What is the Course Setup Checklist?

The first few times you create a new course in Canvas, it's a challenge to remember all of the steps required. The Course Setup Checklist exists to help you remember to cover all your bases before the course goes live.

If you are not using Draft State, view an archived version of this lesson. You can also view a PDF of all archived lessons in the Course Setup Checklist.

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A course originally starts in an unpublished state allowing instructors to set up your course and ready the content while concealing it from students. Instructors, designers, and admins can add students, teachers, and TAs to the course. As soon as you’re ready then you can publish your course and make it available to the students.

When would I use the Course Setup Checklist?

The Course Setup Checklist appears as a grey pop-up pane at the bottom of your screen when you first create a new course in Canvas. The checklist reminds you to:

Note: Once you have published a course, it cannot be unpublished.

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