bCourses is UC Berkeley's implementation of the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). This article for instructors provides a checklist to create and manage your bCourses site including adding course content, creating pages and modules, and publishing your site. For more detailed information about specific features, please see the Canvas Instructor Guide.
The Global Navigation Menu is located on the left side of every page in Canvas. Global Navigation links provide quick access to frequently used Canvas features. Canvas Guide: How do I use the Global Navigation Menu as an instructor?
Create Your Course Site
Create your course site by following these step-by-step instructions: Create your course site
- The Official Sections tool lets you add or delete section rosters from your course site. Help article: How do I add or delete a section roster from my course site?
- In most cases we recommend one site for all sections, though you can create separate sites for each section if needed. Help article: What are options are available for setting up my multiple-section course on bCourses?
- DeCal Undergraduate Students: Please have your faculty sponsor create the site and add you with in the "Teacher" role. Help article: How do I get a course site for my DeCal course?
Add Course Content
You can copy course content such as assignments, modules, pages, and discussions from previous Canvas courses into existing courses. You only have access to copy content from courses from current or previous courses in which you are an enrolled user. Canvas Guide: How do I copy content from another Canvas course using the Course Import tool?
Editing the Syllabus allows you to add text and link files, images, and other course content in your Syllabus Description. Canvas Guide: How do I edit the Syllabus description in a course?
As an instructor, Files allows you to store files and assignments within bCourses. You can upload one or multiple files, view all details about your files, preview files, publish and unpublish files, set usage rights, and restrict access to files. Canvas Guide: How do I use Files as an instructor?
Linking to Library Resources
The Library recommends linking to public domain, library-licensed, or open-access online content rather than uploading copyrighted materials to your course site when possible. Add Course Readings to bCourses: Add "Reserves" to bCourses
As an instructor, you can create a new page to add to your course. Canvas Guide: How do I create a new page in a course?
Modules are used to organize course content by weeks, units, or whatever organizational structure works for your course. With modules, you are essentially creating a one-directional linear flow of what you would like your students to do. Canvas Guide: How do I add a module?
Course Home Page
If you are enrolled in a course as an instructor, the Course Home Page is the first page students see when they open the course. The Home Page also helps students understand how they can navigate through the course. Canvas Guide: How do I use the Course Home Page as an instructor?
You can view a course the same way that your students view your course through Student View. Enabling Student View creates a Test Student in your course. Canvas Guide: How do I view a course as a test student using Student View?
Publish your site
You must publish a course before students can access it and its contents. Students cannot see unpublished courses and content. Canvas Guide: How do I publish a course?
You can create an announcement to share important information with all users within your course and with users in sections of a course. Canvas Guide: How do I add an announcement in a course?
Note: Your course must be published for students to receive announcement notifications.
Download the Canvas Teacher mobile app
The Canvas Teacher app allows teachers to manage certain aspects of their course, communicate with students, and grade assignments from a mobile device. Download the Canvas Teacher app on Android and iOS devices.
Customize the Course Navigation menu
The Course Navigation Menu is a series of links on the left side of your course that help you and your students access different course areas. Canvas Guide: How do I use the Course Navigation Menu as an instructor?
Enrolled students and GSIs are automatically added to your site via Official Sections. If would like to add unofficial GSIs, class auditors, or other people into your course, they must have a valid CalNet ID.
- For guests who do not yet have a CalNet ID, see this help article: How can a class auditor get access to bCourses?
- For those who already have valid CalNet ID, see this help article: How do I add people to my site?