvas. Not having to email back and forth to share Word attachments saves precious time.

Responding with Ed Discussion

I found Ed Discussion useful. In the large applied mathematics class that I teach, Ed served as a discussion tool and question and answer tool for students, in a format everyone can see.

Collaborative Reading with Hypothesis

I use Hypothesis to engage students with the text in advance and to have a better sense of the themes we will address during the readings’ discussion. It helps to identify passages that we wish to spend more time on, to structure the class, and prepare additional material in advance.

Elicit Open-ended Feedback with Mentimeter

I used Mentimeter to create my lecture slides for my large introduction to moral philosophy class in the fall, and I am using it again this semester to create the lecture slides for my smaller environmental ethics class.

Check Attendance & Comprehension with iClicker Cloud

I use iClicker in my class for attendance and to check student understanding. In every class, I ask one or two multiple-choice questions to determine if students understand the concepts presented. Since this is to gauge their understanding, I don’t penalize them for incorrect answers.

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).

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 way.
Working Together With Canvas
We really like the Modules (and) the ease of student submissions online.