Making your Course Publicly Viewable

You can make your courses publicly viewable to enable student access during shopping period.

  • Log into Canvas.
  • Select a course from the dropdown menu.
  • Select Settings from the left-hand sidebar.
  • Select the Course Details tab.
  • Select Edit Course Details.
  • Under Visibility, check the Make this course publicly visible checkbox.
  • Click the Update Course Details button.

You can now share your course with students using a direct URL. They will have access to course announcements, files, and assignments. Though the course is publicly viewable, student information is protected and the course will not be visible to people outside of Brown through Google or other search engines.

When shopping period has finished, you can remove public access.

  • Log into Canvas.
  • Select a course from the dropdown menu.
  • Select Settings from the left-hand sidebar.
  • Select the Course Details tab.
  • Select Edit Course Details.
  • Under Visibility, uncheck the Make this course publicly visible checkbox.
  • Click the Update Course Details button.

Now only students who are registered for your course in Canvas will have access to your course.


Click here for more details on shopping period and Canvas courses.