Course management system for faculty and students, offering tools and features in support of teaching, learning, and collaboration.

Also known as Sakai, Canvas or CW.

CourseWorks is Columbia University's Learning Management System (LMS), providing comprehensive course management for faculty and students, including tools for posting a course syllabus, collaboration and discussion boards, online assignments and tests. The Teaching & Learning Applications team is also currently piloting a new LMS with additional functionality, called Canvas, alongside CourseWorks.

If you are interested in using CourseWorks, or learning more about Canvas, please contact us at

CourseWorks provides state-of-the-art online learning and information sharing tools, while creating a highly interactive educational experience. This robust system offers user-friendly information sharing between instructors and students through collaboration tools, such as direct and group messaging, discussion boards and video conferences; online assignment and test creation; an online grade book; calendaring; and other tools.

Service is available 24x7 at except during pre-announced maintenance periods.

Instructors may:

  • Upload textbook information, syllabus, lecture content, and assignments as text or files
  • Conduct online tests, quizzes and discussions
  • Communicate with students via email and announcements
  • Grade student assignments and upload student grades
  • Conduct group work

Students may:

  • View and download content posted by instructors
  • Participate in online discussions, tests and quizzes
  • Submit assignments and participate in group work
  • View their grades and submit online evaluations

Accessing Course Sites

Course sites are created and populated with instructors and students based on data from the Columbia Registrar. When an instructor or student is listed by the Registrar as being in the course, they will be automatically added to the course site in CourseWorks.


Support documentation for students.
Support documentation for instructors.

Service is available 24x7 at except during pre-announced maintenance periods.


Yes. You may access and modify your courses any time. Normally, classes for subsequent semesters are available a couple of months before the beginning of classes.

Students enrolled in the course will automatically have access to your site.

If you want to add additional members (Columbia affiliates):

  1. Go to the Settings section of CourseWorks.
  2. Click on Set Members.
  3. Enter the UNI of the person you would like to make a member of the course.
  4. Select either "Instructor," "Teaching Assistant," "Non registered Student," or "Non-registered Auditor" to add them.

Please contact your departmental administrator for changes to information in the Directory of Classes.

To create a syllabus in CourseWorks, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your CourseWorks course site.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Activate the syllabus section and click on Save Changes.
  4. There will now be a Syllabus button on the left hand navigation menu. Select this option and click the Create Sessions button.
  5. From here, you can begin to create your syllabus.

For additional help on setting up your syllabus please see the CourseWorks faculty guides or contact CCNMTL at 212-854-9058.

If you are receiving this message, there is an issue with your UNI password.

Before trying to reset your UNI password, be sure that you are typing your UNI in lowercase letters, and are not typing in your full email address (do not include You should be using the small UNI password that you use to access your LionMail or Exchange account. Barnard students must use their UNI to access CourseWorks, not their Barnard account and password.

If you still cannot log in to CourseWorks, try to change your UNI password by using the Manage My UNI Change UNI Password feature. You must now your current UNI password for this.

If you cannot log in successfully to change your UNI password, you can do a self-reset of your UNI password. Please note that if you have not already done so, you will be prompted to set up the answers to the five challenge response questions for future self-reset attempts.

If you are ultimately unable to successfully self-reset your UNI password, please call the CUIT Service Desk at 212-854-1919 or submit a ticket to the Service Desk.