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Canvas Course Checklist

The first few times you create a course in Canvas, it's a challenge to remember all of the steps required.

We hope this helps you cover all the bases before you Publish your course


New Canvas Course  |  PolyLearn to Canvas 

Ready to copy your Canvas course?

This checklist will help you copy your old quarters' course into the current quarters' Canvas shell.

  1. Starting from the blank course shell, Copy a Canvas Course. The copied courses Home Page and navigation settings will still be the same. 
    NOTE: the course will be Published, so you may want to unpublish until you're ready to share it. 
  2. If your OLD course included ZOOM meetings, make sure to delete all the OLD meetings in the Calender before creating new ones. 
  3. Add TA's to the course via the People page
  4. Check Link Validation from Course Settings
  5. Use the Bulk Edit Multiple Assignment feature to clean up all your Assignment due dates. 
  6. Default Grade Policy = missing assignments 100% (meaning students will get an A for not doing the assignment). Change your Grade Policy.
  7. Choose the Front Page (if using a Page). Set Homepage [video] (Activity Stream, Front Page, Modules, Assignment list or Syllabus). 
  8. Cross-List course sections if you want to manage one Canvas course. 
    NOTE: Once you Cross-List, the child courses will no longer appear in your Dashboard. ALSO - you will manually need to create a group for your sections if you want to keep them separate in the grades, activities, or other.  If your course has group assignments - use Group Sets
  9. NEW: Choose a Start Date. Default student access is 10 days before the 1st day of the quarter. 
  10. Publish the course, which will automatically send invitation emails (ONLY: if the course Start Date has passed) to any student enrolled in the course. 
    NOTE: The items (Modules, Pages, Quizzes, Assignments, and Discussions Links to an external site.) also need to be published so students can see them.
  11. You currently have access to multiple quarters on your Dashboard. If you do not see a course in your Dashboard, click on the Courses > All Courses link to view all. On this page click on the Star icon to favor the course you want to see on the Dashboard. Make sure to favor ALL the courses you want to see.  
     

NOTE: Please check the One Stop Shop page for all the Tips & Tricks and Gotchas in Canvas.

Ready to start your new Canvas course?

This checklist will help you create a new course in Canvas. 

  1. Add assignments or assignment shells on the Assignments page
  2. Add TA's to the course via the People page
  3. Select the links you wish to display in the Course Navigation under the Navigation tab in Settings
  4. Choose the Front Page (if using a Page). Set Homepage [video] (Activity Stream, Front Page, Modules, Assignment list or Syllabus).
  5. Default Grade Policy = missing assignments 100% (meaning students will get an A for not doing the assignment). Change your Grade Policy.
  6. Add events and Assignments to your course Calendar
  7. NEW: Choose a Start Date. Default student access is 10 days before the 1st day of the quarter. 
  8. Cross-List course sections if you want to manage one Canvas course. 
    NOTE: Once you Cross-List, the child courses will no longer appear in your Dashboard. ALSO - you will manually need to create a group for your sections if you want to keep them separate in the grades, activities, or other.  If your course has group assignments - use Group Sets
  9. Publish the course, which will automatically send invitation emails (ONLY: if the course Start Date has passed) to any student enrolled in the course. 
    NOTE: The items (Modules, Pages, Quizzes, Assignments, and DiscussionsLinks to an external site.) also need to be published so students can see them.
  10. You currently have access to multiple quarters on your Dashboard. If you do not see a course in your Dashboard, click on the Courses > All Courses link to view all. On this page, click on the Star icon to favor the course you want to see on the Dashboard. Make sure to favor ALL the courses you want to see.  

 

NOTE: Please check the One Stop Shop page for all the Tips & Tricks and Gotchas in Canvas. 

Just migrated your PolyLearn-Moodle into Canvas....

Once you have used the Course Import tool to upload your MBZ file (Moodle) into Canvas...

  1. Organize Files  
  2. Course Settings: show or hide items in Course Navigation Menu (recommend hiding Files, Pages, Outcomes, People, Conferences) 
  3. Review, revise, and organize content 
    • Use Modules to organize content 
    • Use Pages to add text content (minimize the use of document files) 
    • Moodle quiz transfers as “practice quiz” and must be reset as a “graded quiz.”
           - Click on the Quizzes Course Menu
           - Click on the name of the quiz
           - Click on the Edit button
           - Choose Graded Quiz in the Quiz Type pull-down list
    • Lessons do not transfer; must recreate with Pages and Quizzes 
    • Books become Pages 
  4. Determine whether you will organize your course via Modules or Pages 
  5. Choose the Home Page [video]  (if using a Page). Set Homepage (Activity Stream, Front Page, Modules, Assignment list or Syllabus).
  6. Default Grade Policy = missing assignments 100% (meaning students will get an A for not doing the assignment). Change your Grade Policy.
  7. Check Link Validation from Course Settings
  8. NEW: Choose a Start Date. Default student access is 10 days before the 1st day of the quarter. 
  9. Cross-List course sections if you want to manage one Canvas course. 
    NOTE: Once you Cross-List, the child courses will no longer appear in your Dashboard. ALSO - you will manually need to create a group for your sections if you want to keep them separate in the grades, activities, or other.  If your course has group assignments - use Group Sets
  10. Publish the course, which will automatically send invitation emails (ONLY: if the course Start Date has passed) to any student enrolled in the course. 
    NOTE: The items (Modules, Pages, Quizzes, Assignments, and DiscussionsLinks to an external site.) also need to be published so students can see them.
  11. You currently have access to multiple quarters on your Dashboard. If you do not see a course in your Dashboard, click on the Courses > All Courses link to view all. On this page, click on the Star icon to favor the course you want to see on the Dashboard. Make sure to favor ALL the courses you want to see.    

 

NOTE: Please check the One Stop Shop page for all the Tips & Tricks and Gotchas in Canvas. 

 

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