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@Faculty Quick Start: Canvas Basics

Publishing your course

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You must publish a course before students can access it and its contents.

Even if every item within your course is published, those items will not be visible to students until the course itself is published! Similarly, you cannot message or send announcements to students until the course is published.

You can publish your course in the Course Home Page sidebar


  • Publishing your course will send invitations to any users who were manually added to your course. Users added via SIS import will not receive an invitation. 
  • Course invitations will not be sent until after the course start date. (The start date is commonly the term date, unless the term is being overridden by a specific course or section date in Course Settings.)

Open Course

Open Course

In Global Navigation, click the Courses link [1], then click the name of the course [2].

Publish Course

In the Sidebar, click the Publish button.

Note: On smaller screens, the Sidebar displays beneath Course Home Page content.

View Confirmation

View Confirmation

A message will appear at the top of your screen confirming the publishing of your course.

Unpublish Course

Unpublish Course

If you need to unpublish your course, click the Unpublish button in the sidebar. Students who already received course invitations will not be able to access your course.

NOTE: Once your course contains a graded submission, you can no longer unpublish your course.