Canvas @ Princeton


Canvas Resource for Faculty: (Re)Designing Your Course
Sept. 22, 2022

If you would like to explore ideas and principles for good course design—either because you'd like to tweak or redesign a course you have taught previously or because you'd like to design a new course—we encourage you to utilize a Canvas resource called (Re)Design Your Course

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…

Upcoming Training Sessions

Canvas Assessments & Understanding the Gradebook
Thu, Dec 8, 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
Canvas Assessments & Understanding the Gradebook
Wed, Dec 14, 2022, 10:00 am

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

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

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.