What are the different states of a Canvas course?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

Canvas courses have three essential states: unpublished, published, and concluded.

View Unpublished Course

View Unpublished Course

Unpublished courses are courses in preparation; they are courses being authored by instructors, instructional designers, and administrators. While a course is unpublished, students cannot access or participate in the course. If an institution does not restrict permission, students can see their future enrollments in the Future Enrollments section of the Courses menu in the Global Navigation Menu.

When the course material is deemed ready by the designer, instructor, or administrator, it may be published with the click of a button.

If a course is never published, the course will remain in the students' Future Enrollments section.

View Published Course

View Published Course

Published courses are instantly available to students who may be assigned via SIS integration, or manually by the instructor, administrator, or TA. When published, activity is dictated by the dates and status of course assignments and modules. Individual assignments, modules, or other course content can be individually locked (made unavailable to students) or assigned a date in the future, prior to which students will not be able to see or participate in said course component.

These courses will appear in the My Courses section of the Courses menu in the Global Navigation Menu.

View Concluded Course

View Concluded Course

Concluded courses are courses that are completed according to the SIS information or term dates, or courses that have been manually marked complete by an instructor or administrator. In concluding a course, instructors and students can no longer participate in the course. This is the archived state of the course.

These courses will appear in the Past Courses section of the Courses menu in the Global Navigation Menu.