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.

Watch the quick introduction video above and enroll to access the Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas) training course. (More details below under ‘Online Resources.’)

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 ColumbiaCTL@columbia.edu 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

  • Enroll in the CTL’s self-paced, online training courses:
    • Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas) Online: This self-paced training course helps faculty, graduate students, staff, and other members of the Columbia teaching community learn about the various features offered by CourseWorks (Canvas). The course guides instructors through the steps of setting up their course site and highlights various features that enrich the learning experience for students. A flexible alternative to the CTL’s live training sessions, the course also provides opportunities to interact with peers and Canvas experts at the CTL.
    • Assessment and Grading in CourseWorks (Canvas): An advanced take on the Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas) Online course, this self-paced training provides instructors with an in-depth understanding of the assessment and grading features in CourseWorks (Canvas). Participants learn about setting up assignments within CourseWorks using various tools, and navigate the different grading features available within CourseWorks to grade assignments, quizzes, and discussions. The course itself models the ways in which Canvas can be used for different course activities.

  • Access the CTL’s CourseWorks Knowledge Base where you can find online resources and documentation on topics including: