Publish Canvas Course Checklist


Don’t forget to publish your Canvas course before the quarter begins. If a course is unpublished, you’ll see a pink notification message on the course homepage. We recommend waiting until your course is set up and ready to be released prior to publishing. 


Select Home Page

The Syllabus is the default home page for new Canvas courses. Instructors have the option to choose a different home page



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


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 the course: 4 methods

There are 4 different ways to publish a course. The first option is clicking the Publish Course button within the pink banner. This will immediately publish your course and make it available to students. 



The second method is clicking the Publish button in the right hand sidebar from the Home page.



The third option is publishing a course from the course Settings.


The forth option is publishing a course directly from the Canvas course card on the main dashboard.