Beginning of Semester Checklist

1) Course Creation

  • All courses that are managed in the OPUS system have corresponding course shells created automatically in Canvas. The schedule for creation of the shells is as follows:
    • Spring shells will be available on the last Friday of October
    • Summer shells will be available on the last Friday of January
    • Fall shells will be available on the last Friday of March
  • If you do not see one of your courses on your Dashboard, click on 'Courses' in the Canvas global menu and then click on 'All Courses' at the bottom of that list. You will see courses from previous semesters under the heading, "Past Enrollments". You may also see courses for the upcoming semester listed under 'Future Enrollments'.
  • If you need a course created for a non-OPUS course, please send a message to the Canvas admins at

2) Course Enrollments

  • All student enrollments in OPUS courses are fed into Canvas automatically. Recently enrolled students may not show up in your class roster until the following business day.
  • TAs and co-instructors are not usually included in the OPUS feed. To enroll TAs and co-instructors in your course, click on "People" in your course menu and then click on the button in the top-right corner of the screen labeled "+People". See "How do I add users to a course?" for more information.

3) Add content to your course

4) Get help setting up your course

5) Publish your course and course content

  • When you have your course content ready, be sure to publish all of the modules that you want students to be able to access.
    See for more information about publishing modules.
  • You must publish your course for students to be able to access it.  See How do I publish a course?
  • A course must be published for your students to receive Announcements and other notifications from your course. If you need to send a message to your students before your course is published, use the email tools available in OPUS.