Don’t forget to publish your Canvas course before the quarter begins! Below is a step-by-step walkthrough of the process to publish a course. Note: Please enlarge Canvas dashboard screen to ensure all visuals are visible.
Course status notification on home page
If a course is unpublished you’ll see a pink notification message on the homepage. You can click the “Publish Course” button to immediately publish your course and make it available to students. We recommend waiting until your course is set up and ready to be released.
Figure 1: Notification message
Publish a Course
There are 3 different ways to publish a course. The first option, is clicking the Publish button in the right hand sidebar from the Home page.
Figure 2: Home dashboard publish course
The second option is publishing a course from Settings.
Figure 3: Settings publish course
The third option is publishing a course directly from the Canvas course card on the main dashboard.
Figure 4: Canvas course card
Select home page
The Syllabus is the default home page for all new Canvas courses.
Figure 5: Syllabus default view
If you’d like to modify the home page, select Choose Home Page from the right-hand menu, under Course Status.
Figure 6: Choose Home Page
Home Page Options
Home page options include Course Activity Stream, Pages Front Page, Course Modules, Assignment List or Syllabus. Once you have selected an option, click Save. Please note that if you don’t select an option, the home page will remain as the Syllabus.
Figure 7: Home page options & SAVE
Publish a Course
To publish a course, click the Publish button from the right-hand sidebar of the home page. The course is published and available to students once the button appears green.
Figure 8: Publish