Checklist: Building and launching your LMS subject

Use this checklist to make sure you have covered off all key areas when building your LMS subject this semester, and that it is ready to publish to students.

This checklist has been updated for Semester 2, 2022.

Get started with the LMS

Training and professional development

We recommend completing a combination of the following training options to suit your needs and availability.

Access your current Subjects and Communities

Build and update your subject


If applicable, ensure your subject content is copied over from a previous delivery of the same subject. For further information, see the LMS subject creation and subject copy forward process guide. If you are creating a new LMS site, see our downloadable LMS templates for sample templates you can load into your subject to assist in your subject’s build.

Assessment and feedback

Lecturing online



For copyright compliance and best student experience, we strongly recommend providing subject information directly in pages rather than uploaded files.

Check your content and settings


Ally is a tool that assesses the accessibility of your content on the LMS and provides guidance for improving its accessibility rating. Ally also has the ability to provide students with alternative formats of your LMS content. Students will never see the speedometer or accessibility rating of files in your subject or community. See Making your subject content accessible using Ally for more information.

Preview with Student View

The following should be checked using Student View within your subject. See the How do I view a course as a test student using Student View? for more information.

Mobile app

Make the subject available to students

Student enrolment and management

Publish the subject

In order for students to have access to a subject in the LMS, the subject must be published. The automatic publishing of Subjects is managed by LMS faculty representatives. Subjects are typically published at 10 am 10 days before their start date as recorded in StudentOne. Staff with the role of Subject Coordinator or Instructor can publish the subject any time.

Further support

LMS support

  • Visit staff guides for step by step guides
  • Visit LMS FAQs for answers to common questions
  • Log in to the LMS and click LMS support in the global menu to access 24/7 Canvas support, guides, and more

Learning Environments support

This guide was last updated 18 Nov 2022.
Please report any errors or omissions in this guide by submitting an LMS support request.

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