How do I publish and unpublish a course? Do I need to do this? How do instructors make a course available to students?


    • By default, all courses will be set to be unpublished. You can publish your course by clicking on Publish in your course home page sidebar, or in your course setup checklist under Home. You can unpublish your course by clicking Unpublish, but you can’t unpublish a course once the course has a graded submission. See this link for more details:
    • Students will not see your course on their Canvas Dashboard unless you publish it.

I want to combine my courses into one Canvas site (Cross-list). How do I do this?

Cross-listing allows you to move section enrollments from individual courses and combine them into one course. This feature is helpful for instructors who teach several sections of the same course and only want to manage course data in one location. For more information about cross-listing contact

How do instructors view the students and sections in a course?

All course members are listed under People. You can only add someone with a Widener ID. Select People on the course menu. Click +People in the upper right-hand corner of the page. In the pop-up dialog box, add the user’s login id, select their role, and, if applicable, assign them to the appropriate section and determine whether the user will have access to users in other sections. Then, click Next. You will be given the option to confirm or cancel the enrollments. For more information about adding users to your course, visit

Can I edit a course once it’s concluded?

Once a term has ended, you are unable to edit a past course. This ensures that a concluded course remains intact to not only serve as a reference to you but could also be useful in resolving grievances or grade disputes. Rather than editing content in your concluded courses, you may copy the course content into a new shell and make changes there.

How can I manage my notifications in Canvas if I am not getting them?

    • Canvas gives users a lot of control over how they are notified of course updates.  You can adjust where and how frequently you receive notifications.  To manage your notifications, navigate to Account in the Global Navigation menu (the purple menu on the far left-hand side). Select Notification Preferences to manage them. For step-by-step:
    • If you want to receive notifications for your own posted announcements and discussion forum entries, as you did in Cruiser, you will need to select those options in the list (it is not a default).

How can I add additional methods of contact to my Canvas account?

    • By default, notifications are sent to your Widener email address. To add additional contact methods, click on Account in the Global Navigation menu (which is the purple menu on the far left-hand side). Navigate to Settings, and then click +Email Address to add an additional email address or +Contact method to add a cell number for SMS text notifications. For more information on adding an additional email address to your Canvas account, go to
    • In order to receive notifications via multiple means, including email, phone (via SMS), and web services. You will need to confirm each method of contact to receive notifications. For more information on how to do so, visit

How do I register and integrate web services with Canvas? What about my own Google Drive?

Canvas can be configured with multiple third-party web services, including Google Drive, Skype, Twitter, LinkedIn. You can integrate these web services from your user Settings page. For more information on integrating web services with Canvas, visit       For Google-specific integration, visit