The Educational and Classroom Technologies group in the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning has contributed to the development of many online projects for teaching, learning, and research. Through the creation of online platforms for collaborative coursework, interactive instructional materials, research tools, and searchable archives. The ECT works with Princeton faculty to develop unique tools that encourage explorative, creative, and media-rich learning.

ABC Books

The ABC Books project makes available for research and analysis an interactive digital archive of rare children’s alphabet books from the University’s Cotsen Children’s Library. The overarching goal of the project is for students not only to interact with the archive but also actively to build and enhance it. With the assistance of staff from the Center for Digital Humanities and the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, this archive was developed for use in ENG 385: Children’s Literature. During the course, students were given opportunities to work with the archive, learn the basics of text encoding, tag page images, and perform computational text analysis.


The Anansesξm website offers online courseware for Princeton students enrolled in Twi 101, 102, 105, and 107. Thw courses feature videos, proverbs, and Adinkra, meaningful symbols that represent concepts and aphorisms of West African culture.


Aprendo is an online textbook developed during 2016 for use in Spanish 101, 102, 103, and 107. The textbook includes multimedia course materials and interactive exercises.

East Asian Humanities

Created for HUM 233 EAS 233 COM 233, East Asian Humanities I, the East Asian Humanities website platform not only presents course materials, but also allows students to augment those materials with multimedia annotations. A WordPress plugin developed by the ECT group allows students to link multimedia projects, articles and assignments to classical texts in East Asian Studies, transforming each text into a new reading experience.

First Step Chinese

The First Step Chinese website hosts thirty 1-3 minute videos for use as materials to supplement the FIRST STEP – An Elementary Reader for Modern Chinese (Chih-p’ing Chou, Jing Wang and Jun Lei 2014).


JPN@Princeton offers courseware in support of JPN 105, Intermediate Japanese I and JPN 107, Intermediate Japanese II.


The Komonjo (documents) website is a learning environment in support of EAS525-HIS520, Ancient and Medieval Japanese History. The site allows students in the course to explore a collection of medieval Japanese court documents and hosts student transcriptions and translations of those documents.  Videos on the site feature Professor Tom Conlan speaking about the collection, and interacting with facsimiles of documents to show how they were used.

Levantine Colloquial Arabic

Levantine Colloquial Arabic site facilitates the study of Arabic through three popular Arabic-language films. The site includes clips from the films, associated vocabulary lists, and transcriptions.

Mapping Globalization

The Mapping Globalization website is intended for everyone interested in globalization. The main goal of the website is to make empirical work on globalization as widely accessible as possible.The website offers an expanding set of resources for students, instructors, and researchers, and provides a forum for empirical research on globalization.

Mapping the Golden Age of Venice

This interactive map encapsulates work done by the students of Art 440, Venice in its Golden Age. The aim of this interdisciplinary seminar was to explore the art and architecture of Renaissance Venice in the context of its rich cultural heritage and unique political and social system.

Playing Soviet

Playing Soviet: The Visual Languages of Early Soviet Children’s Books, 1917-1953 is a companion website to SLA 221, RES 221. The website houses a collection of page images from children’s books from the Soviet period and allows students annotate, tag, and curate the collection.

Princeton Buffer

Princeton Buffer is a film and television review site created by the participants of English 359. The site planned and developed with the assistance of staff from Educational and Classroom Technologies, but from year to year is maintained by the students and instructor in the course. Once a year, the students are required to create a video (not really a podcast) with still images and a voiceover. In Fall 2015, DLL staff led them through a hands-on session in Adobe Premiere.

Princeton Geniza Project database

The Princeton Geniza Project database is a full-text, searchable collection of digitized records of documents found in the Geniza chamber of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo. The project is committed to disseminating its materials as widely as possible to the international community of scholars who share an interest in the medieval Middle East and in Jewish studies, and, above all, in fostering new research by helping to train scholars in the field.

The Princeton University Sefer Hasidim Database

The Princeton University Sefer Hasidim Database is an online collection of fourteen manuscripts containing different versions of Sefer Hasidim and its fragments. The website encourages the side-by-side comparison of relevant, correlative portions of the manuscripts.


The Principedia websites provides a platform to engage faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduates in systematic reflection and substantive discourse about the practices and processes of learning in Princeton’s distinctive academic environment.


SprachPraxis is a multimedia-rich platform of materials and collaborative tools in support of German 105, Intermediate German.

Venice & the Mediterranean: Crete

This project developed out of ART330/HLS331: Venice and the Mediterranean. The course explored the artistic and cultural geography of Venice’s Mediterranean empire, known as the stato da mar, from its beginnings in 1204 to the loss of Crete in 1669. The website includes on-site, student-authored research on various sites around Crete.

Voces de Princeton

The Voces de Princeton is a collection of videos currently under developmen that document experiences of Spanish-speaking emmbers of the Princeton community. The website also serves as a teaching tool for Introductory and Intermediate Spanish courses at Princeton.

Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone di pensieri

Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone di pensieri is an online digital research platform for Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone of Thoughts. The platform serves as a computational model for the semantic organization of this voluminous collection as well as allowing users to explore the relationality of the networked nature of this work.

Teaching tools

Annotationspace Theme

This custom theme for the McGrawCommons WordPress allows course readings to be displayed side-bay-side with student annotations upon those readings.

Glossary Plugin

The Glossary plugin, a plugin developed for the McGrawCommons website platform, inserts popup glosses based on vocabulary lists created in Google Spreadsheets . These glosses are most often used for foreign language instruction

Image Tagging Plugin

The ECT has developed numerous plugins for the WordPress platform to enhance the McGrawCommons course website publishing platform, including a tagging plugin allowing the collaborative, crowd-sourced tagging of multimedia materials, a video annotation plugin enabling time-coded comments on streaming video, and a plugin facilitating the creation of ‘zoomable’ large-format images.