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Canvas Information and Resources

Steps for Preparing Canvas Courses

  1. Learn how Canvas works
  2. Set Up Your Canvas Course
    1. Courses are systematically created in Canvas 4-6 months before every semester, for all graded sections. No request needed!
    2. After your teaching assignments are entered into Aries by your Department Scheduler, then you can see your courses in Canvas.
    3. (Optional) Instructors Cross-List/Combine sections into one course.
  3. Enroll People in Your Course
    1. Students are added systematically from ARIES.
    2. All those assigned in ARIES to teach the section will be added systematically as Teacher.
    3. Manually enroll others.
  4. Plan Course Content for Canvas
    1. Plan/design course content.
    2. Review Copyright essentials.
    3. Use CSU Library services.
  5. Add Course Content - 3 Options:
    1. Copy/Import content from a previous Canvas course.
      Then update your content for the new semester, including:
    2. Develop fresh content in a blank Canvas course.
  6. Set Up Home Page and Navigation
    1. Set up the home page.
    2. See CSU's "How to Make a Page a Home Page".
    3. Set the Course Navigation menu. See Canvas Guide - Course Navigation.
  7. Set Up Assignments and Grading
    1. Create Assignments. (This creates columns in the gradebook.)
    2. Learn to use the Gradebook tool.
    3. Set your course’s Grading Scheme.
    4. Arrange Proctored Exams.
  8. Set Up Student Access in Your Course
    1. Dates for Student participation in your class
    2. How to customize start and end dates for students
  9. "Publish" your Canvas course, after you have the content ready for students.
  10. Teach in Canvas!
  11. After the course is complete, see the Course Life Cycle if you need to:
    1. Re-use content in other courses
    2. Help students finish incompletes
    3. Verify grades and student activity
    4. Download grades or content for your reference before they are deleted