Turnitin Service Alert

November 21, 2016

Please see the following message from Turnitin regarding their scheduled maintenance on December 3rd.

On Saturday December 3rd, the following services will be unavailable from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, due to necessary scheduled maintenance: 

  • Turnitin (including mobile)
  • Integrations

This maintenance will be performed on internal network hardware to increase capacity and ensure continued dependable service to our customers. 

Where applicable, please be aware no submissions or grading will be possible through any of the services listed above during this tiem. We therefore advise that submission deadlines be set outside of this maintenance window.


Spring 2017 CourseDen 

November 14, 2016

Over the winter break, CourseDen will be down just overnight on Saturday, December 17 from 12:01 AM - 7:00 AM for regularly scheduled maintenance! During that time, required upgrades from Brightspace by D2L and Turnitin will be installed by the Board of Regents.


Brightspace by D2L

Brightspace D2L has updated some of the language terms that have been in use for a number of tools. D2L documentation and the D2L Help Center (DHC ​h​elp ​d​esk) are already referring to these tools by their new names. For the Spring term, you will see the following tools referred to by their new names in CourseDen.

  • News has changed to Announcements
  • Dropbox has changed to Assignments
  • Edit Course has changed to Course Admin
  • Pager has changed to Instant Messages
  • In Content, New has changed to Upload/Create
  • In Content, Add Existing Activities has changed to Existing Activities


Turnitin is introducing Feedback Studio. You can try the Feedback Studio demo now so you can see the new look.

​​We understand that these system-level, vendor driven learning management system upgrades can be frustrating and may require edits to your course instructions and documentation. UWG Online's FDC team stands ready to help when you need us.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Online Faculty Development Center at online@westga.edu or 678-839-5989.

New Semester, New Look

Fall 2016

CourseDen logo

Fall 2016 is right around the corner, so with the new semester, we’re debuting a new look to CourseDen! Beginning on August 1st, the default navigation bar for courses will be reorganized. These are only cosmetic changes to improve navigation, consistency, and the student experience and will reflect the new UWG branding. As we discussed in our blog earlier this summer, consistency is key.

new navigation bar


Content Browser Widget Removed

We will also be removing the Content Browser widget (not the Content tool). Although the Content Browser widget allowed users to browse and view recently visited content, students missed important information included in the course such as content descriptions and due dates. Additionally, if users accessed content only through the Content Browser widget, CourseDen could not track their user progress. Because of these concerns, the Content Browser needed to be removed. Students will be directed to use the Content tool in the Navigation bar, which should improve progress tracking and provide them full access to all materials and related information in the course.

Former Content Browser Widgetcontent browser widget


 Redirect to Content Tool redirect to content tool


UWG Updated Links

UWG's updated webpage looks great and it has some new URLs. To help our students find the information they need on the updated site, please replace the URLs for those pages that you might have in your syllabus:

ITS also provided a new and shorter link to the Common Language for Course Syllabi that needs to go in the syllabi for all UWG courses.



Do let us know if you have any questions, comments, or need assistance.

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