This article will help you request a Canvas course site, review the new site for accuracy, and publish the site.
Before You Start
- 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)
- The type of site you'd like (detailed below)
To request a site for a non-Wharton course, see Canvas at Penn.
Step 1: Choose a site type
The Courseware Team offers four types of course sites: template, starter, advanced and site copy.
Contains only the basic elements of a Canvas site.
Includes major course deliverables like exams and papers. To create these assignments, we'll need a course syllabus or some 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 elements of a starter site, 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.
Once you've decided what type of site you want, contact the Courseware team. The creation of a standard course site normally takes up to three business days.
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.