When your Canvas course is ready for students, “Publish” it. On your course home page, on the sidebar under Course Status, click the Publish button.

  • Publish enables the course to open to students on the course start date.
    By default this is the Friday before the semester begins.
  • Instructors can edit the start or end dates.
    • Settings > Course Details > Start/End dates > Update Course Details (Save).
  • Courses that are not Published will never display to students.