Teaching with CourseWorks
Set Up Discussions in CourseWorks
CourseWorks provides an integrated discussion tool that allows for interactive communication between instructors and students, focused discussions, and graded assignments.
Create and Grade Assignments (for setting up HW and Take-Home Exams) in CourseWorks
Instructors can create assignments in CourseWorks, and students can submit them electronically. Once students have submitted assignments, the CourseWorks Gradebook allows instructors to enter grades, track students and their progress, and calculate and submit final grades to SSOL.
- Learn how to Create an Assignment in CourseWorks.
- Review the CTL’s quick video tutorial on Using the Gradebook in CourseWorks.
- Engage in a full overview of creating and grading assignments in CourseWorks in the CTL’s self-paced course: Assessment and Grading in CourseWorks.
Create Online Exams (for timed Exams and Quizzes)
To set up timed exams and quizzes, please use the Canvas Quizzes feature. For take-home exams please see the paragraph above.
When created as a quiz, students have to take an actual action to access the exam (e.g. clicking on “Take this quiz”). At this point, a timer that marks how much time they have left to submit will appear (this timer is optional though). Below are the main approaches to creating exams online:
- Uploading the paper exam as a PDF file. Students would essentially download the file and submit their complete exam through a File Upload question. As is the case with uploading any sensitive content to Canvas, you should upload the exam file to a Restricted Folder in the Files section. This will prevent students from being able to see the exam in the Files section before they start the actual exam. See instructions on how to restrict files and folders to students in Canvas.
- The exam questions can be created directly on a Canvas quiz, so that students can submit their responses. This approach can also allow for uploading file. This can only be done as a quiz. Some exams can be set up with auto-graded exams (particularly exams that have multiple choice, true/false or numeric entry questions).
The following resources offer additional options to facilitate and support remote classes.
- Host a video conference with BigBlueButton (built into CourseWorks).
- Use collaborative tools freely available through Lionmail Drive such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts, and more:
- Learn more about Lionmail Drive at Columbia.
- Review best practices and strategies for engaging students in online teaching and learning.
- Learn about blended learning practices and experience a guided design process for a blended lesson or unit of study in the CTL’s self-paced course: Blended Learning Essentials.
- Read about Actively Engaging Students in Asynchronous Online Classes (Riggs and Linder, 2016).