Publish Canvas Course Checklist

Below is a step-by-step walkthrough of the process to publish a course.  We have also made a Publish Canvas Course Tutorial video available.  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If a course is unpublished you’ll see a pink notification message on the homepage.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. 


Select home page

The Syllabus replaced Modules as the default home page for all new Canvas courses.


If you’d like to modify the home page, select Choose Home Page from the right-hand menu, under Course Status.  


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.


Publish a Course

To publish a course, click the Publish button from the right-hand sidebar from the home page. The course is published and available to students once the button appears green.