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
- Attend training and get ideas. Canvas training opportunities for Summer 2020.
• Import content you previously exported from a Blackboard course.
- Assignments, Discussion Boards, Announcements, and Tests/Surveys/Pools work best for this. Refer to the Blackboard to Canvas Reference Guide.
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
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.
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
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 https://canvas.chapman.edu/courses/7017.
Especially for online and hybrid classes, send an email to your students through your my.chapman.edu 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 my.chapman.edu 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.