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Semester Start-up with Canvas

The Teaching with Technology site will no longer be used. Please visit the IT Knowledgebase and search the articles to learn more about Canvas other course tools.

Publish your course
Students will not be able to access course content until a course is published. From the Course Setup Checklist, click on the "Publish Course" step to make your course accessible to enrolled students. All banner enrolled students will appear in your Canvas course site. Use the Student View to double check things are in order. Watch a video tutorial

to learn more about publishing your course. *Note: only course instructors and designers may publish courses.

Hide unused tools and course files
Remove unused tools and access to course files from the left navigation menu to reduce confusion. We are recommending removal of the Files tool, in particular, to all instructors, due to possible copyright infringement. Watch a video tutorial 
to learn more about hiding tools.

Activate your E-
Are you using OCRA E-Reserves for access to online readings, audio, and films? 1. Activate your electronic reserves through the Library ( and 2. Enable the E-Reserves button in Canvas. Watch a video tutorial to learn more about hiding tools.

Add TAs
Have TAs or Canvas users not officially associated with your course through Banner? Add them to your canvas site.

Shopping period
For shopping period, instructors may publish a limited, but globally-accessible, view of their course. Each Canvas course has a unique course URL. Include the URL in your course syllabus, Course Preview Page, and any other course material distributed for shopping period. Learn more about shopping period and Canvas.
Students can use the "Help" button within Canvas -or- contact the CIS Help Desk  
Faculty & staff can attend advanced Canvas training or schedule a consult with ITG