Preparing a course for a new term can involve balancing several tasks at once. Even with existing course content from a previous term, there could still be a need to customize and make changes to content, due dates and in some cases technology to keep the course relevant for a new group of students and a new term.
Fortunately, there are a few techniques and tools to use to make updating a previous course for a new semester quicker, easier and less stressful. This Canvas Spotlight will cover some best practices and techniques to prepare an existing course for a new term.
Copy the previous course into one of the sandboxes before making updates rather than updating the previous course. That way, if there are any questions about the previous course, it’s still set up as it was when previously taught.
Once changes have been made in the sandbox shell, copy it over to the new semester shell.
Thoroughly review the previous course to identify what worked, what didn’t and what, if anything, needs a change.
One idea is to make a note of any areas where due dates have been manually added. Anything manually entered will not be automatically updated for the new term through Canvas’ option to edit assignment dates.
Update all due dates in the course simultaneously by using the Adjust Assignment Due Dates page. This saves time and enables the option to view all of the course’s assignments and due dates on the same page to give a big-picture perspective of the course schedule and flow.