Use Modules to organize your course materials.Organize your Modules by week, unit, or other organizational structure that will most benefit the students in accessing your online content. Your modules should used to organize your course content including files, assignments, quizzes, and other resources. Be sure your modules are published in Canvas so students can access them.
Hide course menu links.Hiding course navigation menu items can reduce confusion for your students and keep them focused on the relevant course materials. Generally, it is best to hide any menu items that students will not be using or content types that students will access through Modules. Commonly unused tools include Attendance, Chat, Collaborations, Conferences, and Outcomes. Content types that should be accessed through Modules, and therefore hidden in the course menu, include Files, Pages, Assignments, and Quizzes.
Check the Gradebook for alignment with your course syllabus. The Canvas Gradebook is directly tied to graded activities in Canvas. Graded activities include graded discussions, graded quizzes/surveys, and assignments. If you need a column for manual grade entry, you will need to create a "No Submission" or "On Paper" assignment in Canvas. Review the Canvas Guides for information on giving extra credit in a Canvas course. For any questions about the Canvas gradebook, especially if it does not appear to be calculating appropriately, please send an email to email@example.com.
Use Student View to preview your course.Student View can help you quickly determine whether students can access content you want them to and cannot access content you don't want them to.
Check that the syllabus is up-to-date and accessible. Learn more about working with Files in Canvas.
If desired, enter your contact information and office hours on your Canvas Profile.
Check that your "Start Here" module, announcement and/or home page has updated text, is specific to the course, and provides students guidance on where to begin and what to expect the first day of class.
Review the Published status of content and modules. All content and modules should be published if they are to be used in the course. The Publish status should not be used to control access to content, instead use availability dates, module requirements/prerequisites, and/or lock dates to control access.
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