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Courses in Canvas

Types of Courses in Canvas

There are two types of courses in Canvas:

  • PowerSchool courses: A Canvas course is automatically created for every course section in PowerSchool.
  • Manual courses: Manual courses are created and managed by each staff and are used for non-PowerSchool activities.
Canvas Courses
  PowerSchool Courses Manual Courses

Course Creation

automatic from PowerSchool Canvas Portal
User Enrollments automatic from PowerSchool
manual enrollments available
managed by the teacher
Sections automatic from PowerSchool
cannot add new sections
managed by the teacher
can add new sections
Self-Enrollment not available available
Term Restrictions concluded at the end of the term no term end date
Cross-Listing each teacher makes their own
cross-listing request
not available
CourseID Example 342.Scott.43042X0XR.35.2018


Creating Manual Courses

Teachers can create and manage their own manual courses using the Canvas Portal.

  1. Log into Canvas or Learning Central.
  2. Click Help at the bottom of the global navigation sidebar.
  3. Click Canvas Portal for Manual Courses. The portal will open in a new tab.
  4. Choose Canvas (for K-12 students) or Learning Central (for staff only).
  5. Add and/or modify your manual Canvas courses.
  6. Return to Canvas or Learning Central to design your course.


If you have any additional questions, follow your normal support procedure for technology related issues.

Last Updated: October 23, 2019