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STEP 3. "Publish" your site to make it available


Once you've finished your site, you must publish it to enable student access. As the instructor, only you know when your content is ready; we therefore leave this step up to you.

Publishing is easy and can be done with a single click of the "Publish" button


  • You do not need to use the Course Setup Checklist to Publish: That feature is provided to help instructors build a site completely from scratch; however, at Wharton, even a Template site will be pre-configured for you with necessary settings and features.

  • TAs cannot Publish a site: Normally, teaching assistants don't see the "Publish" button on the site's Home page. If it's not convenient for you to publish your site, feel free to ask the Courseware Team to do so, or to make special arrangements for a non-faculty-member to be designated as a "Teacher" in Canvas.

After publishing: notifications and Draft State

There are no restrictions to the changes you can make once your site is published. However, all post-publishing changes and additions have the potential to generate notifications to students. Notifications in Canvas are highly configurable. Different students may receive different notifications (or no notifications) of various types of changes.

If you'll be building pages or parts of your course site over time, after initially publishing it, bear in mind that several Canvas features offer individual Publish/Unpublish buttons.  When a page, tool, or folder is Unpublished within a course site that is already published, it's considered to be in "Draft State" -- students can't see it and aren't notified of changes.  For more on Draft State, see:

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