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Canvas - Teacher's End of Course Checklist

At the end of the semester, please complete the following steps in each of your Canvas courses. If your course is not a fifteen-week course, and ends before the end of the term, please follow these steps after your students complete their final exams.
  1. Update your course’s participation settings and “conclude” your course.
  2. Verify your Canvas gradebook (if you’re using graded Canvas assignments) and submit your final grades in eHive.
  3. Grant specific students extended course access.
  4. View course My Media videos.
  5. Export and backup your course design.

These steps are drawn from the Canvas End-of-Course checklist and frequently asked questions about Canvas courses. Email us at if you have any questions.

If you’re looking for next semester’s Canvas courses, scheduled classes will be automatically created in Canvas 50 days before the official class start date.

Step 1: Update Course Participation Settings

Instructors can manage their Canvas course Participation settings from the course Settings page (Settings > Course Details). These settings manage when students can access your course and when they'll be able to complete course activities.

Canvas courses always use the "Term" Participation option by default. This option doesn't require you to set a start or end date.

However, if you're using the "Course" Participation option and configured a course Start date, please set an End date as well. This step will “conclude” your Canvas courses at the correct time and make Canvas easier to navigate for students. This page explains how to set an End date for course participation: How to Configure Course Participation Settings.

Screenshot of Participation Settings

Step 2: Verify and Finalize Grades

If you’re using graded assignnments in Canvas, review your gradebook to make sure all grades are assigned, calculated correctly, and align with the UW-Superior grading scheme:

  • Verify your gradebook matches the grading policies in your syllabus
  • Review your grading scheme
  • Include or exclude each assignment from your Gradebook
  • Grade all assignments for all students. Fill in zeros for all missing required assignments.
  • Remove any extra columns in your gradebook using the Assignments tool. This usually means removing duplicate assignments and assignments that were never published.
  • Review how your total grades are calculated

When you’re ready, please submit final grades in eHive. Export your gradebook if you want to download and backup a CSV file of your final grades outside of Canvas.

Step 3: Extend Course Access

Do any of your students need to continue working in your Canvas course? For example, are any students taking an Incomplete grade, and still need to complete coursework?

Instructors can grant specific enrolled students longer access to a Canvas course by using the Extend Student Access tool. This tool is available on the top right of the course homepage, or at the bottom when viewing Canvas in a small browser window. The page linked below explains how to use the tool in more detail.

Canvas - How to use the Extend Student Access Tool


If you need to grant a student additional time in the course after already using the Extend Student Access tool—or you need to end that access sooner than expected—don’t use the tool a second time to adjust a student’s existing extension. Instead, open your course Settings > Sections page and adjust the Extend - [Student’s Name] section there. You can edit the existing end date and configure an updated one.

Canvas - Extend Student Access Tool - How to Change or End an Extension

Keywordscanvas participation grades incomplete kaltura export backup term   Doc ID115164
OwnerMichael M.GroupUW Superior
Created2021-12-08 11:42:35Updated2024-01-09 12:20:08
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