Canvas: Start-of-Semester Checklist
Use this comprehensive 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. 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.
- Finding your course site
- Creating or importing your content (choose appropriate option)
- Completing the import
- Merging / Cross-Listing Course Sites
- Reviewing Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions
- Reviewing course details
- Making your site available to students
Create your content from scratch in Canvas. Self-Help guides are available to assist you.
- Canvas: Get Started with Canvas
- Canvas: Create and Organize Content
- Canvas: Communicate with Students
- Canvas: Assess and Grade Student Work
- How to copy content from another Canvas course using the Course Import tool. Some items do not carry forward. Review Items to Note.
- Merge / Cross-List Course Sites (if applicable)
- Review Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions
- Review course details
- Make your site available to students
- You can manage course and section enrollments in a single course site using the Canvas Merge / Cross List Course Sites function.
- 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: All course discussions are listed on the 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.
- Verify total points possible in the Gradebook is correct.
- Review your syllabus for accuracy.
- 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 many 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:
- Verify course Home Page is set up correctly.
- Review Announcements and adjust posting dates
- Use the Preview option in each quiz to check for errors.
- Verify that all of your content is available in an accessible format.
- Apply a Grading Scheme to your course.
- Use Student View to review the entire course (individual course components must be published for Student View to work).
- 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 review these Canvas student resources.
- Send an email to your students telling them how to access your course in Canvas.