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Using Course Management and Collaboration Tools

A series of workshops to help instructors learn to manage course websites, use tools for collaboration, improve presentations, produce video lectures, and create innovative, multimedia-based assignments.

When and Where

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the CTL is holding workshops on course management and collaboration tools in Butler Library Room 204. See the program descriptions below for dates and times.


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These workshops are for faculty and graduate student instructors.

CTL Facilitators

These workshops are led by CTL learning designers.

Program Description

Choose from workshops on CourseWorks (Sakai), CourseWorks (Canvas), Mediathread, Columbia Wikispaces, Audience Response Systems, EdBlogs, and more. All workshops take place in Butler Library Room 204. 

Course Management: Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas)
This workshop provides an overview of the basic features and functionality of a course management system that allows instructors  to build and support engaging courses. During the workshop, instructors  learn how to migrate their content from Courseworks (Sakai), navigate Canvas, manage syllabus and course materials, use quizzing tools, and utilize communication features in the system. Get support and additional resouces for using Canvas, including a list of frequently asked questions, here


There’s more! See a complete list of Spring 2017 CourseWorks Canvas workshops in our events calendar.


CourseWorks (Canvas) Advanced: Teaching with Modules
CourseWorks (Canvas) Advanced: Teaching with Modules builds on lessons learned in the Introduction to Courseworks (Canvas) workshops. During the workshop, instructors will learn how to organize their courses into units called modules to help pace courses, coordinate course content and track student progress through a sequence of learning activities.

  • Monday, January 23, 2017, 2:00 PM3:15 PM – Register
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 2:00 PM3:15 PM – Register

CourseWorks (Canvas) Advanced: Assessment and Grading
CourseWorks (Canvas) Advanced: Assessment and Grading builds on lessons learned in the Introduction to Courseworks (Canvas) workshops. During the workshop, instructors will learn how to set up graded assignments, discussions, and quizzes; assign grades using speedgrader; and organize assignments by groups and weights.

  • Monday, March 27, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Register
  • Monday, April 10, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Register

Introduction to Courseworks (Sakai)
This workshop provides instructors with the basics of how to use the CourseWorks (Sakai) course management system to manage a course. During the workshop, instructors learn how to navigate CourseWorks, edit course pages, add course materials, and utilize communication features in the system.

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Register

Active Learning with EdBlogs
During this workshop, instructors learn how to use WordPress blogs to organize activities designed to help students think about course material and synthesize their understanding through reflection, feedback, collaboration and curation. Professors are encouraged to come to the workshop with their course learning objectives. Through discussion and examples, a learning designer helps attendees get started with an active learning design. Approaches for formative and summative assessment are also covered.

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Register

Using Wikis for Learning and Collaboration
This workshop teaches the basics of Columbia Wikispaces, an online collaboration tool provided to every instructor teaching a registered course at Columbia University. Wikispaces allows professors to share resources with their students—including text, images, video, and links—and promote student collaboration through an easily editable website. The workshop concludes with a hands-on activity where the CTL helps instructors  design their own course wiki for use as an assignment, a content repository, a website, and more.

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Register

Leveraging Media for Close Reading and Analysis using Mediathread
Developed at Columbia, Mediathread is a tool that allows professors and students to perform close analysis of audio, video, and images. In this beginner-level session, instructors  explore methods that improve students’ skills of observation, interpretation, reasoning, judgment and self-reflection using videos, images and text. This hands-on session is for faculty who are new to Mediathread, and for the teaching assistants who support them.


  • Friday, January 20, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Register

Related CTL Programs, Services, and Resources

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