Publishing and Course Availability

In Canvas you can manage access to your course through the course availability dates and publishing.

The Course Availability dates, by default, are set to the your School's Term. But, if needed, you do have the ability to change the date.

Publishing material enables students to see and access that material. You will need to both publish your course material (pages, assignments,quizzes) and your class.

Course Availability

In Canvas, course visibility is related to the University Term dates. These dates influence when the course is visible on your dashboard, when assignments can be created, and when the course becomes viewable only to both the student and the instructor.

As an instructor, while the term is in session, you have the ability to extend the date of your Canvas course. Doing this will can provide you extended access to edit grades (Note: Final Grades should be updated in Self Service) and allow students with extensions to complete work.

To extend your course dates:

  1. Navigate to your course
  2. Click on the Settings button on your left hand navigation
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  3. On the Course Details page scroll to the Participation section
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  4. Change the Participation drop down from Term to Course
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  5. Enter the correct start and end date for your course
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  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Update Course Details button
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Publishing your Course

By default your course is not published. This enables you to control when you want the students to see your course.

There are two ways to publish a course

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Step-by-step

From the Dashboard

  1. On the dashboard navigate to the course you want to publish. This course will be in the Unpublished Course section.
    List of courses in the Unpublished course section. One course highlighted
  2. Click on the Publish button
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From Inside the Course

  1. On the dashboard navigate to the course you want to publish. This course will be in the Unpublished Course section.
    List of courses in the Unpublished course section. One course highlighted
  2. Go to the course Home page
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  3. On the Left-hand side click the Publish button
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