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

Dear Canvas Early Adopters,

Spring 2020 is only a few days away!

In Week 1, we explored training opportunities, uploaded a profile picture, uploaded a syllabus to the Syllabus tab and uploaded files.

In Week 2, 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.

In Week 3, we finished building out Modules, hid all unused Course Navigation, and selected a Home Page.

Here are some ideas of what to do this week to finish your course in Canvas.

View your course as a student

Prior to publishing your course, it is a good idea to view the course under Student View in order to test it fully before it’s published.

View your course as a test student using Student View

Choose your preferred pronouns

Do you have preferred pronouns? If so, you may set them in Canvas.

Select your personal pronouns

Publish your course

In order for students to see a Canvas course, you need to publish it. It takes just a few seconds to publish a course!

Publish a course

Note: publishing a course does not publish content that has been designated as “draft” or “unpublished.” To publish content, assignments, modules, etc., you must click the publish icon next to each item.







Send an Announcement to your students in Blackboard

Please alert your students that your class is being taught in Canvas. This is the first semester that Canvas is available to students. There is bound to be confusion for students who have never logged in to Canvas before.  Please visit and post a message in Announcements alerting your students to find your course in Canvas. Feel free to give them the direct link to your course or send them to log in at

Final reminder

Feel free to reach out to Canvas 24/7 support via phone or chat if you have any questions! They can help you answer almost every question you have in Canvas. If they are unable to help, they will refer you back to the Canvas Team at Educational Technology Services.