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New Courses (23-24)

The Canvas course creation process for 2023-24 will be different from previous years. Courses are now created when MOFS are approved, and will start to appear on your dashboard in March 2023 (in the "Unpublished" area). If all of your 2023-24 courses have not appeared by late April 2023, please contact your School office to ensure you are listed on the Module Outline Form (MOF).

Any colleague listed on a MOF will automatically be given Teacher access to the respective Canvas course. Staff not listed on the MOF can be added manually by your School office.

If you have any queries about the course creation process, you can contact

One of my favourite features of Canvas is just how easy and straightforward it is to use and navigate through its content. I also like how you can customise a course to give it its own unique identity.

Gabrielle Vallons, Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator, Academic Services

Get your Canvas courses ready: checklist

Here is a handy checklist to make sure the Canvas course for your module is ready for the new academic year. You can also find answers to questions in our FAQ at the bottom of the page.

If you are creating new content, you will find a number of useful guides to creating course content in the Canvas Orientation course.

1. Prepare your Canvas Course

Course content is not automatically "rolled over" from previous years. This is to give you the opportunity to review your current course and decide which content, if any, you would like to reuse in the new course.

Canvas enables you to import (copy) selected content from one Canvas course to another quickly and easily. This includes assignments, quizzes, modules, files, pages and discussions. However, it is important that you use the “Select Specific Content” option as using the “Import All” option will overwrite any new default content added by your School for this year.

Please follow this Step-by-Step Guide for New Courses and watch the following video on how to import content. 

2. Create your course homepage

The Homepage is the first impression students will have of your course. Create an introductory message or video for your students and use this space to tell them how to navigate your course content and the tools you will use to communicate with them. You can also use course Announcements to send your students a welcome message and update them on important news and activities.

3. Design your course flow

It is important to create a consistent flow through your Canvas course, so students know where to find information and course content. For example, you could publish materials using a weekly or topic structure; a basic example and layout is provided in the Module view for every new course.

4. Ready your Reading List

Reading lists are imported automatically from the library reading list system. If you have created a reading list with the Library, this will automatically be imported into Canvas.

If your course is a parent-child course (where more than one module is accessing the course) you may need to contact the Library to ensure the reading list is imported successfully.

5. Check the Canvas Baseline

When developing your Canvas course, ensure that your course complies with the University Canvas Baseline. This sets out the minimum core requirements on all University modules within Canvas.

6. Ensure that content is accessible for all students

When creating content for your new 2023-24 courses, please follow our Accessibility Guidelines to ensure all learners can access your content. Use Canvas accessibility features such as Ally to check the content within your course.

7. View your course as a student

The Student View feature will give you a student’s perspective of your course. Please note this feature won’t display third party integrations (e.g. Library Reading Lists, ReCap and Turnitin) but will give you a useful insight into how students see your course content.

8. Publish your course

Don’t forget to publish your course so your students can access and interact with the content.

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