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When will my Canvas course be available?

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EdTech Support ensures that all courses and class roster enrollments are handled for each course that appears in the UC San Diego Schedule of Classes and has an instructor of record assigned. Please refer to the below dates for a rough estimate of when your course shell will become available for the term, and when students are typically added. 

Please note that while we do our best to stick to the time frames listed below, our department reserves the right to modify these dates based on technical or policy changes. For questions or concerns, please email


Spring 2021

01/14/2021: CINFO request form opens for the quarter
02/26/2021: Course shells available to instructional staff only
03/15/2021: Students added to course
03/24/2021: First day of term & Canvas notifications enabled
04/12/2021: Waitlisted students who did not get enrolled are removed from course roster
06/15/2021: Student submission period ends in Canvas
06/27/2021: Course archived (read-only state)

Summer 1 2021

04/01/2021: CINFO request form opens for the quarter
05/26/2021: Course shells available to instructional staff only
06/21/2021: Students added to course
06/23/2021: Canvas notifications enabled
06/28/2021: First day of instruction
06/30/2021: Waitlisted students who did not get enrolled are removed from course roster
08/06/2021: Student submission period ends in Canvas
08/17/2021: Course archived (read-only state)

Summer 2 2021

04/01/2021: CINFO request form opens for the quarter
05/26/2021: Course shells available to instructional staff only
07/26/2021: Students added to course
07/28/2021: Canvas notifications enabled
08/02/2021: First day of instruction
08/04/2021: Waitlisted students who did not get enrolled are removed from course roster
09/10/2021: Student submission period ends in Canvas
09/21/2021: Course archived (read-only state)

Summer 3 2021

04/01/2021: CINFO request form opens for the quarter
05/26/2021: Course shells available to instructional staff only
06/02/2021: Students added to course
06/03/2021: Canvas notifications enabled
Varies: First day of instruction
07/02/2021: Waitlisted students who did not get enrolled are removed from course roster
09/24/2021: Student submission period ends in Canvas
10/05/2021: Course archived (read-only state)

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm new to Canvas. What's the best way to get started with building my course?

We have created a Start of Term Checklist and End of Term Checklist to help guide you through some of the key steps for setting up, or closing your course for the term. Still unsure what module setup to use? The Teaching + Learning Commons staff is available to help you determine the best module structure for your course.

I want to start building my course right now. How can I get my course site ahead of schedule?

If you'd like to start building out course material in Canvas before your official course site is created, we recommend that you use your Practice Course. Once your course site is officially created, you can use the Canvas 'Import Content' tool to copy desired materials from your Practice Course into your course site.

How can I add people to my course that are not registered students?

TAs, observers and other instructional staff can be added to a Canvas course by the instructor of record by accessing the Add TA tool in the right sidebar of the course homepage. Similarly, observers and instructional staff can be removed using the same steps.

How can I contact my students before the date they are added as students to my Canvas course?

Students will be added to your course about a week before the quarter begins. Please note that if you intend to communicate with your students before the first day of the quarter, you will need to customize your course term dates and publish your course in advance of sending messages. Alternatively, as an instructor you may access the Classlists tool in the Faculty Resources section of BLINK to message the students enrolled in your course.

Course sites have been set up for the upcoming quarter, but I don't see mine. Where is it?

Course sites that are set up are done so via an automated feed from the Registrar's database to Canvas. One of the requirements for your course to be created is that it be officially listed on the Schedule of Classes (if not, contact your department) and have an instructor name designated to the particular course and/or section. Some course types (e.g. Field Work, Independent Study, etc) are not created automatically, and will require you to submit a request. If you need to submit a request or if you think there is an error, please contact, describing the nature of your situation, and EdTech Support will assist.

Will my waitlisted students have access to my Canvas course?

Yes, all formally waitlisted students will have access to your course through the end of the automated student information system (SIS) waitlist processing period. This normally occurs at the end of week 2 of the quarter, with summer terms having a much shorter period. Instructors and students should ensure that they have moved off the waitlist, and into the class roster by the end of this period if they plan to continue as a registered student of the class.

Instructors who intend not to allow a waitlist for their course(s) will need to contact the Registrar's Office to request the option for students to add a waitlisted course be turned off for their sections.

How can I request the setup of non-Canvas computing resources, such as software, lab access, DSMLP, Google Apps, etc.?

Examples of resources obtained through an Instructional Technology Request (CINFO) include discipline specific and productivity software, access to computer labs managed by ITS including door codes, additional disk space, and provisioning of cloud resources such as Google groups, Amazon Web Services, Jupyter Notebook etc.

Instructors are asked to submit an Instructional Technology Request at If you have a question or would like a consultation prior to submitting the request, please email Additionally, after you submit the Request, you may check the status by logging into

How can I give students additional time, if they are taking an Incomplete in my course?

There are two options to allow for additional time. Instructors can choose to customize the course term dates, which would modify the access for ALL students. This may be used in the case that you are extending a due date for a final exam, for example. If you want to extend course access for just one student, please email requesting a separate 'Extended Access' section for you and the student. Please note that once your course concludes and enters a read-only state, you will not be able to modify your custom term dates and will need to email for assistance.

How do concurrent enrollment students (UC San Diego Extension) get added to my course roster?

Concurrent enrollment (UC San Diego Extension) students taking your class for credit may appear in your Canvas roster with usernames that begin with "ax0" once they have completed a self-service add process with Educational Technology Services (ETS). They have student IDs that begin with U instead of A. They will not be present in your SIS TritonLink class list. They MUST also formally enroll through UCSD Extension. If you, or your department, do not allow or have room for concurrent enrollment for credit, you may request that ETS configure your class to disable the student self-add process. It may be that there are other steps you need to take with the Registrar or UC San Diego Extension, related to allowing or preventing such enrollments, and you will need to coordinate directly with the student and Extension regarding grading, eGrades upload to the SIS does not apply.