Publish your course. - Students can't access a course until the Instructor publishes it. Even if it's
the first day of class students will not be able to access a course that isn't published.
Publishing your course does not mean all of your course content is published. You will
still need to make sure all Modules and content items are published also!
Check your course start date- When your course is created the course start and end dates are automatically default
to the specific start date of the semester per the Registrars schedule. No need to
add dates in your course settings. Leave the Start and End Dates blank so they follow
the default start dates. No students will access the courses outside of the Registrar's
Check the links in your course. - Make sure all the different external links in your course are functioning by running
the "Validate Links" tool. This tool searches through course content and returns invalid
or unresponsive external links in both published and unpublished content.
Adjust your Global Discussion Settings- If you are using Discussion Forums there is a good chance you do NOT want your students
to be able to edit or delete their discussion posts, or be able to start their own
discussion forum (not post, forum!). In addition, you may want your students to be able to attach documents or pictures
to their discussion posts.
Publish your Assignments - Make sure all of your assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc., have been published
(Draft State), otherwise your students will not have access to them. Unpublished assignments,
quizzes, discussions, etc. will not be not visible to students, will not show up in
the Gradebook, and you will not be able to enter grades for them. Publishing your course does not publish your assignments.
Remove unnecessary Navigational Links - Navigational links are the links on the left side of your course page. If you leave
too many of them visible to your students, you run the risk of students becoming confused,
or skipping your course content from the Modules and going straight to their quizzes
Check assignment due dates and points- You can do this in a number of places, but the best way is through the Assignments
link. You should also double check your assignment “lock dates” if you dragged and
dropped on the calendar; in doing that, the “lock dates” don’t change, only the due
Update Online Learning Help information - The best way for students (and faculty) to contact the 24/7/365 Canvas Help Desk
is to click on the “Help” button on the bottom left of the screen in Canvas and click
“CHAT” or call the specifically list number. Faculty - 1-833-668-8635 or Student
Add Lock dates to individual Modules- You might want to edit each module so it can be locked until a certain date. This
allows students to have access to the module they are currently working on and not
all of them at once. Locking Modules does not “hide” them or their content.
Publish/Unpublish Modules and content- You can “hide” Modules and other content from students by clicking the “Publish/Unpublish”
cloud which appears to the right of each Module and content item (gray is “unpublished”,
green with a white checkmark is “published”). Even if content items are “published”, students will not be able to see those items
if the Module they are in is “unpublished.”
Add a profile picture- Add a picture of yourself or something that represents you to your Canvas profile.Then,
when you post something in Canvas, the picture will show up to the students!
Gradebook set-up- Double check that your gradebook is set-up correctly. This is especially true for extra credit. Extra credit can be tricky in Canvas!
Course overview/student view- Do a once through in Student View. Does everything make sense and seem easy to find/understand?
Do things look the way you want them to look?