Closing Out the Year With Canvas

How to end your course and use it next year

June 3, 2015

What will happen to my course at the end of the year?

At the end of the year/term, which is July 2nd for teachers, courses will go from active to completed courses. Once completed, no further changes to the course will be possible. If your course was manually created, or the term date was adjusted, the End of Year Manual Settings guide will assist you with manually completing your course.

Students have no restrictions on viewing course content after school ends, so they will continue to be able view your course. If you would like to prevent students from accessing the content, this will also be covered in the guide above.


Good News- You won't lose your course! While you will no longer be able to work on or edit your course, it will be accessible under "Past Enrollments". You can copy the course into next year's course that will be generated for you based on your school site's master schedule.

If you would like to work on your course over the summer, you can create a manual course, and copy your content into the manual course you created. Once your courses for next year are generated, repeat the process and pull your content into the course that was created for you!

Course Copy Guide

How to Create a Manual Course

New Features

  • Save & Publish - If you are ready for your new page to go live, you can now use the "Save & Publish" button. This saves you the time of having to save your course, then publish it.
  • Course List Fix - Previously, Canvas showed all enrollments a user had in a course at the "View all or Customize" view. Now, if a user has multiple enrollments within one course, this view will condense the course listings so that course will only appear on the list once.

Sharing is Caring

Canvas Commons allows teachers to share their course material in an easy to use and searchable format.We have been given the opportunity to pilot the Canvas Commons feature before it is released to all users.

As some of you may know, "With great power comes great responsibility". Canvas aims to generate content for Commons with this pilot, so that once released to all users, there will be usable searchable course items.

If you would like to contribute to this collection, please email Janine with the details of the items you would like add to the Canvas Commons public page.

What is Canvas Commons?

How do I get a Commons resource into my course?

How do I view a resource imported from Commons into my course?

How do I share to Commons?