Request a Canvas Course Site

About requesting a course

You can request a course site in Canvas to:

  • Explore Canvas and see how it works
  • Create a program site for students
  • Create staff training or extracurricular workshops
  • Begin creating your course in Canvas before courses are automatically provisioned

Note: Official, for-credit courses that appear in the Time Schedule are automatically provisioned in Canvas and made available as early as two quarters in advance or as soon they are created by departmental time schedule coordinators. Such courses do not need to be requested.

Course Types

You can choose from among three different course types: Future, Non-academic, or Test. If you want to experiment with Canvas, choose Test course. To build your course in advance, choose Future course. To create a Canvas course for staff training or program resources, choose Non-academic course.

The different course types have different permissions and settings. When you create a Future course, it comes with the same permissions and settings of a provisioned course in your academic unit. This means that the departmental administrators or curriculum designers who have access to help you with regular, provisioned courses also have access to help you with a Future course.

The same is true when you create a Non-academic course. It will have the same permissions and settings that have been set for your department or unit.

The Test course does not come with specific permissions or settings, so it is best used for your own exploration rather than something you want to share with others. No one other than you will be able to access the content in a Test course.

To request a course, follow these steps:

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  2. Log in to Canvas at http://canvas.uw.edu.
  3. In the upper-right corner, click Help.
  4. In the Help menu, click Request a course. The Course Request tool will open.
  5. Choose the course type you want. To experiment with Canvas, choose Test course. To build your course in advance, choose Future course. To create a Canvas course for staff training or program resources, choose Non-academic course. Follow the appropriate instructions below.

To create a Future course:

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  2. Enter the course name or curriculum code. As you begin to enter the code, a list of choices will appear.
  3. Under Curriculum, enter a name that is recognizable to you.
  4. Click Create Course. A confirmation screen appears with the URL of your course.
  5. Click the course URL. The Canvas course interface appears.
  6. Near the top of the screen, click Accept. You can now begin creating your course. When the official course is provisioned in Canvas, you can copy any course content you have created to the official course. To learn more about copying content, see Migrate content from a previous Canvas course.

To create a Non-academic course:

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  2. Under Department, from the list select a department, unit, or group that the course will belong to.
  3. If your unit is not available in the list, select Other, enter a course name and course description, and then click Request Course. Your course request is submitted to the UW Learning Technologies Canvas Support Team, a member of which will contact you within two business days to help you create your course and add your department to the list.

To create a Test course:

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  2. Under Create a Course, enter a course name, and then click Create Course. A confirmation message will appear, including the URL for your new test course.
  3. Click the course URL. The Canvas course interface appears.
  4. Near the top of the screen, click Accept. You can now begin creating your course.

Last modified: January 9, 2014