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When Academic Canvas @ Yale Course Sites Are Made (Departmental Registrar Resource)

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Each semester academic Canvas course sites are created once the University Registrar's Office (URO) and professional school registrars are ready with their course data. The URO determines the date when FAS courses are automatically created, while the individual professional school registrars provide the best date for when their respective school's Canvas courses will be made.

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General Term Timing for Canvas Course Site Creation

Though course site creation for a term varies slightly from year to year, in general, academic course sites for FAS and professional schools are created during the following times.

These creation dates are subject to change.

The Poorvu Center's Educational Technology that administers Canvas @ Yale enable the automatic creation of academic Canvas course sites when the URO or professional school registrar determines they are done setting up their course offerings and cross-listings.

As a result, all FAS courses are enabled and their Canvas sites get created all at once, while each professional school is enabled individually when they are ready for their Canvas sites to be created.

Term Canvas Courses Created
Fall Term FAS - March
Professional Schools - July
Spring Term October - November
Summer Term February - March

Professional Schools Requesting Canvas Course Sites Early

Early requests for Canvas course sites cannot be honored for Yale College or Graduate School of Arts and Sciences due to numerous school / department cross-listings.  

If any instructor teaching an FAS-listed course (or professional school course) would like to work on their class before official course sites are created for a term, they can request an Early Course Sandbox for each course they are teaching.

Some professional schools request specific course sites be created ahead of their entire school's course creation dates to accommodate specific program and curriculum demands.

If a professional school registrar requires specific course sites be created ahead of their full school's course creation date, please email [email protected] and include the following:

  • Subject Code (e.g. NURS, LAW, MGT)
  • Course Number (e.g. 550, 641, 860)

The Poorvu Center's Educational Technology team would appreciate if the registrars and senior Canvas admin support members in the professional schools who make these requests would please aggregate and provide a list of the courses that need to be created early in a spreadsheet to be shared.

We would like to avoid creating early courses in an ad-hoc manner.

If you have any additional questions about the registrar processes, please contact your school's / department's registrar.

If you have questions about how Canvas integrates with the Registrar's systems / processes please email [email protected].

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