• CourseDen Tutorials
  • Other Tutorials
  • Training Offered
    Please navigate through our tutorials below to learn more about CourseDen (Brightspace D2L).

    Use the direct link to log into CourseDen.

    New for Fall 2017

    CourseDen has a new look! To learn more, check out our interactive webpage and see our Announcements page with more details.


    Faculty Services

    The following section features services the FDC provides for instructors. These services are useful in keeping up to date with the latest training, course development, and tools being used at UWG. See also our information on QM Training Program5-Star ReviewsOnline Learning Consortium, Syllabus Resources, Online Instruction Calculator, Policies and Procedures, and our UWG Online blog.


    • iApollo

      What is iApollo?

      iApollo is a positive learning space to share

      • individual successes
      • best practices
      • tips and tricks for increasing student achievement, retention, and instructor life balance
      • the latest trends in online and distance education

      iApollo is sent out every other Tuesday.  Members of the iApollo community and faculty from all around campus are invited to join in on the conversation by submitting information and articles.

      Sign up for our mailing list.

      Interested staff are welcome to join, too!

      News & Updates

      Our staff is dedicated to helping students succeed in online courses and enabling success of distance faculty on teaching topics rather than technology details.

      Learn more about the latest trainings and services the UWG Online FDC has to offer. Past videos.

      Tip of the Week

      From how to use tools in CourseDen to Google Apps, see the latest tips to using these technology enhanced tools for online learning. Full list of topics.


    • Atomic Learning/Hoonuit

      Atomic Learning/Hoonuit provides universities unlimited access to a library of over 60,000 how-to tutorials, in- depth training workshops, and technology integration projects on over 250 commonly used applications.

      Other features include:

      • Ability to easily integrate training videos within your CourseDen course.
      • Student-focused and pedagogical workshops on the effective use of technology.
      • 508 compliant with training on assistive technology to help create a barrier-free campus.
      • Career Skills provide the soft skills training needed for academic and career growth.

      To access atomic learning online, your login credentials will be your UWG ID and password.

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    • Crosslisting Sections

      Multiple sections of a course or multiple courses can be grouped together in CourseDen. Read our crosslisting tutorial to find out more.

    • Google Apps

      Google Drive is a Web-based office suite all in one location. It allows you to create, edit and manage documents, presentations and spreadsheets while collaborating online in real-time. With Google spreadsheets and forms, you can learn to create, save, and enter data which can be shared with respondents of your choice. As they respond, their answers will be stored in a spreadsheet which you can use to analyze, graph and share the results. Access Google Drive.

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      Google Sites

      Google Sites is the easiest way to make information accessible to people who need quick, up-to-date access. People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content. Visit the Google Sites Help Center for more information.

      Beginner's guide to creating a site

      1. Step 1 - Welcome to Google Sites
      2. Step 2 - Creating your site
      3. Step 3 - Building and editing your site
      4. Step 4 - Site access
      5. Step 5 - Advanced site tips
    • Kaltura MediaSpace Services

      Kaltura MediaSpace is an online multi-media tool that allows users to create, edit, stream, manage, access, and collaborate on multi-media projects. The tool can be used to easily capture audio and video, as well as deliver related documents or files. The tools can be accessed two ways, though options may vary depending on the access point:

      1. Use Kaltura MediaSpace Integration with courses in D2L/CourseDen - to share with students only (by default)
      2. Use Kaltura MediaSpace via a public facing website - currently read-only access has been granted

      This Quick Start Guide will help you get started with some of the different Kaltura MediaSpace services.

      For more comprehensive information, you can view this page dedicated specifically to Kaltura MediaSpace.

    • Piktochart

      Piktochart helps you to create infographics, share and get results in 3 easy steps. No design experience required. Using your UWG Google+ account (associated with your UWG GMail account), you can create a free, limited account.

      Visit their website for more information.

    • PowToon

      PowToon will create the world’s most minimalist, user friendly and intuitive presentation software that allows someone with no technical or design skills to create engaging professional “look and feel” animated presentations. Using your UWG Google+ account (associated with your UWG GMail account), you can create a free, limited account. For more information, visit their website.

      If you like to learn more about PowToon, visit their Blog, Cartoon Marketing E-Book, PowToon Examples, Knowledge Base, and Tutorials.

    • Prezi

      Prezi is a free web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single, infinite canvas instead of traditional slides.

      Prezi provides discounts to students and teachers who sign up with a school email address. If you do not have an email associated with your educational institution, please see the standard pricing. For more information vist their website.

    • ReadSpeaker

      The CourseDen ReadSpeaker Integration automatically enables ReadSpeaker online text-to-speech technology for CourseDen’s HTML content page for all users. Any student can hear their HTML course content spoken aloud or download it as an MP3 using only their internet browser. Students can also highlight and play back a subset of the content.

      Currently, this technology only works for HTML files created within CourseDen. If you think there is an issue with your ReadSpeaker, be sure your are trying to listen to a CourseDen HTML file.

      For a complete walkthrough, please visit our Student/Instructor ReadSpeaker Guide.


    • Screencast-O-Matic


      Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen and webcam recorder that captures video from your computer screen and allows you to share it via Screencast-O-Matic.com, YouTube, or save it to a video file. Visit Screencast-O-Matic for further information.

      For more information about Screencast-O-Matic, check out there Knowledge Base, Tutorials,F.A.Q.s, Common Issues, and all other articles.

    • Smarthinking

      Smarthinking provides both synchronous and asynchronous assistance to UWG students/instructors in online courses, off-campus (Newnan, Douglasville, etc.) courses, and QEP courses. In order for students to access Smarthinking, the integrated link must be added to a course in CourseDen. To add the Smarthinking link to your course, please follow the steps listed in the Adding Smarthinking in CourseDen document.

      You may ​also ​request to ​add ​UWG Online's ​Smarthinking ​resource ​module​ by completing the following form: Request to Add Smarthinking Resource Module. The module consists of the integrated link to Smarthinking, Smarthinking instructions and resources, and other important requested UWG resources for your students.​ ​After submitting the form, the UWG Online Team will place ​the resource module into your course​(s)​.

      Please keep the following in mind when using Smarthinking in your course(s):

      • A new request for the Smarthinking resource module must be submitted each term,as the Smarthinking integrated link itself is associated with the unique course identification number and not a user account.
      • When requiring or suggesting its use in your course for writing submissions, please familiarize yourself with the required settings students must choose upon submission. The following document will identify these settings so that you may direct your students accordingly: Using Smarthinking's Writing Center

      For more specific information about the types of services and subjects available through Smarthinking, view their services and subjects. Additionally, you may contact the UWG Online Help Desk, and your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate representative:online@westga.edu or 678-839-6248.

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    • Turnitin

      Turnitin is an originality checking and plagiarism prevention service used by millions of students and faculty and thousands of institutions worldwide. Turnitin encourages best practices for using and citing other people’s written material. It offers a complete web-based service to manage the process of submitting and tracking papers electronically, providing better—and faster—feedback to students.

      In a continued effort to support UWG's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), UWG Online's Faculty Development Center offers faculty training and assistance for both integrated and non-integrated versions of Turnitin. The tools available through Turnitin can help faculty "improve undergraduate writing in the core curriculum" and beyond. Through Turnitin, faculty are able to provide effective, engaging feedback that "enhance[s] student writing competence."

      Turnitin Integration with CourseDen

      The integrated feature is located and activated from within the CourseDen Assignments. The integrated version offers all of the same Turnitin features as a Turnitin.com account except for Peer Review. Instructors access the Originality Check and GradeMark from within Assignments itself. No separate login or account creation is required.

      A Dropbox assignment that has Turnitin activated will have the following icon next to the submission link. Students will be able to see the icon as well, but they may not know what it represents. Therefore, it is important for the instructor to provide information about the use of Turnitin and his/her policy regarding academic integrity.

      Turnitin.com Account

      Faculty also have the option to create a Turnitin.com account external from CourseDen. This account will require a separate login for both students and faculty. Another difference from the integrated version is faculty will have access to the Peer Review tool, which is not currently available in CourseDen. Those wishing to learn more about this account or would like to create an account need to contact the UWG Online Faculty Development Center at online@westga.edu or 678-839-5289.

      Turnitin iPad App

      The Turnitin iPad app may be used for both the integrated and non-integrated versions. It offers all of the same features and tools as the corresponding versions, and it may be used offline. Those who have a Turnitin.com account and use the integrated piece may seamlessly switch between the two. An access code is required to set up the app with the integrated version. See instructions below for guidance.

      For additional information or training on Turnitin,  contact the UWG Online Faculty Development Center at online@westga.edu or 678-839-5289.

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    • WinSCP

      WinSCP is a free open source SFTP client for Windows. It allows file transfering between a local and remote computer and offers scripting and basic file manager functionality. Use this program to upload content to your student web directory. For more information about WinSCP visit their website.

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    Faculty Software

    Contact the UWG Online Faculty Development Center to learn more about our supported tools and software.

    • Supported Tools and Software

      The University or UWG Online have the following software and license agreements that can help support your face-to-face and online courses. Contact UWG Online for assistance.

      • Brightspace by D2L / CourseDen is provided as the main Learning Management System for the University.
      • Camtasia - This application allows for users to record screen-captures from a computer, with accompanying narration if desired, edit the records, and encode them in multiple delivery formats. The Online Faculty Development Center has laptops with Camtasia software available for faculty to check out. The College of Ed and the College of Business have purchased licenses for their keyserver, so there are a select number of licenses which can be shared amongst the labs and/or users desktops within their colleges.

      • Blackboard Collaborate Tools - There is a campus-wide license for the following Blackboard Collaborate Tools:
          • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra - Live and recorded, two-way audio and/or video presentation application; it allows for application sharing, on-the-fly assessments and surveys, instant messaging, texting, mark-ups via an integrated whiteboard, and has a phone-bridge in case participants need to call in via a regular phone line.
          • Blackboard Collaborate IM - Allows instructors, students and staff to collaborate outside the learning management system in an Instant Messaging environment. The software automatically populates the students enrollments per semester from the learning management system. This tool can be utilized for office hours, teamwork, across campus messaging, whiteboard, and voice/video conferencing.

      • Turnitin - UWG Online offers faculty Turnitin integration with CourseDen's Dropbox. The integration features GradeMark and OriginalityCheck. Turnitin accounts are also offered externally with the addition of the PeerMark tool.
      • ReadSpeaker - The CourseDen ReadSpeaker Integration automatically enables ReadSpeaker online text-to-speech technology for CourseDen’s HTML content page for all users. Any student can hear their HTML course content spoken aloud or download it as an MP3 using only their internet browser. Students can also highlight and play back a subset of the content.
      • Respondus Test Creator & StudyMate - Respondus Test Creator is a program that allows users to create tests that can be imported into CourseDen (D2L). Studymate allows users to create study items, including flash cards, crosswords, etc.
      • Atomic Learning - Atomic Learning provides a plethora of software training and support resources pertinent to teaching online at undergraduate and graduate levels.
      • Smarthinking - Used for online tutoring, paper review, writing assistance, and general subject help for online West Georgia students.
      • Wikispaces - Wikispaces are websites that allow you to quickly create a number of inter-linked pages by way of simple text editors.
      • CoursEval Server - This software allows for the automation of faculty and course evaluations for online courses.
      • Video Tools - We support the following tools for creating videos:
        • PowToon - minimalist, user friendly, intuitive software for creating animated presentations.
        • Prezi - a free web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single, infinite canvas instead of traditional slides.
        • Screencast-O-Matic - a free screen and webcam recorder that captures video from your computer screen and allows you to share it via Screencast-O-Matic.com, YouTube, or save it to a video file.

      Our department also has experience with and can provide limited support with the use of the following free open-source tools for use in the online classroom:

      Google Apps

      • Google Drive - Collaborative cloud based sharing for Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Sheets, and many more formats
      • Google Docs - Google Docs is part of Google Drive and allows for collaborative editing of documents
      • Google Forms - Part of Google Drive, allows users to quickly create and post an online form or survey online, for which the results are automatically collected in a Google Sheet (spreadsheet that can be downloaded into a .csv file for easy import into SPSS or other statistical analysis package)
      • YouTube - Repository for sharable video content

      Audacity - Free audio recorder and editor

      RSS feed creator - Allows instructor to include an RSS feed of their choice, within their CourseDen course

    • Faculty Downloads

      This list of downloads shows the recommended software to use CourseDen effectively. See Technology for Courses for additional information.

      Supported Internet Browsers

      Java Plug-In

      • Java Update
        Click on the download button; the website can tell whether you're on Windows or Mac and will download the appropriate version.

      Other Recommended Software

      For a list of software available through the University for your instructional needs, please see the Service Catalog at Information Technology Services.



    Workshops | One-on-One | Virtual | By-Phone

    We offer online and face-to-face training on distance education technologies and best practices, via our regular scheduled group training or one-on-one consultations at your convenience. If you can't find what you need, contact us to set up an appointment.

    For training videos, please check out UWG Online's YouTube Channel

    In case you missed it before the upgrade, we do have a list of "what's new" in the various components of D2L. You can find it on the UWG Online announcements page.

    Join our mailing list today to hear about training opportunities first.

    CourseDen training
    Learn more about individual CourseDen features, from Assignments to Quizzes. Join us in the FDC or live from your desk, via a Google Hangout or the YouTube stream.

    One-on-One in-your-office personalized training
    Email us at online@westga.edu, or call ext. 95289, and we'll set up an appointment with you.

    Dedicated departmental training
    Schedule a group training for your department today! Sessions individualized to meet your department's needs are available just for the asking. Email us at online@westga.edu, or call ext. 95289

    See UWG Online Workshops & Training for more information regarding session topics and descriptions.

    CourseDen Maintenance Calendar

    Routine, periodic maintenance is essential to keep GeorgiaVIEW operating smoothly. Both GeorgiaVIEW environments must undergo scheduled maintenance on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of each month. The complete schedule can be found on the USG ITS maintenance webpage..

    During the maintenance windows, the GeorgiaVIEW service will be temporarily unavailable. Faculty should schedule quiz and assignment submission deadlines BEFORE the maintenance period begins. (10:00pm instead of midnight) Students should plan to complete work BEFORE the maintenance begins. GeorgiaVIEW is usually returned to service 1-2 hours after maintenance begins. However, the entire window is always reserved in case additional work is necessary.



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