A publishing platform for teaching and learning

students studyingThe McGraw Commons is an online publishing platform for teaching and learning. It includes several installations of web-based teaching tools, hosted on Princeton servers.Currently, the McGraw Commons offers:WordPress, which can be used to build either traditional websites, or course blogs. It is possible to use both types of installations for posting video, text, maps, or audio files. Commonly, these teaching sites are used for student-created content that is part of a course assignment.

Sites created through the McGraw’s WordPress service can be cumulative, with work remaining from past course offerings (with student permission,) or used as a one-off exercise for a single course. The sites have varying degrees of visibility, depending upon course needs.

Omeka, a web publishing tool that is made for storing and commenting on online collections. Omeka might be used to display a virtual gallery, curated exhibition, archival collection, or other materials that can be best represented by a combination of text and images.

Students can curate course collections in Omeka, as part of a collaborative assignment.

embed and combine maps
Embed maps into posts and combine into a larger map
create a network of posts
Create a network of semantically linked posts
add flashcards
Create flashcards
embed audio
Embed audio and video

Request a site

Blogs and Archives on McGraw Commons may be requested by Princeton University teaching staff for courses offered through the University. To request a blog, an archive, or assistance with using these tools in the classroom, please contact Educational and Classroom Technologies.