(Some information in this article has been adapted from "Is My Canvas Course Ready?" from Oregon State University.)

Before you make your Canvas course available to students, use this checklist to ensure that everything is ready.

A few tips:

  • Look at the course in student view—Does everything make sense? Have you hidden everything that you intend to be hidden and published everything that you intend for students to see?
  • Check all course materials (including Word files, etc.) for references to "Blackboard" and update these to "Canvas." Make any necessary updates to instructions on how students will access and submit materials.
  • As time permits, proofread all writing for spelling and typing errors, mechanics, adherence to your discipline's preferred style guide (e.g, MLA, APA), etc.

Course Information

  • Update release dates for any old announcements that you plan to re-use this semester.
  • Delete any old announcements that  you do not plan to re-use this  semester.
  • Update any date references in files (Word, PDF, etc.) or content pages to the current semester—in file names and within documents.
  • Make sure students have your contact information, your preferred method of contact, and expected turnaround time for replies (e.g., 1–2 business days).

Course and Content Organization

Check the following:

  • Modules are organized in a logical manner.
  • The modules, and content within the modules that students are to see immediately, have been published.


  • Discussions have been set up.
  • Discussions that need to remain at the top of the page (e.g., a FAQ forum) have been pinned.
  • (Optional) Grading has been enabled, and points are accurate.
  • (Optional) Rubrics have been attached.

Assignments, Quizzes, and Grades

Check that the following settings are accurate and up-to-date:

  • Due dates (If instructions include typed references to due dates, these have been updated to the current semester.)
  • Instructions for completion and submission (including preferred file name and format, etc.)
  • Point totals—check the Grades against the Syllabus and, especially, any files (Word, etc.)
  • Assignment settings (number  of attempts permitted, timing, etc.)
  • Availability dates (if using)
  • Rubrics (if using)
  • Optional, but recommended—For  quizzes, add feedback to each item that provides a reference within the textbook  or other lecture materials where the correct answer can be found.

In addition, check the Grades:

  • Delete any unnecessary assignments or assignment groups.
  • For any "manual" columns needed, create a new assignment and set the Submission Type to No Submission.

Other Course Elements

  • If using electronic reserves, all material has been made available, and students have been provided with access instructions (including the password).
  • If using MU Connect Early Alert, access has been requested.
  • If using any special software or web applications, students are told what hardware or software they need to use the tool, and they have access to tutorial or help information.

When you are ready, don't forget to PUBLISH your course!