Materials: 3 Must-Know New Features

The Materials tool provides a flexible space for instructors to upload and manage course-related materials. Materials of various types can be uploaded including documents, slides, images, sound files, video clips, and web links.

In CourseWork v5, instructors can now upload multiple files which can be a huge time-saver. The Quick Start Guide provides detailed instructions on how to do this.

Also new to CourseWork v5, instructors now have the option to notify students via email that new materials (e.g., readings, homework solutions) have been added to the CourseWork site. In the Upload File page, select the “High - All participants” option under the Email Notification drop-down menu.

Finally, instructors can allow students to post files to the Materials tool in CourseWork v5. By default, only instructors, TAs, and course admins can upload content. However, this default setting can be modified via Permissions. In the Materials tool, make sure to click on the 'Permissions' link and select the “new” option next to the Student role in the Materials tool. Courses that want to experiment with peer review activities or with student portfolio development activities will greatly benefit from this new capability in the Materials tool.