Posting Course Materials on CourseWorks - Using the New Canvas System for Fall 2018 Courses
The Law School will be making the transition to the Columbia University supported Canvas learning management system for all courses for the Fall 2018 semester. In order to simplify the transition the layout of the Canvas version of CourseWorks that the Law School will use has been deliberately configured to match, as much as possible, the layout of the version of CourseWorks that the Law School has been using. Materials that were posted in the "Files and Resources" section of courses from Fall 2017 will be copied into the "Files" section of the Fall 2018 Canvas sites. An import tool is also available to copy any other materials from the previous CourseWorks system to the new Canvas System. This is being done to cut down on the steps required to set up the Fall 2108 course sites.
All Law School CourseWorks sites are set up with nine basic functions called "Navigation Links". These are: Announcements, Files, New Mailtool, Echo 360, Lawnet Portal, Textbooks, Course Info, People and Settings. Instructions on how to use each of these functions is included in the chart below below. By clicking on Settings at the bottom of the left hand menu - then Navigation - Navigation Links can be dragged from the bottom list and dropped into the area in the top of the page to activate additional functions such as Assigments, adding Pages, etc. See the section on Training and Support Resources for more assistance in using the basic tools or any of the other available tools.
Students will have access to materials to Fall 2018 course sites when student registration for the Fall 2018 semester is released - at some point duing August. The Law School Registrar will let faculty know when the student registration is in the system.
To access a CourseWorks site - simply log into CourseWorks with your UNI. https://courseworks.columbia.edu
Please note that the Law School LawNet services for registration (class lists and seating charts), grades, and course evaluations is still being used for these functions. The LawNet service uses the Law School specific login -
****** Please see the updated - Frequently Asked Questions below - and the Quick Start Guide from the Law School IT Department ******
How to Post Content on the CourseWorks System
Texbook Information for Law School Courses
Where to find textbook information for Law School courses:
Textbook information that has been entered into the CourseWorks database can be found in the following places:
How to post textbook information for Law School courses:
Columbia University has created a specialized database for entering textbook information as a part of the University CourseWorks system. Because this database is a University resource (not a Law School service), faculty will need use their “UNI” (not LawNet) network ID to access this service.
Book orders will be created from the information posted
The University Bookstore uses the data posted on the CourseWorks system to order books. The Law School Secretariate will no longer contact faculty to inquire about ordering textbooks.
Four steps to posting textbook information—and now ordering textbooks
Step 1: Log in into CourseWorks
Log into the CourseWorks system
At the [email protected] Welcome page you should use the login button to the left under CourseWorks (powered by Canvas) and select "UNI LOGIN".
Step 2: Click on "My Courses" in the Global Navigation Bar then the tab for “Next Semester”
You will then see the course number and course title for courses offered next semester (Fall 2018). Click on the appropriate course number and the Canvas site for that course should appear. Canvas courses have the symbol.
Step 3: Select “Textbook” on the left menu, then select “Add textbooks”
Step 4: Enter ISBN number or go to next page to "Add new textbook" information
The CourseWorks database was designed so that the only information required is to enter an ISBN number. The CourseWorks database is connected with another database that will retrieve the book title, author, publisher and copyright information and yet another database that will retrieve price information. This information will be transmitted to the Columbia University Bookstore and books will be ordered for your course. To add books without the ISBN number - select the next page (the "Ckick here" option) to enter the information in the fields provided.
Once the textbook information is displayed there is also a “notes” box that will appear. This is where any additional message about the book you wish to enter can also be displayed to students.
Training and Support Resources
There is a wide range of materials that are available on the web that help to explain how to use the Canvas system - generally. The Courseworks Knowledgebase created by the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is available here: http://support.ctl.columbia.edu
Instructure, the company that produces the Canvas system has many online training options available: https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/training
For assistance in learning more about using the CourseWorks system you can contact the Law School Educational Technology Department, IT help desk or use the resources at the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning -(CTL)
Law School Educational Technology
Director of Educational Technology and Lecturer in Law
[email protected] 212-854-3198
Law School IT helpdesk
Support Helpline 212-854-9058 (answered by knowledgeable educational technologists)
Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning Staff Who Support Law Faculty
Educational Technologist II
[email protected] 212-854-0208
General Support Information on CourseWorks (Canvas)
Additional Canvas help Available from CTL
CTL Faculty Support Lab, Butler Library Room 204
The schedule of classes in the CTL Faculty Support Lab over the summer to train faculty on how to use Canvas is availble here:
Settings - Using NAVIGATION to add more features
By clicking on Settings at the bottom of the left hand menu - then Navigation features can be dragged from the bottom list and dropped into the area in the top of the page to activate the feature.
See the section on on Training and Support Resources for more assistance in learning more about the other Canvas features.
Many other features and tools are available besides the basic tools that are listsed by default.
Importing Materials from Previous Semesters
Materials that were posted in the "Files and Resources" section of courses from Fall 2017 (Sakai version of CourseWorks) will be copied into the "Files" section of the Fall 2018 Canvas sites. An import tool is also available to copy any other materials from the previous CourseWorks system to the new Canvas System. More information about migratging course content from Sakai to Canvas is available here.
Using CourseWorks for the First Time - the new Global Navigation functions
Log in into CourseWorks has not changed and CourseWorks menus on the top level has not changed. Courses from previous semesters remain available under the "Past Courses" button. The listing of the Fall 2018 Canvas courses have the Canvas icon and when you select the Fall 2018 course - the Canvas interface will be activated. Each course has its own set of course navigation links -such as Home, Announcements, Files, etc. To the left is the set of buttons with the blue background kown as the "Golbal Navigation" bar that has several functions. Please see this page to learn more about the Global Navigation bar -https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12882-4152719650.
CourseWorks Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the new CourseWorks Canvas system, Sakai and Lawnet?
CourseWorks is the University learning management system. It is used by more than 3,000 courses from almost every part of the University. The CourseWorks Canvas system is being used for Law School courses begining with the Fall 2018 semester. Canvas has replaced the Sakai platform that was previously used at the Law School starting in the Spring 2015 semester. All other departments and divisions at the University have already made the transition from Sakai to Canvas.
LawNet is the Law School database that has class lists, seating charts, grades, and course evaluations. The LawNet service uses the Law School specific login - rather than the UNI
How do I log into CourseWorks?
You can do directly to the CourseWorks page at:
https://courseworks.columbia.edu and use your UNI username and password
a link is also available from the Columbia.edu home page main menu
What if I do not know my UNI for CourseWorks?
There is a web site at the University where you can try to recover your password:
If that does not work, you can call:
CUIT Service Desk: support by phone 212-854-1919
or Email [email protected]. (Brian Donnelly can also submit a ticket on your behalf at the University if these options do not seem to work.)
What if I do not know my law school username and password for Lawnet?
Please contact the Law School helpdesk support by phone 212-854-1370 or by email at [email protected]
How do I send an email to my class?
There are two ways to get a message out to your students:
1. Use the “Announcements” tool and choose the option to send an email at the bottom of the page; or
2. Use the “New Mail tool”
How do I post a syllabus?
Most faculty post their syllabus in the "Files" section. Usually by creating a folder with the title syllabus and then uploading a file to the folder.
CopyrightThe Law School participates in the Copyright Clearance Center program for obtaining permission to use copyrighted materials in both hard-copy “coursepacks” and materials posted online in the Courseweb system.
Copyright laws apply equally to both hard-copy and digitally distributed materials on Coursewebs. Further information about copyright issues can be found at the Columbia Libraries/Information Services Copyright Advisory Office.