Course Management

Import Content From Another Course

import_stampImporting content (which is simply anything you build in a course) is an essential task when using Canvas.

An instructor will always need to copy content from one course to another for a variety of reasons.

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Manage Your Email Notifications From Canvas

email_graphic_manyCanvas automatically sends email notifications to students and instructors to alert them to activities within a course.  There are many actions that can trigger a notification, such as changing a Due Date, an assignment submission, new grades posted, and so on.  Some are important, many are helpful, while others may seem unnecessary.

You control which actions send an email notification, as well as how often an email is sent.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I set my Notifications preferences?

Customize Your Course List

starBetween “sandbox” (development) courses you create yourself, or “official” courses generated by the college, most instructors will inevitably have a large number of courses in Canvas.

It’s easy to have your most used courses readily available on the Dashboard and Courses list, while keeping others out of sight but still easy to get to when needed.  The secret is the star.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I customize my Courses list?  (including the Dashboard)

How To Delete A Course

All instructors have the ability to create new courses in Canvas (for course development only).  You can name courses whatever you like, and make as many as you need.

PrintBut sometimes this can lead to a bit of a mess, and you may want to delete some courses.

Not to worry… deleting a course is as easy as creating one.

  • Instructors may only delete courses they have created.
    (See Make a New “Sandbox” Course)
  • Instructors cannot delete “official” courses created by the college (containing student enrollments).

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I permanently delete a course?

Make A New “Sandbox” Course

sand·box    /’san(d) bäks/

  1. a shallow box or hollow partly filled with sand to play in.
  2. a virtual space in which new or untested software can be run securely.


Want to play around in Canvas?

Faculty can create their own development courses in Canvas.  These are sometimes referred to as “sandbox” courses, since they are a place to explore, experiment and build new things.

Photo of sandbox

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Combine Multiple Sections Into A Single Canvas Course

arrows_mergingA Canvas course shell is automatically generated for each official scheduled District section.  

Instructors can request to have multiple course sections combined together into a single Canvas course, while still recognizing which students are enrolled in each section.

When sections are combined, the instructor can still view student enrollments for each section, filter the Gradebook to display only a specific section, differentiate due dates per section, and more.

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Add Sample Students To Your Course

people_students_1950s_siloWhen developing and testing a course, sometimes it feels like something is missing… students!

If you would like to populate Grades with some sample names, or get some practice with the Groups tool, it can help to have some fake students to work with.


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