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CourseWorks Support

What is CourseWorks?

Columbia’s learning management system, CourseWorks, is at the center of many instructional technology activities. CourseWorks is supplemented and enhanced by tools that support a range of instructional objectives, such as tools for online collaboration, presentations, lecture capture, audience response, media annotation, and electronic portfolios. The CTL researches and experiments with new digital and media tools, expanding the opportunities for instructional activities that can be enhanced by technology.

Get Support

Do you need assistance with CourseWorks? Would you like to learn more about how CourseWorks can support your teaching?

There are two places on campus to get help:

Content Creation Issues

The CTL supports faculty and administrators with learning how to navigate CourseWorks; add tests, quizzes, content, announcements and assignments; design modules; and discuss ways in which CourseWorks can best serve teaching and learning needs.

Explore resources. Access the CTL’s CourseWorks Knowledge Base where you can find online resources and documentation.

Talk to an expert. Set up a one on one consultation with the CTL Learning Designer to discuss the purposeful integration of educational technologies into your class.

Attend workshops. Be part of an in-person workshop in Butler 204.

Get started. Explore the self-paced “Intro to CourseWorks (Canvas) Online” course.

Measure the learning. Explore the self-paced “Assessment and Grading in CourseWorks (Canvas) Online” course.

CourseWorks Gradebook: The new Gradebook offers an enhanced way of entering grades and tracking students and their progress in CourseWorks. Please see a screencast for a brief overview of the new Gradebook as well as helpful resources.

Technical Issues

The CourseWorks platform is powered and maintained by CUIT. If you or your students have technical or access issues, email CUIT directly at

You can also visit the CourseWorks tips and tricks resource.

Open Hours Schedule

View our open hours. Contact the CTL during open hours for help with CourseWorks. 

Receive an In-Person Consultation

Email to set up a consultation or contact a CTL Learning Designer for the CTL Learning Designer assigned to your school or department. Our Learning Designers help promote the purposeful use of educational technologies for hybrid and online education.

Teach with CourseWorks

Your CourseWorks site makes it easy to post your syllabus, course objectives, and textbooks, communicate with students, and more. 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 tools for scheduling meetings, assignments and online testing, and student collaboration.

The CTL researches and experiments.

The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning provides an array of resources and tools for instructional activities.