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Get your spring online courses ready in Canvas

Helpful resources to help faculty build courses.

By Matt Griswold, Ed.D.

January 6, 2021

Student sitting at desk working on laptop, rainbow mural behind.Faculty members who have been assigned to teach spring 2021 courses can now access student-facing course shells that have been automatically created and added to the faculty members’ Canvas profiles.

Faculty members can find these courses in their All Courses list, accessed by clicking the “Courses” icon in the Canvas navigation bar, then the “All Courses” link. If faculty members are expecting a specific course but do not see it in this listing, they should contact their department’s class-schedule coordinator to ensure that they have been added as an instructor for that course in Banner.

Once faculty are ready to begin building their spring courses, they can check out the step-by-step walk-throughs posted on the Introduction to Canvas page of the Metropolitan State University of Denver Ready self-help tutorials website. Specifically, the Course Copy Guide as well as the Post-Import Checklist offer tips on keeping the course organized and functioning after it has been copied. Instructions for sharing a Lead Course (a similar process) are also available on the Top 10 Tutorials Guide page.

SPECIAL NOTE: When copying a Canvas course, please be sure to use only the “selected content” option. Some content from other courses will be part of the institutional blueprint or are settings/tools that should not be copied from one semester to another. When selecting which specific content to copy to a spring student-facing course, do not select the following options:

  • Course Settings
  • Syllabus Body
  • External Tools

Faculty members who are looking for help with course design, course facilitation, instructional accessibility or other instructional-design and best-practice elements can visit the Center for Teaching, Learning and Design’s Ready website – specifically the Drop-In Support and Self-Help Tutorials pages.

For technical questions or concerns, including how course shells are created or how to create or delete a Sandbox shell, please contact the Information Technology Services Service Desk at 303-352-7548, submit a ticket through or email from your MSU Denver email account.


Topics: Academics, Best practices, Center for Teaching, Learning and Design, Online Learning

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