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    • By default, all courses will be set to be unpublished.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.