Columbia University Courseworks



A first step for many instructors who want to use technology in the classroom is to set up a course website to help manage course documents and activities. CourseWorks@Columbia, the University’s learning management system (LMS), offers instructors course sites to post readings, library reserves, and syllabi. 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. In addition, some third-party tools, such as the BIgblueButton video conferencing tool and the Piazza discussion tool have been integrated with CourseWorks to provide a seamless learning experience for students.

To get started, log into CourseWorks with your Columbia UNI.

Teaching with CourseWorks

The Center for Teaching and Learning has partnered with the Teaching & Learning Applications group in Columbia University Information technology (CUIT) to introduce new educational technology tools. Fall 2015 through Spring 2016 we will be piloting audience response systems (ARS), video conferencing tools, and high-stakes online testing tools. All instructors are invited to participate. Our first pilot tools are:

Audience Response System (ARS): Turning Point

Video Conferencing Tools

High-Stakes Online Testing Tool: DigiExam

To learn more about the pilot program in a pilot or for more information, please contact us at or call 212-854-9058.

If you are not returning to Columbia next semester, you will need download or forward the important contents of your LionMail inbox to your personal email account because your UNI access will expire after about 10 months. For those that have stored files on the CUNIX directory, you will need to download your files and save them in a personal account.

If there is anything you will need help with, such as downloading files or forwarding emails, you should take care of this before you leave campus so that you can take advantage of the technicians in the CUIT Walk-in Center.

Your UNI will go through several status changes after you leave Columbia. Over the ten months following your departure, your UNI will transition as follows:

  • Active
    • This period will last until the end of final semester for which you registered.
  • Nine-month grace period
    • At the end of the grace period, you will receive an email (in your Columbia email inbox) warning you that your UNI access is set to expire in approximately one month.
  • One-month warning period
    • You will receive weekly warnings that your UNI access is about to expire.
  • Expired

For example, if you depart mid-spring semester, your UNI will be in its grace period until February of the following year. If you register again at Columbia before the grace period is over, your UNI will return to active status automatically.

After you leave Columbia, you will no longer have access to:

  • CUIT computer labs
  • CUIT printers in CUID-restricted areas (labs, etc)

You will maintain access to online Columbia Libraries resources for about six months.

You can send a request to CUIT to set up an auto-reply from your Columbia email inbox to inform people of an alternative email address. When you are ready to have an auto-reply installed, submit a ticket to the CUIT Service Desk with your requested message. The auto-reply will be installed within three days of receipt of your request. Regardless of when your account actually expires, please don't submit the request until you are ready. The auto-reply will remain in effect for up to six months after you request it.

If you are the owner of any club or organization websites or mailing lists, you should also make arrangements to transfer the ownership to someone else. You can begin this process by submitting a ticket to CUIT.

Affiliate School Departures

Please visit your local computing support site to learn about their policies on grace periods:

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