NYU Classes

NYU Classes is a Learning Management System (LMS) built on the Sakai CLE (Collaborative Learning Environment) platform. Some of the many benefits are improved performance, workflow, and a contemporary user interface making coursework easier to manage by instructors, and easier to navigate by students.

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How to Access NYU Classes

  1. Login to NYU Home with your NetID and password.
  2. From the Academics tab, find the NYU Classes card and click GO.
  3. Your most recent course sites are displayed along the top by default.  Click My Sites for a list of all sites to which you have access.


Activate NYU Classes Course Site

  1. Login to NYU Classes.
  2. From the Home tab, click Set Up Course Sites.
  3. Select the Academic Term, then click Continue.
  4. From the list of courses, click the course you wish to activate, check the box next to the section, then click Continue.
    Checking the box for more than one section will combine those section rosters into a single course site.
  5. Modify the Site Title as needed (appending the term name helps avoid confusion, e.g. FA17).
  6. Verify the course number and Site Title are correct, then click Create Site.
  7. Click the link to view your site.
  8. Click the Panopto link to initialize the lecture recording service.  Panopto will not record any class sessions at this point.  See our Panopto instructions to schedule lecture recordings.
  9. Remember to click the Publish Now button to make the course site visible to your students.


Publish or Unpublish a Course Site

To publish a site:

  1. Login to NYU Classes.
  2. Click the Publish Now button at the top of the page.

To unpublish a site:

  1. Login to NYU Classes.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Manage Access.
  4. Select Leave as draft.
  5. Click Update.


Add a Participant

  1. Go to your NYU Classes course site.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Add Participants.
  4. Enter the NetID of the participant, then click Continue.
  5. Select the appropriate role, then click Continue.
  6. Choose whether or not to send an email to inform the user, then click Continue.
  7. Click Finish.


Edit Course Site Title and Description

To confirm which course site you are editing, click Settings, then look at Term and Roster(s) with site access.  Course site with similar titles can be distinguished by searching for processor or course title, then checking the Course ID/Code listed in the roster (e.g. LAW-LW.12345.001).

  1. Go to the NYU Classes course site you wish to edit.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Edit Site Information in the top toolbar.
  4. As needed, edit the Site Title, Description, and Short Description.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Review the changes, then click Finish to save.


Setup Panopto Lecture Capture

Panopto is the lecture recording system used throughout the Law School classrooms.  Please refer to our Panopto instructions for help scheduling a recording (one-time or recurring).

You must click the Panopto tool on the left-hand side of your course site to activate its functionality.  Lectures cannot be recorded until this is done.


Copy Content from One Course Site to Another

From an existing NYU Classes course:

  1. Go to Settings > Import from Site.
  2. Select ‘Merge’ to copy material from another course into your new course shell, or ‘Replace’ to overwrite all material in the target course shell. Click ‘Continue’.
  3. Select the course you wish to copy material from, and click ‘Continue’
  4. Finally, select which material you wish to copy from the other course shell, and click ‘Finish’.

From a Blackboard Archive file (please email to get an archive file for any course which was not migrated from Blackboard to NYU Classes)

  1. Use BFree to browse your BB archive and selectively choose material to post to your NYU Classes course.
  2. OR Go to Settings > Import from Archive File
  3. Click the ‘Choose File’ button and browse to your BB archive file
  4. Click the ‘Import’ button.
  5. After processing the archive, you will be able to select which material you want to copy into your NYU Classes shell. Do so, and click the ‘Copy Materials’ button.


Cross-listed Courses and Combining Existing Courses

Officially cross-listed courses will automatically show in NYUClasses.

To combine multiple sections of a course, or merge any two courses you are teaching, you can add rosters to an existing course.  When setting up course sites in NYU Classes you have the option of aggregating multiple sections within the same site, but you can always add or remove section rosters from a course site after it has been created.  More information can be found here.

  1. Within NYU Classes, navigate to the desired course site, within which you would like to either add or remove rosters.
  2. Select Settings from the left tool menu.
  3. From there, select the option to Edit Class Roster(s).
  4. You will be presented with a list of the rosters currently active within your course. From here, you may add or remove rosters from your site.
  5. Select Add Roster(s).
  6. You will be presented with a list of other courses you are teaching for the current semester. Select one of the course options, click the checkbox for the roster that you would like to add to your course, and click Continue.
  7. On the confirmation page, click Finish

Note: If the desired roster is already associated with another course site, you must first remove it from the other site before you may add it to the desired site.

  1. Follow the same steps 1-4 above, select the Remove checkbox next to the roster that you would like to remove.
  2. Click Update.


Access Old Blackboard Content

NYU has automatically migrated Blackboard courses dating back to Summer 2011 into NYU Classes. If you need access to any older content, please email To get an overview of what content is migrated, and how to find it in NYU Classes, click here.


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