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Course Creation (Instructors)

Course Creation (Instructors)

In this video, you will learn how to create and publish a new Canvas course.

Last updated 2023-06-02


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Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas; they are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements. Depending on your institution's Canvas theme, the Canvas interface may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.


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In this video, you will learn how to create and publish a new Canvas course.

The ability to create a new course may be restricted by your institution. Additionally, your institution may automatically create all new courses for you. If your course already exists, you can learn more about populating it with content by watching our videos at or by reading the guides at

You can create a new Canvas course from your dashboard. To create a new Canvas course, click the Start a New Course button. Enter the course name. If your course name is long enough, you can also enter a short name for your course. Then select the appropriate content license. To create the course, click the Create course button.

You can add course content, change course settings, and add people to your course. Once you have populated your course with content and people, your course is ready to publish. If you have manually added users to your course, they will receive a course invitation when you publish the course. On the course home page click the Publish button.

To learn more about creating and managing specific types of content in your course and managing course settings, please watch our other Canvas Instructor videos.

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