Course Creation

Academic Courses

CSU creates courses in Canvas for all academic graded sections systematically.

  • Summer/Fall courses are created the previous February
  • Spring courses are created the previous September

Academic course enrollments

Labs and recitations are created by request. These sections may be cross-listed into an academic lecture course.

Request a non-graded section in Canvas through ARIESweb. Under the Instructor Tools heading, select Request Canvas Special Courses link, then choose the Special Course Request Form. Please allow up to 3 business days for the courses to appear in Canvas.

Development Courses

It is recommended that Instructors use their Teaching course to develop content if possible.

Development courses are only used by instructors/designers who want to begin developing content in Canvas when:

  • The potential course is not yet approved
  • The semester is too far in the future that a teaching assignment cannot be made

The content created in these courses can be copied into Teaching courses.

Note: Development courses never have students.

Request a development course in Canvas through ARIESweb. Under the Instructor Tools heading, select Request Canvas Special Courses link, then choose the Development Course Request Form. Please allow up to 3 business days for the courses to appear in Canvas.

Success Courses

Success Canvas Courses are created by request and are used to support academics. Course content and interactions must contribute directly to student academic success. Most course enrollments are opt-in by students.

Success courses are not for;

  • Academic credit
  • File storage, or reading/viewing materials (web page, reference page)
  • Employee training

See diagram for Success course criteria.

Request a success course by completing the Canvas Success Course request form and email to the address provided.