First, a note that we will be publishing more Quick Tips in the next few weeks, leading up to the start of the semester. After that, we will return to the weekly schedule. We hope you find these extra ones useful as you finish final preparations for the new term.
As the spring semester approaches with its unusual remote start, we encourage all instructors to publish their syllabi and Canvas courses as early as possible, preferably at least a week in advance. This will allow students to prepare for your class more effectively—including being aware of expectations around live class meetings, addressing technical requirements that might be more difficult remotely, and ordering books without convenient access to campus bookstores. Allowing students this extra preparation time can also help reduce their early-semester stress, which in turn might lead to better success and retention in your classes. And it lets them hit the ground running when your classes start.
For more information about publishing your syllabi and Canvas courses early, including how to publish only parts of your Canvas courses that are ready for students, see this page from the CITL on launching your Canvas courses early.