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Canvas Course Participation Settings

by Michael Merline on 2021-07-30T10:00:00-05:00 | Comments

Many Fall 2021 courses will be available in Canvas soon! As you prepare for this upcoming term, please keep in mind Canvas course access settings to ensure students are able to view your course as soon as it’s ready.

When setting up your Canvas course, decide between the Term and Course Participation setting for managing student access to your course. The Term option is the default for newly-created Canvas courses and limits course participation to the “terms” setup in our Canvas system. Please keep in mind that Canvas term dates don’t match UW-Superior term dates exactly, so courses utilizing the Term setting will be accessible to students as soon as they’re published, and students will be able to participate in any open Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes.

Canvas Course Participation Settings

If you toggle the Participation dropdown to the Course setting, instead of the default Term option, student participation will be limited to the start and end date you enter in the Start and End date boxes (located below the Participation selector). If you use this option, remember to do the following:

  • Enter a Start or End date that corresponds with your class schedule.
  • Check either of the Restrict students from viewing course… checkboxes, as necessary.

Note: We recommend leaving both of these boxes unchecked.


For more information about managing access to your Canvas course, please visit this Canvas Instructor Guide page:

Canvas Instructor Guide: How do I change the start and end dates for a course?


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