Checklist: Launching your LMS subject

Use this checklist to ensure your LMS subject is complete and ready for publication to students this semester.

This checklist has been updated for Semester 2, 2023.

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Access your current Subjects and Communities

  • Related information

Update your subject

Use our LMS templates for efficient content and layout creation in your subject or community.

We recommend to not roll over or copy forward assessments.


If applicable, copy over subject content from a previous delivery.

Assessment and feedback




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

We recommended hiding the 'Files' link in the subject menu from students.

Check your content and settings


Ally reviews LMS content for accessibility and offers guidance for improvement. It also provides alternative formats for students. Students do not see the speedometer or accessibility rating. Learn more about making your subject content accessible using Ally.

Preview with Student View (or as an external user)

The following should be checked using Student View within your subject. For more information see how do I view a course as a test student using Student View?

Mobile app

With the Canvas Teacher app you can manage content, announcements and more.

Make the subject available to students

Student enrolment and management

Publish the subject

For students to access a subject in the LMS, it must be published. LMS faculty representatives handle auto-publishing and the opt-out process. Typically, subjects are published 10 days before the recorded start date in StudentOne at 10am. However, Subject Coordinators or Instructors can publish the subject at any time.

  • A subject CANNOT be unpublished if a student has interacted with the content.
  • Students will not see announcements or receive emails about announcements unless the subject is published.

Training and professional development

We recommend completing a combination of the following training options. For details on workshops, webinars, and online training modules, visit the LMS workshops section of our website.

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 02 Aug 2023.

Please report any errors or omissions in this guide by submitting an LMS support request.