Coursewebs and Transition to CourseWorks for the Spring 2015 Semester
Starting with the Spring 2015 semester - all Law School course content will be posted on the CourseWorks system rather than the Law School courseweb system that has been in use for several years. More information about how to use the CourseWorks stystem is available below. All Law School CourseWorks sites are set up with six basic functions (known as "tools"). These are: Announcements, Files and Resources, Mailtool, Echo 360, Lawnet Portal, Textbooks and Site Settings. Instructions on how to use each of these functions is included in the chart below below. By using the Site Settings tool - several other functions can be selected and then included in the site. See the section on Training and Support Resources for more assistance in using the basic tools or any of the other available tools.
Materials posted on the Law School courseweb system in previous semesters have been imported into the CourseWorks system. More information about how to import materials from previous semesters and upload mutilple files is included below.
Students will have access to materials when registration for the Fall 2015 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 - rather than the UNI.
How to Post Content on the CourseWorks System
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Textbook 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.
Three steps to posting textbook information—and now ordering textbooks
Step 1: Log in into CourseWorks
Log into the CourseWorks system
Step 2: Click on “Next Semester”
Once you are logged into the CourseWorks system you should see the courses listed for the current semester. If the course you wish to access is taught the next semester select the “Next Semester” button in the left-hand navigation menu.
You will then see the course number and course title for courses offered next semester. Click on the appropriate course number and the NewCourseworks site for that course should appear.
Step 3: Select “Textbooks” on the left menu, then select “Add textbooks”
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.
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
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 New Media Teaching and Learning -(CCNMTL)
Law School Educational Technology
Director of Educational Technology and Lecturer in Law
Law School IT helpdesk
CCNMTL General Support Information on CourseWorks
CCNMTL Knowledge Base on Using CourseWorks
CCNMTL Support Helpline 212-854-9058 (answered by knowledgeable educational technologists)
CCNMTL Staff Who Support Law Faculty
Educational Technologist II
Educational Technologist II
CCNMTL Faculty Support Lab, Butler Library Room 204
Site Settings - Adding Tools to the Site
By using the Site Settings tool and selecting Edit Tools button - several other functions can be selected and then included in the site. Brief explanations of a few of the more popular tools is included below. See the section on Training and Support Resources for more assistance in using the basic tools or any of the other available tools.
Several tools are available besides the basic tools that are listsed by default. To add a tool - simply select the check box next to a tool scroll down to "continue" then "finish".
Importing Materials from Previous Semesters and Uploading Mutilple Files
To import materials that were posted on the Law School courseweb system in previous semesters - go to Files and Resources - scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Show other sites". If the material has been transfered from the previous Law School courseweb site - it should appear in a folder listed here. You can see all of the folders and files that are available to import.
To actually import folders and files from previous semesters - click on Site Settings and then select Import from Site. Choose "I would like to merge my data" - Then select the course from the semester you would like to import and then the Files and Resources tool and Finish - More explanation is available in the QuickStart: New Courseworks Content Migration Guide.
Files (several files at one time) can be easily uploaded to your CourseWorks site- there is an application called "web dav" that can be used. More information about using "web dav" is available for Windows Computers and Apple Computers.
The 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. This office has written an especially useful guide to “posting course materials online” and a “fair use checklist.”