As a brand new user of canvas, I am perplexed as to the difference between activating my course and publishing my course ....
Appreciate the help!
SHEILA, I did a bit of research on your Institution's Teaching and Learning Technologies website and from this guide - How do I activate a semester-based course in Canvas?: Teaching Technology Guides - it appears that "Activating a course" relates to the creation of your course in Canvas so you can start adding course content. In contrast, publishing your course - How do I publish a course? - is what you do AFTER you add your course content and are ready for students to have access to it.
Hope this helps!
SHEILA, I've been using Canvas for a few years and out of context I'm not sure what the difference is between activating and publishing.
Publishing is a pretty common Canvas term used to describe a course that is now open and, dependent on the course start date, available to students and/or anyone else that should have access to the course (other than the Instructor, TA, Designer, and Admins).
Here's more information on publishing your course - How do I publish a course?
If you can provide the link or reference where "activating a course" is discussed I might be able to help more!
We use the term 'activating' when we create a brand new course from scratch and then build the course content.
SHEILA, this might depend on how your school has set up students' access to courses. We used to use a system in our Portal whereby students would click on a Student Academics tab to access their Canvas courses. In order for the courses to be accessible to students, teachers had to "activate" the Portal links. This process was entirely separate from building and publishing the course in Canvas. Specifically, teachers would first build their courses in Canvas behind the scenes, then publish them in Canvas, and finally activate them in the Portal, generally on the first day of classes. Happily, we switched away from that system about a year ago, rendering the "activate" part of the process unnecessary; students were able to access their courses in Canvas through the same Student Academics tab as soon as teachers published them in Canvas.
Perhaps that's something like what you're seeing?
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