How do I create a new course shell?

Admins or instructors can create a course shell in Canvas to host courses for their institution. Some institutions will have this option disabled and instead provide course shells to faculty automatically via SIS (Student Information System) imports.

Note: If you are not able to create your own course shell as shown in these instructions, your institution has disabled this feature. Contact your Administrator for assistance.

Log in to Canvas

Login to your Canvas instance by entering your username and password in the appropriate fields.

Start a New Course

Start a New Course

In the Sidebar, click the Start a New Course button.

Note: If you do not see this button in Canvas, your institution has disabled this feature.

Add Course Details

Add Course Details

Add your course name by typing in the course name field [1].

If your course name is longer than 21 characters, you can create a course code in the Short Name field [2].

Note: If your course name is too short to create a Short Name, you can create a course code later in your Course Settings.

Set the content license by selecting the content license drop-down menu [3]. This setting will help Canvas can track of the default license for content inside of your course. By default all content is considered copyrighted, but you can also release your content to the public domain or choose a Creative Commons license. Learn more about Creative Commons licenses. You can also change the license in Course Settings.

If you want to make the course publicly visible, click the Make course publicly visible (student data will remain private) checkbox [3].

Create Course

Create Course

Click the Create course button.

View Course Shell

View the new course shell.

Repeat these steps to create additional course shells.

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