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Terms in Canvas

Terms determine the dates for when a course will start and end.

  • PowerSchool courses: Terms are automatically assigned by PowerSchool and cannot be changed. Terms can be based on a quarter, semester, or year.
  • Manual courses: All manual courses are assigned the default term which has no start or end date.

Beginning of Term - PowerSchool Courses

  • Teachers can access a course as soon as it is created in Canvas.
  • Students cannot access a course until the term start date. The course must also be published by the teacher.
  • Import content from a previous term course into the current term course. Directions for this process can be found at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2685.
  • Update the syllabus, course content, quizzes and due dates if needed.

End of Term - PowerSchool Courses

  • A course will be concluded at the end of a term. This will put the entire course in a read-only state for all users, including the teacher.
  • No grading will be allowed after the course is concluded.
  • Teachers can download a .csv file of the gradebook for backup purposes.
  • Concluded courses can be found by clicking Courses > All Courses > Past Enrollments.

Missing Course Content

When a course term has ended, it can appear that content is missing. This can often happen by looking for content in a current term course when the content actually resides in a course where the term end date has already passed. To find missing content:

  • Log into Canvas at http://wcpss.instructure.com.
  • Click Courses > All Courses.
  • Look under Past Enrollments at the bottom of the page for past term courses.
  • Open the past term courses until the missing content is found. All content in the course will be in a read-only state.
  • If the content is needed, the teacher can import content from a previous term course into the current term course. Directions for this process can be found at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2685.



Last Updated: October 31, 2016