Start of Semester Checklist (Canvas)

Start of Semester Checklist (Canvas)

Create your Canvas Course

  1. Log into Canvas by clicking on the “Sign Ons” link on the upper right-hand corner (above the search box) of Iowa State University’s home page.
  2. Navigate to the ? Help (left side of your screen).
  3. Locate and click on the Global Course Administration link
  4. Click on the Select Prepare to Teach link

Select the appropriate term from the dropdown menu, then follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Locate your Unlinked Registrar Sections and grab the section you wish to use.
  2. Drag it over the top box labeled Drag Sections Here to Create a New Canvas Course. When the border turns blue, release your mouse button to create the Canvas course.
  3. Your newly created Canvas course will appear alphabetically in the list below. Your Registrar section is now connected to Canvas. Drag additional sections to the same course to combine them into one Canvas course. Sections will display as having “0 Students” until data is automatically received from AccessPlus, approximately 2 weeks before the start of the semester. Once student data is received, students will automatically gain access when both of the following conditions have been met:
    1. the course is published (see Publish Course below)
    2. the term start date has passed, typically 1 week prior to the start of classes unless you specify otherwise (see Specify Course Settings below)
  4. Click on the course name to navigate to your course.

Note: If the target term is not yet available, you will need to Request a New Course Shell. See the Prepare to Teach page for more details and other options.

Specify Course Settings

Navigate to Settings on the left navigation within your course, then:

  1. Import the content from your previously taught course:
    1. Choose Import Course Content on the right sidebar.
    2. Choose Content Type Copy a Canvas Course.
    3. Select All Content or Specific Content, depending on your needs.

Or, Create new content from scratch for your course.

  1. Rename your course to add/remove section identifiers to the course’s actual name (see the change name/course code guide).
    1. Under Name, change the course name to reflect what you want students to see on the course tile found on their Dashboard. See example course tile below: Example course tile at Iowa State University
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Update Course Details.
  2. Set your students’ access dates and permissions.
    1. Enter alternate Start and End dates if students need access earlier than one week before the semester begins or longer than two weeks after classes end.
    2. Choose to allow students to only participate in the course between these dates (they can still view content if the course is published).
    3. Restrict students from seeing the course outside these dates.
    4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Update Course Details.
  3. Simplify Course Navigation (see manage custom navigation links page).
    1. Under the Navigation tab, drag and drop items to show or hide them from your left navigation menu.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Save.
  4. ⭐ Use Student View to check the visibility of individual items and Modules as a whole (use student view in a browser or student view in Canvas Teacher app). Additionally, Student View adds a test student to Grades. After participating in Student View, enter your Gradebook as a teacher to view any Test Student entries.⭐

See the Additional Course Settings page for more details.

Choose a Home Page

Navigate to Home on the left navigation within your course.

  1. The Home Page is the first impression of a course. Use Choose Home Page to select the option that best enables your students to access content and navigate the course.

 

Setting your homepage in Canvas

Publish Course

  1. Log into Canvas by clicking on the “Sign Ons” link on the upper right-hand corner (above the search box) of Iowa State University’s home page.
  2. Navigate to the ? Help (left side of your screen).
  3. Locate and click on the Global Course Administration link
  4. Click on the Select Prepare to Teach link

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Click the toggle to Publish the course.
  2. The left course card will turn green and the toggle will say “YES” when the course is published.

For more helpful information on building your course in Canvas, see the CELT Build Your Course page.