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Behind the scenes - course activation

Question asked by Robert Jones on May 8, 2015
Latest reply on May 11, 2015 by Robert Jones

Hi All

Not 100% sure if this is the right area but here goes. I thought it might be worth while sharing some of our Canvas developments in this community.

So the first covers our activation process here at the University of Birmingham for canvas courses.

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We manage this though a webform on our servers. It allows staff to create courses that can be used for

  • individual programme modules,
  • programmes years,
  • departments level UnderGrad, Taugh or Research Post Grad, departments year.

The above selections will automatically enrol students onto these course based on information from our student management system by using entering a course code matching the course code in the student records system

There is an autonomous which means a user can create a course without any links to users


When creating the course Staff can then specify the sub-account which is linked to the structure of our Colleges / schools. By selecting the sub-account they can also be presented with any pre-designed templates for courses that have been designed and agreed by the department or school.


Here is a link to a video produced by Trevor Batchelor who designed the system


Hope people find this useful and I wonder how other people do this?