Create or Import your Content

Multiple ways to begin to build your class

• Copy from another class in Canvas. Your access to classes you have previously taught in Canvas continues indefinitely.

• Copy in an entire course or portions of one from Canvas Commons.

• Create your content from scratch in Canvas

• Import content you previously exported from a Blackboard course.


Do you need to merge any of your courses together to make them easier to manage?

If so, submit the Merge Request Form

Do you need to add any users that aren’t students?

Any co-instructors, guests, faculty assistants, or librarians need to be added to your course? If so, submit the Add a User to My Canvas Course form

Review Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions

 Verify activities to be used in the course are published.

 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.

Verify instructions are accurate and well-formatted.

 Verify the submission type (assignments only).

Verify the number of attempts is correct (quizzes and assignments only).

 Verify assignment groups are set up correctly. See: How to use Assignment Index Page.

 Verify assignments are weighted correctly, if using a weighted grading system. See: How to Weight Assignment Groups.

 Verify discussions are ordered logically on Discussions list page.

 Verify Quiz “Options” are correct. See: Canvas Quiz Options.

Review Integrations and Apps

Do you use integrations and apps in your Canvas course? When copying a course many of the integrations and applications will need to be rebuilt or re-linked. Check all integrations and applications to confirm they are working as intended.

Review Course Details

 Verify total points possible in the gradebook is correct. To verify Download the Gradebook or within Canvas Student View navigate to Grades.

 Review Syllabus for accuracy.

 Verify all links. See: How to Validate Links.

Customize course navigation links. Keep only the links that are necessary. For example, in most cases, the following should be hidden: Files, Pages, Outcomes, Conferences, Lockdown Browser. If using Modules you can hide even more links to simplify navigation for students. See: How to Reorder and Hide Course Navigation Links.

Verify Modules are logically ordered and Published if using them.

Verify Module “Lock until” dates are correct if using them. See: How to Lock a Module.

Verify Module requirements and prerequisites are set correctly if using them. See: How to add Requirements to a Module and How to set Prerequisites for a Module.

Verify the course home page is set up correctly. See Home Page Layout Options and How to Change the Course Home Page.

Use the “Preview” option in each quiz to check for errors.

 Use “Student View” to review the entire course. This is a good time to verify that all of your content is available in an accessible format. See: How do I view a course as a test student

Final Preparations

Publish your course when you are ready for students to have access to it.  See: How do I publish a course?

 Encourage (or require) your students to go through the “Canvas Student Orientation”. Share this link with your students

Especially for online and hybrid classes, send an email to your students through your roster telling them how to access your course in Canvas.


  • Canvas Announcements and email (Inbox/Conversation) messages will not be sent out if the course is unpublished. Send Email from your roster instead prior to publishing the course.
  • Pay attention to the time stamp on anything you have placed a date on. 12:00 means the very first minute of the selected day. For end dates, it is often best to choose 11:59 PM to ensure you are setting it up on the correct date.