Canvas: Publishing Courses
Students are unable to access a course until it is published by the instructor.
You can publish your course from the course Home page sidebar or from the Dashboard.
Publish from Course Home Page
From the Global Navigation bar, click the Courses link . Your courses will be organized by published courses  and unpublished courses . To open an unpublished course, click the name of the course .
Then, on the sidebar of the course Home page, click the Publish button.
Once the course has been published, the button will turn green. Students enrolled in the course will now have access to the course.
Note: In order to publish the course, you must have a module created and published. The following message will appear if there are no modules in the course. "Before publishing your course, you must either publish a module in the Modules page, or choose a different home page."
Publish from Dashboard
On the Dashboard, locate the Unpublished Courses section .
Find the course you want to publish and click the Publish button .