Ed Discussion


Ed Discussion is available for FAS courses in the 2021-22 academic year. To enable Ed Discussions in your Canvas site:

  • Navigate to your Canvas course and click the Settings link in the left side bar
  • Select the Navigation tab
  • Drag the "Ed Discussion" tool just under Home and Announcements to enable it
  • Disable the Canvas "Discussions" tool if not in use
  • Click Save
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Microsoft Whiteboard IconMicrosoft Whiteboard (part of Office365, and available to faculty, staff, and students in FAS) supports individual and collaborative whiteboards. 

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Labster gives students access to a virtual lab experience that will let them perform experiments and practice their skills when they are unable to use on-campus facilities. Please contact to learn more about the process and cost for licensing Labster for use in your course.


Gradescope logoGradescope is a web-based assessment and rubric tool that is  software is available to instructors teaching in the FAS. Gradescope, which integrates with Canvas via LTI, allows instructors to...

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Canvas Behind the Scenes

Helpful behind the scenes info on how Canvas integrates with my.harvard, common administrative questions, and more.

Data Feeds

Canvas gets data feeds from my.harvard every 5 minutes, including:

  • Course catalog information (course description)
  • Class roster (instructors, enrolled students, prospective enrollees, teaching fellows)
  • Sections


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Using Zoom to Teach Your Class Online

As an instructor, Zoom can help keep your class going if you or your students have a situation that keeps you from meeting in person. Synchronous online class sessions, where everyone joins a Zoom meeting at a scheduled time, is one way to create engagement when students are remote, but Zoom can also be used to support other teaching and learning scenarios. Zoom can be used on laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, and even desk phones, giving students many ways to access the class session.

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