This article will help you request a Canvas course site, review the new site for accuracy, and publish the site.
Before You Start
Wharton instructors may now make Canvas site requests, as well as requests for Study.Net copyrighted readings and instructional consultations, through Wharton's Courseware Request Form. This new form is one of several teaching-needs forms and surveys now made available to faculty at Wharton Instruction Center (under the "Tech Surveys" menu choice).
When preparing to submit either a Courseware Request Form or an emailed service request to email@example.com, you'll want to gather the following information:
- The course and section number(s) for any Wharton course (Lauder language course sites are treated as Wharton sites)
- The PennKey username for any other instructors or TAs who need access (no passwords are needed)
- If not using the Courseware Request Form, a syllabus or other guidance about desired features as described in Step 1 below.
To request a site for a non-Wharton course, see Canvas at Penn.
Step 1: Choose your desired structure and features, or request a consultation
The new Courseware Request Form guides you through a series of simple questions intended to help you obtain the functionality you need for each course you teach. For most faculty, beginning with Spring 2022, using that form will be the easiest way to request Canvas.
If you prefer to continue requesting Canvas by email, or to have a staff colleague or TA request on your behalf, here's what to include in that email. Wharton Computing historically offers a choice of four standard Canvas "site types," or configurations: template, starter, advanced and site copy. In addition to those standard types, more elaborate setups or projects are usually planned by requesting an instructional design consultation.
Contains only the basic elements for a Canvas site used to teach a Wharton course.
Includes the "Template" as well as assignments for major course deliverables, such as exams and papers, along with an associated Gradebook column. To create these assignments, we'll need a near-finalized course syllabus or other list of:
- Assignment names
- Due dates and times
- Submission type: on paper or online. For online submissions, consider...
- Do you want to use Turnitin to check for plagiarism?
- Do you want to restrict the file type to Word files, pdfs, or even media or URL submissions?
- If you will return grades online, what are the maximum points possible for the assignment?
Includes the "Starter" configuration, plus assignments for:
- Class meetings
- Readings to be done before class
- Case questions
- Special events like guest lectures and review sessions
Please attach a finalized syllabus to your request.
Contains materials from a previous Canvas site, as detailed:
- Assignments, Pages, Files, Calendar Events, and Quizzes. Copied quizzes carry their old dates , so they will be available to students when you publish the course unless you adjust availability dates.
- Files that were published in the old site will be published in the new one. You are responsible for reviewing all copied files to ensure they are suitable for student view, or if they should be hidden.
Whether you're using the Courseware Request form or emailing us with configuration details, the creation of a standard Canvas course site at Wharton normally requires up to three business days. Our team will confirm completion by responding (via email) to your form submission or other request.
Step 2: Review your completed site
Please check your site to ensure that...
- Quizzes and assignments are published, and that they contain the proper due/availability dates.
- Online submission is enabled for any assignments you wish students to submit to Canvas.
- All graded assignments have a point value.
- All grades are hidden by default. Adjust post policies for any assignment (such as a homework quiz) where grades should be released automatically.
- Student groups (if any) are in place.
- Any group assignments are linked to existing student groups.
- Materials in Files are available to students, or hidden, as you prefer.
Step 3: Publish your site
You must publish your Canvas site before students may access it. Only instructors (not TAs or administrators) may publish a site, and the Courseware team will not do so unless asked.