Beginning-of-course Checklist for teachers

The Beginning-of-Course Checklist is a starting point for ensuring your course is ready to go for student access at the start of a new course term. Use the checklist to minimize the risk of forgetting something and to make sure your course is ready for publication.

How to use this checklist

Relevant help guides are linked throughout the text. Please note that this is for your benefit only and there is no demand to report. We know each institution has unique requirements for their courses, so we hope this document will serve as a great resource or starting point.

First we recommend that you take some time to go through our guide pages and information about Canvas  on the web, read about how to get support and check out this self-study course and the Modules: "Canvas@KTH - An introductory course" . This will get you prepared for learning how to best use Canvas.

Beginning-of-Course Practices

  • Set a Profile Picture

  • Accessibility

    • Keep accessability in mind throughout building your course. Create pages instead of uploading documents. If possible avoid too many PDF:s. Create clear links that is comprehensible on its own and describe where it leads. Images should have alt text describing the image. Videos should be subtitled or have a text explanation as a complement.

    • Trainer Tip: In the text editor in Canvas (Rich Content editor) there is a button available to quickly read whether the page and your content are available. Try! Read more about Canvas Accessibility Checker (external page, Canvas Community) .

    • Trainer Tip: Small things make a difference, read about 5 tips to improve your Canvas course .

  • Check your modules

    • If you have used the Modules function to build your course, you can also use it to check that everything works. Click on Modules in the course menu and look through your content. Is the course content structured in a logical way and with clear headings? Is everything you want to have in Modules in a Module?

  • Publish Course and Content

    • Check visibility of individual items and Modules as a whole, that is make sure they are published. Published items and Modules have a green checkmark on the right side, unpublished items and Modules have a gray circle with a line through it instead. Don’t forget to check the assignments and quizzes so that they are visible for students. Don’t forget to publish your course! How do I publish my course? (external page, Canvas Community)

    • Trainer Tip: You can unpublish any items you don’t want students to see.

    • Trainer Tip: An unpublished Module will be hidden from students even if content in the Module is published.

  • Choose Home Page

    • The Home Page is the first impression of a course. Use the guide to Home Page options (external page, Canvas Community)  and choose the one that best fits the needs of your course. Think about what content you choose for Home Page, (Home) so that it will not only be an extra step for the students to get to the material they are looking for (which may be in modules). When you choose pictures, always think about the purpose and context. We do not recommend to just have a picture for Home Page, read more on Tips for making a course room in Canvas .

  • Review Course in Student View 

    • Review your course content from Student View to experience your course from a student perspective. How do I use Student View? (external page, Canvas Community)
    • Trainer Tip: Student View adds a test student to Grades. After participating in Student View, enter your Gradebook as a teacher to view any Test Student entries.

  • Ask the students

    • Don't be afraid to ask the students about their opinion on the course room. Is it easy to find the material? Keep a dialogue with the students about their virtual classroom and listen to their suggestions for improvements.

  • Check relevant dates

    • A good way of getting an overview of due dates in the course is by clicking Calendar in the left hand menu. Colour the course you want to control and the due dates for the course will display. 

    • If there are assignments locked by a specific time you see them in Assignments in the course menu.

  • Smartphone 

    • Check so your course room looks the way you expect when accessing it from a smartphone because many students will follow the course on a phone and app instead of a computer.

  • Verify Students in the People Link

Continuation of Course-practice (extras)

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