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CourseWorks(Sakai)

Overview

A first step for many instructors who want to use technology in the classroom is to set up a course website to help manage course documents and activities. CourseWorks@Columbia, the University’s learning management system (LMS), offers instructors course sites to post readings, library reserves, and syllabi. A CourseWorks site is a good way to make course material accessible to students at any time — in many cases eliminating paper handouts. Instructors can easily revise course materials as the semester progresses or migrate the materials to a course in the future. CourseWorks also offers has tools for scheduling meetings, assignments and online testing, and student collaboration. In addition, some third-party tools, such as the BIgblueButton video conferencing tool and the Piazza discussion tool have been integrated with CourseWorks to provide a seamless learning experience for students.

To get started, log into CourseWorks with your Columbia UNI.

Teaching with CourseWorks

The Center for Teaching and Learning has partnered with the Teaching & Learning Applications group in Columbia University Information technology (CUIT) to introduce new educational technology tools. Fall 2015 through Spring 2016 we will be piloting audience response systems (ARS), video conferencing tools, and high-stakes online testing tools. All instructors are invited to participate. Our first pilot tools are:

Audience Response System (ARS): Turning Point

Video Conferencing Tools

High-Stakes Online Testing Tool: DigiExam

To learn more about the pilot program in a pilot or for more information, please contact us at ColumbiaCTL@columbia.edu or call 212-854-9058.

CourseWorks is Columbia University's Learning Management System (LMS), providing comprehensive course management for faculty and students, including tools for posting a course syllabus, collaboration and discussion boards, online assignments and tests. The Academic Services team is has recently transitioned CourseWorks to use a new LMS with additional functionality, called Canvas.

If you are interested in using CourseWorks, or learning more about Canvas, please contact us at courseworks-admin@columbia.edu.

CourseWorks provides state-of-the-art online learning and information sharing tools, while creating a highly interactive educational experience. This robust system offers user-friendly information sharing between instructors and students through collaboration tools, such as direct and group messaging, discussion boards and video conferences; online assignment and test creation; an online grade book; calendaring; and other tools.

Service is available 24x7 at https://courseworks.columbia.edu/ except during pre-announced maintenance periods.

Instructors may:

  • Upload textbook information, syllabus, lecture content, and assignments as text or files
  • Conduct online tests, quizzes and discussions
  • Communicate with students via email and announcements
  • Grade student assignments and upload student grades
  • Conduct group work

Students may:

  • View and download content posted by instructors
  • Participate in online discussions, tests and quizzes
  • Submit assignments and participate in group work
  • View their grades and submit online evaluations

Accessing Course Sites

Course sites are created and populated with instructors and students based on data from the Columbia Registrar. When an instructor or student is listed by the Registrar as being in the course, they will be automatically added to the course site in CourseWorks.

Documentation

Support documentation for students
Support documentation for instructors

Service is available 24x7 at https://courseworks.columbia.edu/ except during pre-announced maintenance periods.

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