Canvas Start of Term Checklist

Canvas offers a digital home for your students to keep them learning between class sessions. Follow these steps to provide a great experience for students within your Canvas course and to ensure a smooth beginning of the term for you.

Use Canvas homepage to welcome and orient students

A homepage for the course equips students with essential information about the course and where to get started.

Add a syllabus to the course

The syllabus maps out the course communication plan and course deliverables. Linking it from the Syllabus area of each course makes it easy for students to access.

Utilize Modules for course flow

Modules provide an at-a-glance view of the activities for a given week or topic. They also create a linear flow for navigating through the week’s activities.

Link course content through Canvas

Linking all files, videos, and library materials into Canvas modules helps students find course content and obtain an at-a-glance view of materials.

Create and grade assignments through Canvas

Students may not have printers, so digital assignment submission is key. Assignments can be turned in via Canvas native assignments, quizzes, or integrated external tools.

Include students who cannot join in person

Instructors can use Panopto, Teams, or Zoom to respond with flexibility to the needs of students who may be absent for illness or other reasons.

Publish your course in Canvas

Publishing your courses by the start of the term helps students prepare and feel ready to learn. You can publish or unpublish entire modules or some items within modules.

Communicate with students

Canvas is the central place to communicate with students about the course outside of course meetings, including sending announcements and messages.