Is the structure or functionality of my course changed in some way, or is this just an administrative note so we can see how many of our courses are being taught online?
This is what the guide says:
"You can view the format for your course. This setting shows if a course is intended to be an online course or a supplement to a face-to-face course. To change the course format, click the format drop-down menu."
You can find more information about this at
How do I set details for a course?
It doesn't really "do" anything. It's more of a descriptor for the course. If I had to guess, it's probably used to identify an online course in the Canvas Catalog which is a supplementary addon to Canvas for Higher Ed to do course registration.
This text is not very helpful. I had to read it several times before I realized that the effect of the setting is to indicate the kind of course. Otherwise, it seems like the text simply enumerates the options, but fails to describe the effect. Perhaps the setting is misnamed? "Format" seems to indicate a choice that will in some way affect the look and feel of the course, e.g. the course layout or arrangement. Is canvas planning to use this setting to affect course formatting in the future?
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