This is part 3 of a 4-week series on how to get your course ready in Canvas

Week 1

Week 2

Dear Canvas Early Adopters,

Spring 2020 is only 2 weeks away!

In the first week, we explored training opportunities, uploaded a profile picture, uploaded a syllabus to the Syllabus tab and uploaded files.

In the second week, we added co-instructors (if needed), submitted merge requests (if needed), added Assignments and Modules, and looked at examples of courses from other institutions for ideas. See the links above to see previous posts.

Here are some ideas of what to do this week to get your course(s) ready in Canvas.

Put all your Assignments, Discussions, Files, Quizzes, etc. into their corresponding Modules.

Please watch the video below from Technology for Teachers and Students. This is the best video I’ve found so far that explains how to build your course out with Modules from scratch.

Hide Unused Course Navigation

In order to make your course easy to navigate for your students, please hide any of the left-hand course navigation tabs you do not intend to use so that your students cannot see them.

Canvas Guide on Hiding Unused Course Navigation

Select Homepage Layout

One option to customize your course is to choose your homepage layout. You can have your homepage be Modules or you can even create a custom home page. Watch the video and click the links to learn more.

How do I use the Course Home Page?

How do I change the Course Home Page?

You are almost done! Next week we will put the final touches on your course.

Questions? Check the Canvas webpage at

Stay tuned for more tips next week!