Canvas: Start-of-Semester Checklist
You can use this comprehensive Canvas: Start-of-Semester Checklist to get your course site ready for your students.
Words of caution before you proceed.
- DO NOT click Reset Course Content. Doing so will delete all of your course content and you will end up with an empty course shell.
- DO NOT click Permanently Delete this Course.
- DO NOT click Conclude this Course, unless you know what you’re doing. Doing so will revert the course to read-only access for both you and your students.
- DO adjust Announcement posting dates before you publish your course site. Otherwise, all Announcements will be immediately visible to students upon publishing.
- Creating your content
- Importing from Moodle to Canvas
- Importing from Canvas to Canvas
- When the import is finished
Finding your course site
Creating or importing your content (choose appropriate option)
Creating your content
Create your content from scratch in Canvas. Self-Help guides are available to assist you.
- Canvas: Create and Organize Content
- Canvas: Communication with Students
- Canvas: Assess and Grade Student Work
Importing from Moodle to Canvas
- See the Migrate a Course from Moodle to Canvas Self-Help Guide
- Request Transition Assistance
- Contact your unit’s Canvas contact for assistance.
Importing from Canvas to Canvas
- How to copy content from another Canvas course using the Course Import tool. Some items do not carry forward. Review Items to Note.
When the import is finished
- Merge / Cross-List Course Sites (if applicable)
- Review Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions
- Review course details
- Make your site available to students
Merging / Cross-Listing Course Sites (if applicable)
☐ You can manage course and section enrollments in a single course site using the Canvas Merge / Cross List Course Sites function.
Reviewing Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions
☐ Verify dates. Due dates are added to the calendar and the syllabus and serve as reminders to students. Available from and Until dates will unlock and lock the activity.
- What is the difference between assignment due dates and availability dates?
- Verify / Adjust Due Dates with the Due Date Modifier
- Special due dates for specific sections or for students needing accommodations can be added.
☐ Verify the following for your assignments (Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes)
☐ Instructions are accurate and well formatted.
☐ Points are correct. How do I add or edit details in an assignment?
☐ Assignments: Submission type. How do I add or edit details in an assignment?
☐ Discussions: Discussions are ordered logically on Discussions Index Page.
☐ Quizzes: Quiz Options are correct. What options can I set in a Quiz?
☐ Assignment Groups are set up correctly. How do I use the Assignments Index Page?
☐ Weighted grading: If using a weighted grading system ensure assignments are weighted correctly. How do I weight the final grade according to assignment groups?
☐ Reset your Groups. During a course site import, all group Assignments and Discussions are assigned to a single Group Set called Project Groups.
Reviewing course details
☐ Verify total points possible in the Gradebook is correct.
☐ Review your syllabus for accuracy.
☐ If you are using the Canvas Syllabus tool, see How do I use the Syllabus tool as an instructor?
☐ Verify all links using the course link validator which will find any broken links in your site.
☐ Customize the Course Navigation menu. Only enable menu items that your students need. For example, in most cases, the following should be hidden: Files, Pages, Outcomes, Conferences, Collaborations. If using Modules you can hide even more links to simplify navigation for students.
☐ If using Modules, verify:
☐ They are logically ordered.
☐ Lock until dates are correct if using them.
☐ Requirements and Prerequisites are set correctly if using them.
☐ Verify course home page is set up correctly.
☐ Use the Preview option in each quiz to check for errors.
☐ Use Student View to review the entire course.
☐ Verify that all of your content is available in an accessible format.
☐ Apply a Grading Scheme to your course.
Making your site available to students
☐ Publish the content and activities you want students to be able to access.
☐ Publish your course when you want students to be able to access the course.
☐ Encourage (or require) your students to go through the Student Online Orientation.
☐ Send an email to your students telling them how to access your course in Canvas. If you’re teaching an in-person class, you can wait and go over this information with students in a class meeting.