How to Use Ponder

Ponder is a web application for making and doing practice assignments. On this page we keep an up-to-date guide on how to use Ponder. The easiest way to see how Ponder works is to watch the video below.


Ponder does not support the Safari Web Browser at the moment. Try running Ponder in another browser. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are good alternatives.

User Account

To use Ponder it is necessary to log in with a user account. It is not possible to open Ponder assignments with a link unless you are logged into a user account. Create a new account or log into an existing account and try running the link again.

  • If you open a Ponder assignment in Canvas as a student, you are automatically logged in through your Canvas account.
  • If you want to use Ponder outside of Canvas, you can create a new user by clicking “log in” at


Ponder offers a host of features to make and solve several forms of practice assignments. See this video to see how to use some of these features to solve a specific practice assignment in law.

We describe several features below.

Create Text Boxes

The way to solve practice assignments in Ponder is to write responses in text boxes. Click the “+” icon in the top menu to create a new text box (Video). You may also mark a part of text and click the emerging “+” icon to make a text box that is anchored in the marked part of text in the text field. Delete text boxes by right clicking a text box and choosing the “delete” option in the drop-down menu.

Choose Category

The text boxes in Ponder can have categories. Right-click a text box to choose a category (Video). If you want to change or add a new category, you can do this in settings. Click the button with the cog wheel icon. You may choose name, color and notation for the category.

Connect Text Boxes

Text boxes combine to form complex patterns in Ponder. Click the button with the arrow icon in the top right corner to activate connection mode. You can then link one text box to another by first clicking on one node, then another. Right click on the arrows to change or delete the arrow itself (Video). Click on a text box and then on an arrow to create linked (conjoined) arguments or relevance arguments.


It’s easy to make a mistake when linking text boxes. The easiest way to correct this is to undo. There is an undo button in the top menu (Video). You can also press “ctrl + z” or “cmd + z.” There is also a redo button next to the undo button.

Adjust Text Area, Font Size, and Zoom

All assignments are different. Sometimes you have to read a lot. Other times you just have to work in the diagram. Adjust the text field as needed by clicking on the “margin” between the text field and the diagram field (Video). It is also possible to change the font size in the boxes in the diagram under settings. Zoom in the diagram by dragging two fingers diagonally on the touchpad, or by dragging the mouse wheel on a computer mouse.


Ponder is a program under development. If you want help using the program, or if something doesn’t work as it should, you can contact us at We welcome all feedback.

Assessment and Feedback

When you solve practice assignments in Ponder, you can see if the answer matches a proposed solution. Click on the button where it says “Evaluate” in the top menu to submit the assignment. It may take up to one minute for the assessment mechanism to respond. Click “Dispute” if the assessment is not correct. Open a proposed solution if you are unsure by clicking on “solution.” When you are ready, you can press “Submit” (Video). It is possible to solve the same task several times. The best result is saved in Canvas.

Make Assignments

Contact us at if you want to use Ponder to create assignments for your subject.