Useful Information and Links: New Faculty Orientation Fall 2022

Information compiled from the Q&A session during the Fall 2022 New Faculty Orientation

Resources for Teaching

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learning/Access Center



  • Faculty can use Starfish to send messages, raise concerns and alerts, ask for assistance, provide feedback and referrals, and create an appointment-making platform. Questions about Starfish, contact:
  • Check with your department to learn about departmental policies for attendance. For Institute-wide attendance policies, click here.
  • For a video showing faculty how to use Starfish, click here.


Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) that Pratt uses. Starfish is an online platform that is a student success tool designed to improve communication and workflows around student engagement and support. 

Canvas is the best place to share materials, class information, syllabi, assignment information, files, and more with your students. Sign in with your Pratt OneKey to get started. Here is an overview video of Canvas to get started. When you log on, you will see that your courses have been populated with the students who are enrolled in your classes, and this will continue to happen automatically every semester.

All Canvas courses should include the class syllabus, professor contact information, and the link to the class Zoom (if applicable). We also strongly suggest that any files and materials necessary for the course are posted here, so that students can access all necessary information for their courses in one central location. It is up to you how you wish to use Canvas to best support your courses and teaching style, and we will help you navigate Canvas in the way which best suits you and your students. We recommend that if you choose to record attendance and grades, you use Canvas to do so. More about Pratt’s Attendance Policy can be found here.

For more information about Canvas, check out the Canvas resources on the CTL’s website. There is a link here to all training options available for Canvas, both synchronous and asynchronous.

Technology tools

  • Launchpad provides access to a cloud-based application streaming service (AWS Appstream) enabling Pratt students, faculty and staff to access software typically found in Pratt’s computer lab via a web browser.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud is available for faculty and students, more info here.
  • Pratt faculty, staff, and students have access to Miro. More info here.
  • Pratt faculty, students, and staff also have access to:
    • Milanote
    • VoiceThread
    • Adobe
    • Kanopy
    • JSTOR
  • Any computer in the classrooms or the labs is OneKey accessible.
  • Reach out to the Technology Desk if you have any issues with the equipment in your classroom.
  • Communicating with students: Some departments are using Slack to communicate with students. Otherwise, use Pratt emails or Canvas inbox. Let students know how they can expect to hear from you!
  • Pratt Commons is no longer available to be used to create new sites. Google Sites is a great alternative option if students need to create individual websites in your class.

Department questions

  • Check with your department to learn about programs full course requirements, classroom locations and assigned rooms for your courses, and dedicated spaces for faculty to print.
  • Get in contact with your chair if you’re unsure what building and classroom your course is scheduled for. Once you know what classroom you’ll be in, you can check this page to see what equipment is available in that room.
  • Find the syllabus template at the bottom of this page, and be sure to check with your department for departmental policies and guidelines that should be included. 

Access to spaces

Pratt Senate Links

Information about Fulbright Scholars:

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