Countdown to Course Launch Checklist


#10 - Gather Class Materials - CurricuNet & Bookstore

  • Review your course's Course Outline of Record (COR) on CurricuNet to get an idea of the learning objectives, course materials and course components. Reach out to your Dean and faculty colleagues for advice on navigating and implementing your COR
  • Place your course material orders with the Bookstore before the deadline.
    • The sooner you place your orders the better to give students more advance notice of required materials, to give the Bookstore time to find the best deals for students, and to give the library time to order reserve copies.
    • If you are using OER materials, notify your Division Assistant (so they can add that to the schedule) and the Bookstore (to have print copies made available if needed).

#9 - Import the Cañada Course Template

If you're building a course from scratch or you're updating/reorganizing a course you've taught before, you might want to check out our Course Template. It offers fully customizable module, assignment, discussion, quiz and page templates for you to put together in whatever way works for you, your discipline and your students.

#8 - Set Up Your Getting Started Module

Our Getting Started Module Template is included in the Course Template, or you can import it separately. It comes packed with all of the essential Cañada information that students need to be successful each semester, and templates for you to fill in with your essential course information. You can also build your Getting Started Module from scratch with these essential elements.

#7 - Design Your Course Home Page

The Course Template includes Home Page templates that you might want to explore and customize, or you can design your own. Just be sure to set up a home page that welcomes students to your course and clearly directs them where to go next in your course.

#6 - Create an Accessible Syllabus

Your syllabus is great place to set the tone for your course and for your interactions with students, while giving them everything they need to be successful in your course. And, you guessed it, we've included an accessible syllabus template in our Course Template. Take a look at that and make it your own!

#5 - Set Up Zoom & Panopto in Your Course

  • If you will be meeting synchronously with students during class times, or holding virtual office hours, schedule those recurring meetings in the Zoom integration in Canvas at the start of the semester. This way students will always be able to find the correct links to your Zoom meetings by clicking Zoom on the left in Canvas.
  • Similarly, enable the Panopto Video link in your course navigation. This will ensure that any Zoom recordings will populate in Panopto. You can also use Panopto to host, record and edit any other videos for your course as well.

#4 - Set Up the Canvas Gradebook

Using the gradebook in Canvas is a great way to communicate students' progress in the course automatically and securely. The gradebook also offers features like weighted grading, the Speedgrader, and messaging students based on their submission status, that will save you a lot of time in your grading process.

#3 - Draft Your Welcome Email

Send out a welcome email to students before the course is published in Canvas to give them a chance to prepare for the start of the course. Our Welcome Email Template is great place to start when drafting your welcome email, but feel free to draft your own.

#2 - Put On the Finishing Touches

#1 - Publish Items, Modules, & Your Course (3 minutes)

Publish the parts of your course that students need to see and remember to publish your course itself when you're ready for students to see it.

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Congratulations, Your Course Is Launched!

Don't Forget to Send Your Welcome Announcement.

Our Course Template includes a welcome announcement template that you can send out to students once the course is published to invite them to jump into your course.