What is the difference between concluding and deleting a 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.

A concluded course is a course that ends by either the SIS information or assigned term dates and becomes a read-only archive of the course for both students and instructors.

A deleted course is a course that is manually removed, usually by an instructor. It will not appear in enrollments or past courses and is not accessible to anyone at your institution.

Note: If the Conclude this Course button does not appear in Course Settings, your administrator has restricted this setting for the institution.

Concluding a Course

Concluding a Course

In concluding a course, you and your students can no longer participate in the course, and it will appear in your prior courses list.

Typically you won’t have to worry about concluding a course since the end date of the course will automatically conclude the course on your behalf. Also, at your institution, a specific term like a winter semester or a fall semester also has this specific end date, which will conclude all the associated courses within it.

Learn more about concluding courses.

Deleting a Course

Deleting a Course

Deleting a course means the course will not appear in the course menu, enrollments page, or past enrollments in any form. We do not recommend deleting a course, especially if the course has students and content in it. Once you delete a course, you and no one else at your institution will be able to access to it. If you only want to remove it from the course drop-down menu, you should conclude the course or change the course end date.

Learn more about deleting courses.