CTL Knowledge Base

The Columbia Center for Teaching & Learning maintains a set of FAQs related to various services and platforms.

Knowledge Base

  1. Courseworks2 (Canvas) General 

    1. What is Courseworks2 (Canvas)?
    2. Canvas Transition Plans - Fall 2016
    3. What are the differences between Canvas and Sakai?
    4. How do I get training for Courseworks2 (Canvas)?
    5. Canvas Workshops Fall 2016
  2. Courseworks2 (Canvas) Setting Up Your Course 

    1. How can I migrate content from Courseworks (Sakai) to Courseworks2 (Canvas?)
    2. What are the basics for setting up my course?
    3. How do I add my syllabus?
    4. How do I add Textbooks into My Course in Courseworks2(Canvas)?
    5. How do I import content from another Courseworks2 (Canvas) course?
  3. Courseworks2 (Canvas) Managing Course Content 

    1. What is the storage limit for files in Canvas?
    2. What is the Files Tool?
    3. How do I restrict files and folders permissions in Canvas?
    4. Is Canvas HIPAA Compliant?
    5. How do I upload a file to my course in Courseworks2 (Canvas)?
  4. Courseworks2 (Canvas) Assessing Students 

    1. How do I view student activity in the course?
    2. How do I change the grading scale for my course?
    3. How do I grade student assignment submissions?
    4. Can I download my student's assignments and grade them?
    5. How do I create an item in the gradebook that is not associated with an assignment or test?
  5. Courseworks2 (Canvas) Communicating With Students 

    1. How do I send email to my students?
    2. How do I create an Announcement?
    3. How do I send notifications for new files I upload to Canvas?
    4. How do I access my evaluations (old and current)
    5. How do I create a discussion
  6. CourseWorks (Sakai) General 

    1. Where can I find documentation about CourseWorks?
    2. How do I get further CourseWorks assistance from CTL?
    3. How long will my graduating students have access to their CourseWorks sites?
    4. How do I gain access to CourseWorks as an administrator?
    5. How do I use Delegated Access to find a CourseWorks site?
  7. Courseworks (Sakai) Setting up Your Course 

    1. How to set up a calendar-based syllabus in CourseWorks
    2. How can I add participants (students, TAs, or instructors) from my CourseWorks site?
    3. How can I add links to the left navigation space in my CourseWorks site?
    4. How do I Create and Modify Calendar Events?
    5. What is the best way to get content from Microsoft Word into CourseWorks?
  8. Courseworks (Sakai) Managing Course Content 

    1. What type of documents can be found by CourseWorks' Search tool?
    2. How do I create and add HTML pages in CourseWorks?
    3. How can I hide a file in CourseWorks?
    4. How do I use the page order feature to re order and hide tools in CourseWorks?
    5. Can students upload files into Files and Resources (so everyone can see them)?
  9. Courseworks (Sakai) Assessing Students 

    1. How do I create an Assignment in CourseWorks?
    2. How can I grade multiple CourseWorks' assignments on my desktop?
    3. How can I track what students are doing within CourseWorks?
    4. How do I change the letter grade scale in CourseWorks?
    5. Some recommendations regarding students' assignment submissions in CourseWorks.
  10. Courseworks (Sakai) Communicating With Students 

    1. How do I email my students in CourseWorks?
    2. How do I use Discussion Board in CourseWorks?
    3. How do I use the Announcements Tool in CourseWorks?
    4. Organizing Topics in Discussion Boards
  11. EdBlogs 

    1. As instructor, can I add users to my EdBlog?
    2. Can I invite guests to my EdBlog if they do not have a Columbia University ID (UNI)
    3. What languages does EdBlogs support?
    4. How can I migrate my EdBlog?
    5. How do I add images, video, documents, and other media to my EdBlogs posts and pages?
  12. Wikispaces@Columbia 

    1. Wikispaces, wikischolars Downtime
    2. WikiScholars - Login Errors and Invitations
    3. WikiScholars - Create a Join Code
    4. WikiScholars - Using a Join Code
    5. "Pamacea" error when logging in to wikispaces with Chrome
  13. Mediathread 

    1. Mediathread Workshops for Fall 2016
    2. Mediathread Fall 2016 Release Notes
    3. Collaborating on compositions in Mediathread
    4. Creating compositions in Mediathread
    5. Discussions in Mediathread
  14. Google Apps for Education 

    1. Getting Started with LionMail Google Slides
    2. How can I embed my Google slide show onto wikispaces or courseworks?
  15. Columbia on iTunes U 

    1. Can I add an existing podcast RSS feed to iTunes U?
    2. How do I maintain my iTunes U public collection?
    3. How do I request a course collection on iTunes U?
    4. What audio file formats can be used on iTunes U?
    5. Which document files can I add to my iTunes U course collection?
  16. Digital Classroom - Lewisohn Hall Room 308 

    1. My students will be giving presentations. Can I arrange for them to be trained to use the equipment?
    2. Can I use my notebook/tablet PC with the SMART Board?
    3. I have software that I would really like to use during class. Can I install it on the SMART Board?
    4. The computer is asking me to log in. What is the user name and password?
    5. I have files on my home/office computer. How can I view these files on the SMART Board? How can I move files from the SMART Board to my own computer?
  17. Film Language Glossary 

    1. Can I use the Film Language Glossary outside Columbia?
    2. How can I access the Film Language Glossary?
  18. CUMC Audience Response System (TurningPoint) 

    1. What do I need to get started with using TurningPoint ARS?
    2. I just received TurningPoint ARS training, what do I do now?
    3. What are the system requirements for installing TurningPoint software onto my computer?
    4. How do students setup ResponseWare before class to answer TurningPoint ARS questions?
    5. Is there a text I could put in my CourseWorks site to prepare my students for using TurningPoint ARS and ResponseWare?
  19. Columbia Learn on YouTube 

    1. Are comments monitored on Columbia Learn's YouTube videos?
    2. Can Columbia Learn's YouTube channel be used for non-course purposes?
    3. Can I apply a Creative Commons license to videos that I post on YouTube?
    4. Can I submit a video to the Columbia Learn YouTube channel through my department or by myself?
    5. Can my department maintain its own YouTube channel?
  20. HeartSim 

    1. Heart Simulator Java Security Fix (Mac)
  21. Old CourseWorks 

    1. Old CourseWorks General Information
  22. Video Production Requests 

    1. Can CTL film my course sessions?
    2. How can I use full-length films (or clips) in my classes?
    3. I had a film digitized by CTL, but it's expired. How can I get it back?
    4. How do I add films clip to my course site?
    5. How to request films for courses
  23. VITAL 

    1. Information about VITAL development and code
    2. VITAL Demo Video
    3. VITAL Help Documenation
    4. What is VITAL?
  24. Brownfield Action 

    1. How do I request a username to use Brownfield Action?
    2. How do I create a new course in the Brownfield Action simulation?
    3. How do I set up my course in the Brownfield Action simulation?
    4. How do I set up teams in the Brownfield Action simulation?
    5. How do I activate the teams so they can use the Brownfield Action simulation?
  25. General Information 

    1. CTL Workshops for Fall 2016
    2. What are the hours of operation for Learning Commons
    3. Does CTL offer online courses?
    4. Are there any plagiarism detection tools at Columbia?
    5. May I use CTL's projects in my non-Columbia course?
  26. All articles 

    1. Where can I find documentation about CourseWorks?
    2. Can I add an existing podcast RSS feed to iTunes U?
    3. How do I email my students in CourseWorks?
    4. What type of documents can be found by CourseWorks' Search tool?
    5. Can CTL film my course sessions?
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