Once you have your Canvas account created, you can begin to add courses. Adding new courses is easy inside of Canvas. You can create multiple courses, titile, them, and color code them in order to keep them organized. Canvas also allows you to create additional sections within a course. Students will not have access to your course until it is published, allowing you to customize your course before sharing it with your class.
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- [Voiceover] Now that we've completed our teacher profile and customized the settings and notifications, we're ready to create our first course. In order to do this, I'm going to go to the global navigation bar and click on Dashboard. Here I notice a message at the top that says, "Welcome to Canvas! You don't have any courses so this page will not be very exciting." And it's not. We don't have any courses added and no course cards appear. In order to create my first course, I'm going to click on the button on the right hand side that says Start a New Course. A pop up box appears and asks us to give the course name, and in this case, my course is Biology 101, and then we have the choice of different content licenses as far as who can use your course.
You can keep it as private and copyrighted, or at the other end of the spectrum, you can list it as a public domain. Then anyone can use it and see it. Now there are also some options for Creative Commons licenses, and I'm not going to cover all the specific guidelines for Creative Commons, but if you want more information on this topic, you can visit the Creative Commons website at creativecommons.org. In this case, I'm going to keep mine at private (copyrighted). I'm also going to click here so it's not publicly visible, and then I'm going to create my course, and just like that, we've created our first course, Biology 101.
Now in the middle of the course page, I see a button that says Setup Checklist, and if I click on this, I see a checklist of things that I need to do in order to complete the creation of my course. I'm not going to follow the steps of this in order, so I'll close this out, but you can access that until you publish your course. Now, speaking of publishing your course, you'll notice in the upper right corner the course status of whether your course is unpublished or published, and in this case, it's currently unpublished. In order to publish it, I'll click on the Publish button. I don't want to do that right now however.
You will not be able to invite students or share resources until your course is published, but for now, as we're creating it, we are the only ones that will have access to it, and that's a good thing. Now on the left hand side, you'll notice that we have our course navigation bar with Home at the top, and some of the different sections that we'll be able to utilize. So, now that we've seen this, let's get started in organizing our course.
- Setting up a teacher account and profile
- Creating the course and syllabus
- Adding a grading scheme
- Creating student groups
- Using group discussions
- Creating assignments and quizzes
- Building test question banks
- Exploring the grading tools (including SpeedGrader)
- Working with modules
- Publishing a course