Start of semester LMS checklist: Launching your subject in Canvas

This checklist helps you to ensure that all key areas of your Canvas subject are complete and ready to publish to students

Use the starter checklist to:

  • check all key areas of your Canvas subject are complete
  • ensure your Canvas subject is ready for launch at the beginning of the semester

You can either:

When building your subject prior to release, see our building your subject checklist

Publish the subject

Staff and student access





Staff can create Groups for various needs such as assessment, marking, communication and collaboration.


Staff can create Sections for administrative or teaching purposes. From 2020 onwards, the creation of tutorial groups as Sections will be supported.

Lecture Capture

Mobile app

Student Preview

The following should be checked using Student Preview within your subject:


Canvas support

  • Visit Canvas guides for step by step guides
  • Visit Canvas FAQ's for answers to common questions
  • In Canvas  technical support: click 'Support' (lower left of any Canvas page) to access 24/7 Canvas support, Canvas Guides, and more.

Project Evolve support

For guidelines on the development of online components for subjects read the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Framework.