The Course Support Toolbox is a resource portal for faculty and staff at the UW School of Social Work using Catalyst Tools for their course website, online discussion boards, quizzes, and other online tools. If you have an idea or question that you'd like to see added to this resource, please contact us.

How to Open or Close Catalyst Tool

Please remem­ber to OPEN your Cat­a­lyst tool/course once you are ready for your stu­dents to see it.  You need to do this before you announce its avail­abil­ity to your stu­dents. When we cre­ate new tem­plates or copy any of your pre­vi­ous Cat­a­lyst tools for you, they are closed by default.  We do not open these for you since you have to edit them and get them ready before stu­dents can view them.

How do you know that your Cat­a­lyst tool is closed? There are two ways.

  1. In the Cat­a­lyst dash­board, you can sort by the Avail­abil­ity col­umn and it will show you all the tools that are closed and open
  2. At the top of your tool where the heading/title is, you should see grayed out let­ters (Closed).

How to OPEN your Cat­a­lyst tool:

  1. Login to Cat­a­lyst and go to the dashboard.
  2. Find your course/tool from the list – make sure it’s the cor­rect one since old tools may be closed
  3. Click on “Actions” and select “Open Now”.  Now it should say “Open” next to the Actions pull-down menu

Cat­a­lyst Web­site:  Open or Close a Tool Now

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How To Move Files, Delete a View, Insert Online Readings, Move Items Around, Add a Catalyst Tool


  1. From your old Com­mon­View course, down­load the files to your com­puter and remem­ber where you save them (click on “Down­load” link next to the filename”)
  2. Upload the files to your new Com­mon­View course in the desired location
    1. Cre­ate the view (left menu) if it does not already exist
    2. Open the View
    3. Add the files by select­ing Add Con­tent > Files >

HOW TO DELETE A VIEW (left menu item)

  1. Click on the view name
  2. On the right side, you should see the name of the view — next to it are 3 icons: a pencil/pen, bunny rab­bit in a hat, and an X.
  3. Click on the X. This will delete the view.


  1. Open the view where you want the online read­ing to appear
  2. Click on ADD CONTENT and then select LINK (with chain icon)
  3. Paste in the URL and add the description


  1. Mouse over the item you wish to move
  2. You should see four icons appear and the last one is a DOUBLE ARROW — mouse over it and your mouse changes.
  3. With your mouse, drag the item up or down and posi­tion it in the desired place.


  1. Go to the text you want to copy
  2. Mouse over the con­tent and click on EDIT
  3. High­light the text you want to copy
  4. Hit CTRL-C on your key­board (or right-click with your mouse and select COPY)
  5. Go to the loca­tion where you to paste
  6. Repeat #2 and go to the loca­tion where you want to paste
  7. HIT CTRL-V on your key­board to paste (or right-click with your mouse and select PASTE)


  1. Go to the view where you want to add the tool
  2. Click on Add Con­tent > Cat­a­lyst Tools
  3. Click on the name of the Cat­a­lyst tool
  4. Select the tool you cre­ated from the list — the one you selected should turn yel­low (you must select one tool at a time)
  5.  Hit SAVE in the upper right cor­ner of the out­line box
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How To: Add Your Course Website Link to MyUW

MyUWWhen you are ready to make your course web­site avail­able to your stu­dents, it’s highly rec­om­mended that you add the course web­site to MyUW so stu­dents can access the course web­site from their MyUW account.

How to add your course web­site link to MyUW

  1. Go to and log in with your per­sonal UW Net ID.
  2. Click on Teach­ing in the left-hand nav­i­ga­tion menu.
  3. Under My Class Resources, locate the spe­cific class you are work­ing with.
    • If the class infor­ma­tion is not show­ing below the class title, click the icon next to the title to man­age the class details.
    • If your class is in a future quar­ter, click on the large drop-down but­ton with the cur­rent quarter/year dis­played and select the future quarter.
  4. Click the “Add” link after “Class Web­site:” and fol­low the direc­tions to add the URL of the class website.

Addi­tional Resources

Instruc­tions adapted from the iSchool.

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Online Grade Submission in 3 Steps

School of Social Work Faculty,

As the end of the quar­ter nears, we wanted to make sure you are aware of resources avail­able to assist you with sub­mit­ting grades online via Cat­a­lyst Tools.

This 4-minute video from the UW Registrar’s Office walks you through the online grade sub­mis­sion process.

Submitting Grades Online Tutorial

To see the steps out­lined in an easy-to-follow bul­leted list, see Sub­mit Your Grades Online in 3 Easy Steps (PDF).

Addi­tional Resources


Social Work Course Sup­port Help Desk: To ask a ques­tion or request in-person sup­port or train­ing for Cat­a­lyst Tools, send an e-mail to or con­tact Heather Lar­son at (Hours: 9:15–1:15 M-F)

UW Cat­a­lyst Help Cen­ter (Ode­gaard Library): Send an email to or call 206–897-1999.

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New Online Grade Submission Tool Coming Soon

Learn­ing & Schol­arly Tech­nolo­gies and the Office of the Reg­is­trar will soon be releas­ing a new tool avail­able via MyUW for online grade submission.

This news is par­tic­u­larly applic­a­ble to fac­ulty who don’t use Catalyst’s exist­ing Grade­Book tool to track indi­vid­ual assign­ments, exams, etc.  Peo­ple who are com­fort­able with and already using Grade­Book can con­tinue to do so.

What exactly is this new tool?

New Grade Submission Tool ScreenshotBuild­ing on the same tech­nol­ogy found in Cat­a­lyst Grade­Book, the new grade sub­mis­sion tool allows fac­ulty who don’t use Grade­Book to sub­mit final grades online by going straight to the grade sub­mis­sion form from the “My Class Resources” sec­tion in MyUW.

Using the new tool, fac­ulty will be able to:

  • View all the courses that are avail­able to grade
  • See how many grades have been sub­mit­ted and how many are left to submit
  • Review grades before submission
  • View con­fir­ma­tion of sub­mit­ted grades
  • View grades sub­mit­ted online for cur­rent quar­ter and pre­vi­ous quarters

More infor­ma­tion regard­ing this change will be sent to all fac­ulty and depart­ment grad­ing con­tacts dur­ing Spring and Sum­mer quar­ters, and train­ing will be avail­able for those who seek addi­tional infor­ma­tion or support.

See New Online Grade Sub­mis­sion Tool Com­ing Soon for more information.

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Using Online Discussion Boards to Enhance Learning in Your Class

screenshot of sample GoPost discussion board

screen­shot of sam­ple GoPost dis­cus­sion board

If you are an instruc­tor want­ing to engage your stu­dents using an online dis­cus­sion board (GoPost if you’re using Cat­a­lyst Tools), you may have ques­tions about ben­e­fits and best practices.

The ben­e­fits of using an online dis­cus­sion board for your class are numer­ous. Some key advan­tages include:

  • Builds con­nec­tions and class com­mu­nity by pro­mot­ing dis­cus­sion on course top­ics and more infor­mal discussion
  • Con­tributes to the devel­op­ment of cog­ni­tive, crit­i­cal think­ing, and writ­ing skills
  • Allows time for thought­ful, in-depth reflec­tion on course top­ics. Much like tra­di­tional writ­ing exer­cises, stu­dents have more time to think about, research, and com­pose their thoughts before con­tribut­ing to the discussion.
  • Facil­i­tates exploratory learn­ing by allow­ing stu­dents to review and respond to the work of oth­ers and approach learn­ing in diverse ways
  • Empow­ers stu­dents to express them­selves. For stu­dents with dif­fer­ent learn­ing styles, an online dis­cus­sion board can be a venue where they feel more com­fort­able con­tribut­ing to group dis­cus­sions.  With pos­i­tive rein­force­ment from inter­ac­tions on the dis­cus­sion board, an increase in in-class par­tic­i­pa­tion may also occur.

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