Getting Canvas Courses
What courses will I find in Canvas?
You will find courses you are teaching in the current semester; courses you taught in previous semesters (starting Fall 2014); migrated courses you taught in Blackboard (from Summer 2014 through Fall 2019); and a “sandbox” course.
If you don’t see a sandbox course when you log in to Canvas try searching the All Courses list in Canvas. If you cannot find a sandbox course you can request one.
All courses (except for migrated courses from Blackboard) automatically include student enrollments.
When will my Canvas course be created?
Canvas courses are created about one day after the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) publishes the next term’s Schedule of Classes. Please see the Registration Dates calendar for the exact date. Since we do not always have an exact date well in advance of every term, below you will see approximate windows of when to expect a term’s courses to appear:
- October 15-31: Spring courses are created
- January 15-31: Summer courses are created
- March 15-31: Fall courses are created
Courses added to a term after the Schedule of Classes are published will appear in Canvas by the following business day. Once students begin to register for courses using MyAccess, their enrollments are typically reflected in Canvas within 4-6 hours (but no later than the next business day).
I’m missing a course in Canvas, what can I do?
Changes and updates in MyAccess are not immediately reflected in Canvas, and will be present in Canvas within 4-6 hours (but no later than the next business day).
Canvas relies on official course listing and enrollment data from the Office of the University Registrar (OUR). Courses and enrollments must appear in MyAccess before they automatically appear in Canvas.
Make sure your enrollment is listed in MyAccess. If you see your enrollment listed in MyAccess, then it will also appear in Canvas. Try searching your All Courses list in Canvas.
If you do not see your course enrollment in MyAccess, or cannot login to MyAccess please contact your department (or program) course scheduler.
For additional help please see:
- Main Campus and School of Continuing Studies Registrar:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-687-4020
- School of Medicine Registrar:
email@example.com or 202-687-1856
- Georgetown Law Registrar:
Note: Instructors in Canvas can manually enroll people into their course. This is handy for “unofficial” course enrollments. For example, when a co-instructor does not need to appear in the course catalogue nor report final grades in MyAccess, but needs instructor access to the Canvas course; or when a student receives permission to audit or participate in a Canvas course.
Is there a course I can use to stage content and test features?
All faculty should see a “sandbox” course in their list of Canvas courses, which they can use to try out and explore features.
Note: Students are not given Sandbox courses.
How do I request a Canvas course?
All official courses listed in MyAccess will automatically appear in Canvas for faculty with student enrollments. Courses in Canvas that are excluded from MyAccess can be requested through the ‘Request a Canvas Course’ link below only for the following purposes:
- Courses that serve an academic purpose, but are not tied to the Office of the University Registrar’s system (MyAccess) or an official semester. For example, a course designed for administrative purposes, an organization or event (a course for all incoming freshmen; program development; department meetings and documents; MASTER sites; organization sites).
- A Sandbox course for testing and learning Canvas. For example, staff members wanting to learn and experiment with Canvas.
Once your request has been submitted it typically takes one week before the course is created.
REQUEST A CANVAS COURSE (link requires NetID login)