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How do I create a new subject from the Homeroom as an instructor?

How do I create a new subject from the Homeroom as an instructor?

If you have permission from your institution, you can create new subjects from your Homeroom. New subjects are created as course shells which can host course content and enrollments for your institution.

When you create a course from the Homeroom, you are automatically added to the course as an instructor. No other enrollments exist in the course, though you may be able to add users to a new course. Additionally, new courses do not contain course content. In the new course, you can create new content and add existing content using the course import tool and by sharing content from an existing course.

Alternatively, you can create a new course to use as a sandbox. A sandbox is a course without student enrollments where you can create, modify, and preview course content and structure without student interference. You can then share or import your sandbox content into live courses.


  • If you are not able to start a course as shown in these instructions, your institution has disabled this feature. Some institutions provide courses to faculty automatically via SIS (student information system) imports. For assistance creating a new course, contact your Canvas Admin.
  • If your institution is using a course template, your new course will be populated with content from that template.

Start a New Subject

In the Homeroom, click the Start a New Subject icon.

Note: If you do not see this icon in Canvas, your institution has disabled this feature.

Create Subject

Create Subject

Type your course name in the Subject Name field [1].

To sync enrollments and subject start and end dates from your homeroom, click the Sync enrollments and course start/end dates from homeroom checkbox [2]. Then select the homeroom which you'd like to sync from using the Select a homeroom dropdown [3].

To create your subject, click the Create button [4].

Note: Concluded homeroom courses do not display in the Select a homeroom dropdown.

View Subject

View the new subject. Depending on your institution's preference, you can use either the Course Setup Checklist or the Canvas Course Setup Tutorial to populate your course at any time.

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