How do I publish a course?

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If you have permission to publish your course, you can publish your course in the Course Home Page sidebar or from the Course Setup Checklist.


  • Publishing a course is a course permission. If you cannot publish your course, your institution has restricted this feature.
  • 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.

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.

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

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