Start-of-Semester Checklist

Before the start of each semester, here are a few things you should do to make sure your I-Learn courses are ready.  Use the following checklist and the associated links as a guide.

See the following article for in-depth instructions on how to copy your course from a past semester or from another instructor.

Make sure to click the "Publish" button in the top right of the course home to publish the course so you don't forget about it when the semester starts. Students won't be able to see the course until the term begins, so don't worry about clicking that Publish button today.

To add a TA to your course, see this article:  How do I add users to a course?

If you're going to allow late work, and you want Canvas to automatically deduct points for late or missing assignments, make sure you turn on this setting in your gradebook by following these tutorials:

This will only work in the new gradebook, so check your course's settings under "Feature Options" to see if the new gradebook is enabled.

By default, if you are teaching multiple sections of the same course, they will be separated into separate courses.  However, you have the option to combine them into a single course (cross-list them).  For more information on cross-listing and whether or not your sections should be cross-listed, see this article:  What Is Cross-listing Courses?


When will students be added to my courses?

Students are typically added a few weeks before the semester starts.  You can see if students have been added to your course by clicking of the "People" tab in the course navigation bar.

When will students be able to see my courses?

By default, students will not have access to your course until the first day of the semester at 12:01 AM.  But even then, they will not have access until you have published your course (see checklist item #2 above).  If you'd like your students to have access before the first day of the semester, call the FTC at x7230 and they can help you adjust the availability date of your course.  

What should I know about Announcements carrying over from a previous semester?

At the beginning of the semester, look through the announcements that were copied over from a previous semester.  If your course's due dates were adjusted automatically when you copied a course from a previous semester, the announcements from that semester will automatically be posted on the corresponding date.  For more information about adjusting dates during the copy process, see the the following article: How Do I Copy an I-Learn Course For Next Semester?

How do I change the name of my course?

You can easily change the name of your course by giving it a nickname.  This short video shows how to do that:

You are done. Great job!