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4 steps to building your course

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1. Update the syllabus page

Starting with the Syllabus tool, include pertinent course information on the syllabus page using the rich text editor.
  • Click on the Syllabus tool
  • Select the “Edit Syllabus Description” button. The rich content editor will allow you to enter additional text, upload files, include links to external resources.
  • Type or copy & paste basic course information:
    • Brief course description
    • Office hours
    • Location
    • Contact information
    • Directions for students as to how to navigate the course (i.e. where to find readings, and assignments, other resources)
    • Add small images (follow our design tips)
  • Upload your prepared syllabus file (PDF preferred)
  • Be sure to place your text cursor in the text editor where you'd like the file to go.
  • Click on the “Files” tab from the right sidebar.
  • Select “Browse” and select your file. Click “Upload
  • Click on the Update Syllabus button 

2. Add assignments
Continue to build your course syllabus by adding scheduled assignments.
  • Select the Assignments tool from the left navigation.
  • Click on the “Add Assignments” button from the right side-bar.
  • Enter the title of the assignment, a due date, and the total number of points for the assignment (optional). 
  • Click on “More options” to add more content. Note: the assignment tool has the same text editor that the Syllabus tool uses. 
  • Once you’ve entered in the assignment content, go over the assignment details (key: choose “Submission Type”). 
  • Under the “Submission Type”, notice the different assignment types. For instance, you can create a gradable discussion topic or a quiz from this page as well.
  • Repeat with additional assignments.
  • Once you’ve created your assignments, notice your Syllabus page will begin to aggregate calendar entries and build a course schedule based on the due dates of the assignments.
  • Also, notice your Calendar now includes links to all the assignments.

3. Organize content into modules
Modules help organize content into a list view of files, links, and text. Module items can include daily readings or lecture slides, weekly discussion questions, or general information ranging from course files and external links to Canvas assignments.
  • Organize your course content into modules
  • Select Modules from the left-hand sidebar to navigate.
  • Click the on Create a Module.
  • Add title to Module and click Add Module.
  • Click the Tool Icon link from the module and select Add Content.
  • Organize modules even further using "Text Headers" for additional information.

4. Set your homepage
Set the homepage for your course. This will be the landing page once students access your course site.
  • Choose the "Assignment List with Syllabus" option to display the Syllabus tool. (Recommended)
  • Choose the "Assignment List" option to show the Assignments tool for the course, with the upcoming and recent assignments featured at the top.
  • Choose the "Course modules" option to show the course content organized above.
  • Choose a wiki "Page you design yourself" option to create a page using the Rich Content Editor tool. Use text, content, media, and links to create an interactive and instructive page.
  • Choose the "Recent Activities Stream" (default) to show a list of recent changes, updates, and announcements made in the course.
  • ** We recommend using the Assignment List with Syllabus page and including links to pertinent course content areas (Modules tool, Discussion tool, etc.) within the syllabus description.

You're ready to publish your site! Once you publish the site, your students will have access to your course materials.