Creating a new course shell: one shell
This documentation is also available as a Quickstart How-To Video:
1. Go to https://canvas.sfu.ca, and sign in using your SFU credentials.
2. On the right-hand navigation panel, click on Start a New Course.
3. You will then have the option to either Create a Course for Myself  or Create a Course for Someone Else .
 Create a Course for Myself
Once you click on Create a Course for Myself, you will be prompted whether you would like to create a Credit Course , a Non-Credit Course  or a Sandbox Course .
 Create a Course for Someone Else
By creating a course for someone else, Canvas will prompt you to search for whom you are creating the course by entering their computing ID. Enter the course instructor's SFU Computing ID . You will also have the option to enrol yourself as a "Teacher", "TA" or "Designer" in the course . If one of these roles apply to you, select the appropriate role and select the Enroll Me checkbox .
Click the Continue button  when done. Once you click on Continue, you will be prompted whether you would like to create a Credit Course , a Non-Credit Course  or a Sandbox Course .
 Creating a Credit Course
A credit course, also known as a calendar course, is a course that meets the requirements for a certificate or a degree. Student enrolment in a credit course is usually managed automatically.
Once you click on Credit Course, the course creation form will provide you with a list of "suggested" courses . If you see your course there, you can check the box next to the course name, and click the Create Course button .
If you do not see your course listed, you will need to search for your course by term and course name . Once you have located and selected your course, you need to check the checkbox that appears to the left of the course name below the search field . Once you select the course, it will appear in your list of Selected Courses . This list showcases which course shells will be created when you click Create Course . which is the final step in the course creation process.
 Creating a Non-Credit Course
A non-credit course is a course that does not meet the requirements for a certificate or a degree. Student enrolment in a non-credit course is usually not managed automatically.
When creating a Non-Credit course, you have the option of assigning it to a term , which will pre-determine your course availability dates for your students (eg. Fall 2013, Spring 2014), or No Term. If you do not select a term, the course will be available to participants indefinitely. Finally, fill in a course name (2), and then click on the Create Non-Credit Course button .
 Creating a Sandbox Course
A sandbox course is a self-contained course that allows you to experiment with features in Canvas, without affecting real student information. You will see a list of all existing sandboxes which you currently own, and then the option to Create Sandbox. By clicking the Create Sandbox button, Canvas will create a sandbox for you with a generic name and course ID.
New course shell creation can take up to five minutes to be completed - once your course shells have been created, they will show up under the "Courses" area in the black Canvas navigation toolbar.