How do I manage the options in the Course Details tab?

As an instructor, you can manage multiple course settings in a Canvas course.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

View Course Details

View Course Details

Click the Course Details tab.

View Course Identification

View Course Identification

The first section of Course Details shows you an overview of your course, including the course name [1] and course code [2]. Depending on your institution, you may not be able to change your course name and code.

To change your course time zone [3], use the Time Zone drop-down menu.

You can view the subaccount for your course [4], as well as the assigned term date [5].

As long as your course is assigned to a term, your course will be available within those term dates. However, you can choose to set specific start and end dates for your course [6].

You can set a specific language for your course [7]. By default the language is set to Not set, English (US). Selecting a language for your course will override user language preferences and is only recommended for foreign language courses.

The Course Details page also shows the status of the course [8].

View Course Image

View Course Image

If your institution allows you to add an image to a course card in the Dashboard, you can add or replace the course image.

View File Storage

View File Storage

You can view the storage file size allowed in your course. File storage consists of all files in course files and assignment submissions. Administrators at your institution set the file storage quota for each course.

View Grading Scheme

View Grading Scheme

You can enable a grading scheme for your course. A grading scheme is a set of criteria that measures varying levels of achievement in a course. You can also view the current existing grading scheme, if any.

View License

View License

You can view the license for your course. By default all content is considered private and copyrighted, but you can also release your content to the public domain or choose a Creative Commons license. When making your course public, you will most likely want to set a license for your course.

View Visibility

View Visibility

You can view any visibility settings for your course. Each visibility option is independent of the others. You can customize course visibility, customize content visibility, and include the course in the public course index.

You may also be able to change student access settings to allow or restrict students from viewing your course before the start or end date.

View Formats

View Formats

You can set the format for your course in the Format menu [1]. This setting specifies the intended format of the course. To change the course format, click the format drop-down menu.

You can also set the format for ePub downloads. In the Feature Options tab, you can allow students to download your course as an ePub file. The default ePub organization is by module, meaning only items that students have access to view in each module will be included in the ePub file. However, you can choose to set your course organization by content type (e.g. assignments, quizzes, etc.) [2].

View Description

View Description

If your course is part of the public course index, you can include a description for your course in the description field.

View More Options

View More Options

You can change more options in your course by clicking the More Options link [1].

You can grant additional course privileges for students by selecting the appropriate checkbox [2]:

  • Allow students to self-enroll by clicking the Let students self-enroll by sharing with them a secret URL or code checkbox.
  • Allow students to attach files to discussion posts by clicking the Let students attach files to Discussions checkbox.
  • Allow students to create new discussion topics by clicking the Let students create Discussion Topics checkbox.
  • Allow students to edit or delete their own discussion posts by clicking the Let students edit or delete their own discussion posts checkbox.
  • Allow students to organize their own Groups by clicking the Let students organize their own groups checkbox.
  • You can hide student grade totals in the grades page by clicking the Hide totals in student grades summary checkbox.
  • You can hide the grade distribution graphs in the grades page by clicking the Hide grade distribution graphs from students checkbox.
  • You can disable comments on announcements by clicking the Disable comments on announcements checkbox.
  • You can also allow students to edit course pages by default by selecting the Edit course pages drop-down menu.