Start of Semester Checklist
Best Practices for your Canvas Course
This checklist is a starting point to ensure your course is ready for student access and engagement prior to the start of a new term. Use this tool as a starting point to ready yourself and your course.
[ ] Create or Import Your Content
You may need to manually add content or import content from another course, previous term, or the Canvas Commons.
[ ] Choose your Course Home Page
The course home page is the first impression your students will have of your course. Choose the display option that best fits the needs of your course.
[ ] Check Links with Link Validator
The longer you use a course shell and the weblinks inside of it, the greater the chance that those links will stop working. Use the link validator tool to check for inactive links, and update as needed.
[ ] Customize Course Navigation
For better student engagement, customize the course navigation with only the tools you will use during the semester.
[ ] Update Course Card Image
The course card image is what students (and you!) see on the Canvas Dashboard. Update this image to reflect the course you are teaching.
[ ] Set Start Date
Double check the start date of your course in the Canvas course settings, and adjust as necessary.
[ ] Review Course in Student View
Want to experience your course as your students do to make sure everything is working properly? Enter student view and have a look around!
[ ] Verify Students in the People Link
Before the term starts (and during the first couple weeks), it's a great idea to cross reference your Canvas and Banner rosters.