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Canvas is Princeton’s course management system offering many features and tools for teaching including the posting grades, online assignments, online tests and quizzes, announcements, and discussion. The grading of online assignments is facilitated by the SpeedGrader tool. Every course at Princeton is provisioned with a website in Canvas, automatically populated with the Registrar’s course roster. Canvas also serves as a portal to a wide range of additional information such as Library Reserves and to tools such as those for PDF annotation, video streaming and management, advanced online discussion, and grading.

Some of the tools that Canvas offers include:

  • User-friendly tools that  streamline communications between faculty and students, including a mobile app.
  • A scheduler tool that makes it possible for faculty to set up an office hours calendar in Canvas and allows students to request appointments within the course site
  • calendar tool that makes course deadlines obvious and unambiguous for students, and which can easily be integrated with other platforms, such as Google Calendar and Outlook
  • grade center that speeds up and simplifies grading by allowing faculty to leave comments and feedback on students’ work. It can also be integrated with our other systems to establish a more straightforward process for faculty to report midterm and final course grades.

Why Use Canvas?

  • At the very least, students expect to find your syllabus in Canvas. Get familiar with the system by posting a syllabus, then explore more more advanced topics such as using the Gradebook and making Assignments available online.
  • Teacher and student ‘apps’ for mobile devices not only allow you to manage your courses while on the go, they suggest new forms of assignments outside of the classroom.
  • Canvas includes tools to help ‘flip’ your class by providing content and tools for taking advantage of time outside of class, allowing you to use class time more effectively.

How to Add Canvas to Your Course

Simply log in to Canvas at the Canvas Field Guide to get oriented with the system and for complete information

Posted by March 9, 2021