ELMS-Canvas Course Settings Overview


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Modifying Your Course Space Settings

Before publishing a term-based course space within ELMS-Canvas, it is advisable to double-check all relevant course settings. In your course space, click on the Settings link located at the bottom of the navigation menu. The course settings are separated into five tabs: Course Details, Sections, Navigation, Apps, and Feature Options. This document will assist instructors with the items under the Course Details tab. Items are listed in the order that they appear.

Please note that the official Instructure documentation for these Canvas settings may or may not apply to the University of Maryland's Canvas policies; some items behave somewhat differently from school-to-school, so it is always best to consult this documentation for questions regarding your course settings before looking to Instructure's Canvas Guides.

Course Image and Time Zone

Start and End Date & Language

If you would like to completely remove students' ability to enter your course space outside of the start and end dates, check the Restrict students from viewing course before start date/after end date option further down the page.

Instructors are not affected by start and end dates and will be able to access the course at any time, even if the end date has passed.

More Options

A small hyperlink at the bottom of this settings tab reveals additional course settings that instructors can modify to their liking. These settings can significantly affect how students view and interact with your course.

Screenshot of student view of ELMS gradebook when "Hide total in student grades summary" is checked.

Student view when "Hide total in student grades summary" checked

Screenshot of student view in Elms gradebook when "Hide total in student grades summary" is not checked.

Student view when "Hide total in student grades summary" unchecked

Screenshot of student view in Elms when "Hide grade distribution graphics from students" is not checked.

Student view when "Hide grade distribution graphs from students" is unchecked