University of Wisconsin–Madison

Preparing Course Content

Before the Semester begins

Getting your Course Assignments in SIS

Before each term, courses are assigned to instructors by their Department Administrator through the Student Information System (SIS). If you do not see a course you are teaching this term in Canvas, you should contact your Department Administrator. If you do not see a course assigned to you, contact your Department Admin to add you through SIS, so that you can receive Instructor Evaluations at the end of the semester through AEFIS, which is important for professional review.

Finding your Courses

Your courses may be easiest to find in the Canvas ‘All Courses’ page. Course content will have to be added to empty Canvas course spaces (sometimes called course shells). Here is a guide to quickly get up and running, Teaching & Learning Support is always available to assist you with whatever course content support you may need at

Syllabus Requirements

There are certain syllabus requirements all instructors must follow and are explained in this link further: new syllabus requirements.

Copy course content from a past course into the upcoming termCanvas Course import settings

Instructors can easily import course content from a previous semester into the current semester. Simply go to the new course, click on import existing content, and select a course from a previous semester. Here are detailed instructions.

Create and refine course content

Instructors are strongly encouraged to leverage asynchronous options for teaching whenever possible to maximize synchronous class times.

Module 0

Module 0 can help your students prepare for your course before the first day of class. You can import Module 0 or view the Canvas template for ideas; it is essentially a way to communicate to your students what will be required in your course so that they are ready to be up and running on the first day! View the guide to Module 0 Canvas Template

Publish your Course!

When your course is ready, remember to click the ‘Publish’ button at the top of the course home page; if you do not, it will not be visible to students!

Online and Blended Teaching Strategies

Online and Blended Teaching

COVID Continuity of Instruction

COVID Continuity of Instruction has been transitioned to the Office of the Provost, please visit the Office of the Provost’s Fall 2021 instructional guidance.