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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 to cover all the bases before you Publish your course. 

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 “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 Front Page and set Homepage
  6. Check Link Validation from Course Settings
  7. Review the course Start Date. Default is the first day of the quarter. Do you want your students to see the course before that date?
    NOTE: all cross-listed sections must have their Start Date changed.

    1) From the Course Menu > Settings
    2) In the Course Details tab, change the Starts date. 
    NOTE: be mindful which options you have selected below. 

    General Settings
    3) At the bottom, click on the Update Course Details button.
    4) Click on the Sections Tab at the top.
    5) Click on the "blue" link of the course ID.
    sections
    6) Click on the Edit Section button on the right.
    7) Change the Start date here too and Update Section
    section start date
    NOTE: You will need to change these for ALL the cross-listed sections too. BE AWARE of the course ID at the top...since once you click on section 2 are are OUT of section 1 and would need to click on it again in the Dashboard. 
     
  8. Cross-List course sections if you want to manage one Canvas course.
  9. Publish the course, which will automatically send invitation emails (ONLY: if the course Start Date has passed) to any student enrolled to 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 course you want to see.    

 

Ready to start your 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 a layout for your Course Home Page
  5. Add events and Assignments to your course Calendar
  6. Review the course Start Date. Default is the first day of the quarter. Do you want your students to see the course before that date?
    NOTE: all cross-listed sections must have their Start Date changed.

    1) From the Course Menu > Settings
    2) In the Course Details tab, change the Starts date. 
    NOTE: be mindful which options you have selected below. 

    General Settings
    3) At the bottom, click on the Update Course Details button.
    4) Click on the Sections Tab at the top.
    5) Click on the "blue" link of the course ID.
    sections
    6) Click on the Edit Section button on the right.
    7) Change the Start date here too and Update Section
    section start date
    NOTE: You will need to change these for ALL the cross-listed sections too. BE AWARE of the course ID at the top...since once you click on section 2 are are OUT of section 1 and would need to click on it again in the Dashboard. 
  7. Cross-List course sections if you want to manage one Canvas course.
  8. Publish the course, which will automatically send invitation emails (ONLY: if the course Start Date has passed) to any student enrolled to 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.
  9. 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 course you want to see.  

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