Instructors, when your Canvas course is ready for students, “Publish” it.  (On course home page, at top right, click the Publish button.)

  • Publish enables the course to open for students on the course start date.
    • Default course start dates are the Friday before the semester begins.
    • Summer is treated as one big semester.
  • Unpublished courses never open for students.
  • Instructors, to adjust a course start date, do either:
    • wait and publish on your chosen date, or
    • edit the start date:
      • Course > Settings > Course Details tab > Start/End dates > Update Course Details (Save).