NYU Classes is the official learning management system (LMS) of New York University. Built from an open source platform called Sakai, NYU Classes allows professors to communicate with, post content for, and collect assignments and assessments from registered students. All instructors of record can use Classes to manage their courses. You can also request Classes shells for project and other non-course use. In addition to NYU Classes, there are other online course platform options, such as Google Sites and WordPress.
Here are some considerations to make if you are unsure about whether or not to use NYU Classes shell or some other platform as a learning management system. If you are using a website platform (Google Sites, WordPress, custom site) for your course, please see our Website Creation Guide for tips on designing a site.
|Use||NYU Classes||Google Sites||Google Classroom||WordPress or other blogging platform||Personal hosting (custom html)|
|Advanced discussion tools||Has functional forum tool with threaded commenting. Has decent stats for looking at users’ contributions. Best bet for traditional forum.||Can use “Comments” feature, or can use a Google group to achieve a more||Has a class stream for student’s comments.||Has a robust blogging capability with threaded comments. Best bet for blogging structure (posts with comments).||Can integrate Disqus ($) as an advanced forum tool.|
|Advanced customization||What you see is mostly what you get. You can choose which tools display.||Provides templates, but low level of customization||Provides templates, but low level of customization||The NYU Web Publishing service provides themes and plugins, but limited. A non-NYU WP site allows for unlimited customization with coding skills.||Unlimited customization with coding skills|
|Collaboration||3rd party tool integrations (ex. Voicethread, Meetings Tool and eventual Google Apps) allow for collaboration||Optimal for collaboration (commenting and collective writing) with Google Apps||Allows for collaborative creation with Google Apps||The NYU Web Publishing service provides a blog structure, which allows students to comment and jointly create posts.|
|Google integration||In pilot in NYU Classes (Google Drive and Groups)||Absolutely||Absolutely||The NYU Web Publishing service provides plugins for Google docs integration and iFrame embedding||Unlimited customization with coding skills|
|Grading||Best bet. Automatic Gradebook entries from Forums, Interactive Modules, Tests & Quizzes & Assignments. Automatic uploading to Albert at the end of semester.||You can now create Quizzes with Google Forms!||You can now create Quizzes with Google Forms! You would have to manually tie to your course roster.||Has a plugin for quizzing, which allows for automated learning checks (not recorded).||No inherent grading mechanism, unless coded|
|Multiple levels of permissioning / Access||Registered students are automatically given access from Albert. Other access requires an active NYU net ID to access NYU Classes. You can specify content access by specific student groups, & by TA, instructor.||Allows you to set permissions at the site and individual page level. Permissions include specific people, NYU community, and public.||Can set class permissions to control students’ level of participation.||Site-level permissions include specific people, NYU community, and public. You can also set a password for a page or group of pages.||Public facing; password protected pages achieved with coding|
|Protected content / Sensitive material||This is your best bet since the site is only open to those with an active NYU net ID (and initially registered students). You should still always obtain copyright permissions / fair use policy.||Can set to private, but you should obtain copyright permissions / fair use policy.||Can set to private, but you should obtain copyright permissions / fair use policy.||Can set access to registered users only, but you should obtain copyright permissions / fair use policy.||You should obtain copyright permissions / fair use policy.|
|Quizzing||Robust Tests & Quizzes tool with various question types. Automatic grading (except for short answer and audio answers).||Can use Google forms as a simple quiz delivery system. Will collect answers in a spreadsheet that you could then grade automatically.||Can integrate Google forms||The NYU Web Publishing service provides a quizzing plugin that allows you to create embeddable drag/drop, matching, multiple choice questions that students can use to self assess knowledge (instant feedback).||Custom code in quizzing functionality.|
|Site re-usability||Allows for course shell copying from one semester to another.||Has very easy site copying feature (copies the exact site, with content and styling).||Has a course copying feature.||The NYU Web Publishing service allows for exporting of content, but currently not any theme styling. You can use a single site for multiple semesters, however, but using the navigation bar and menus.||Yes, can copy code and create an identical site.|
You can access NYU Classes by logging in to NYU Home, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the NYU Classes button.
This page will not provide details of how NYU Classes works since the NYU Classes team maintains an excellent knowledge base for Classes (enter keyword: “NYU Classes”), and offers trainings. In other areas of our website, we will highlight NYU Classes tools that offers specific functionality (ex. Forums as an example of a Discussion / Forum tool and Tests & Quizzes as an example of an Assessment tool).
Please visit the NYU Classes knowledge base for complete details on specific tools.