CourseWorks (Canvas)

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.

Access CourseWorks

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Scroll down to learn more about teaching with CourseWorks and how you can get support from the CTL.

Teaching 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 has tools for scheduling meetings, assignments and online testing, and student collaboration.

The CTL offers self-paced, online training course that guides instructors through the steps of setting up their course site and highlights various features that enrich the learning experience for students. Watch the quick introduction video above and enroll to access the course.

Get Support

For technical and access issues:

The CourseWorks platform is powered and maintained by CUIT. Contact CUIT by email for technical and access issues.

For teaching and learning:

The CTL supports faculty and administrators in the migration from the Sakai-based learning management system to Canvas. The CTL can assist instructors with learning how to navigate the system; adding tests, quizzes, content, announcements and assignments; and designing the modules.

The CTL offers a range of in-person services and online resources for instructors learning to navigate CourseWorks (Canvas).

In-Person Support

  • 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.
  • Contact the CTL during walk-in and call-in consultation hours.
  • Attend one of the CTL’s weekly training workshops in Butler Library Room 204. 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.

Online Resources