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Cougar Courses

Our course management system, known as Cougar Courses,  is built on Moodle, an open source learning platform that is used globally.



You do not need to request course containers. They are created automatically at the start of registration each semester. You'll gain access to the course container when you are officially assigned to teach the course and it is listed in your MyCSUSM.

Instructors choose whether or not to use Cougar Courses, and when to make the course available (visible) to the students.  


When you officially register for a course,  you are automatically enrolled into the course container within a couple of hours. 

Don't see one or more of your courses?  First verify that it is listed in your myCSUSM courses, then contact the Instructor to ask whether they have, or plan to make the course available.  You can find the Instructor's email address by using the search on the CSUSM homepage, or by selecting Academics>Colleges and Departments, choosing the department and viewing the faculty page.

You can access Cougar Courses from the CSUSM homepage, by clicking on Campus Apps, and selecting Cougar Courses, or by simply typing into your browser's address field. 

CSUSM homepage with Campus Apps dropdown

Recommended Browsers

  • For the best experience and optimum security:
  • Make sure your browser is up to date.
  • Desktop:  use Chrome, Firefox  or Safari. 
  • Mobile:  Mobile Safari or Chrome
  • These legacy browsers have known compatibility issues with the version of Moodle we are using.
    • IE 10 and below
    • Safari 7 and below.

CSUSM homepage with CC selected from CampusApps dropdown

  • Log in using your campus username and password.

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