Request a Prep Space

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 Note: official course shells with student enrollments are automatically created eight to ten weeks in advance of the beginning of each term. After logging in, click the “All Courses” link on your Courses menu to locate all your courses. Please see the Canvas guide How do I customize my Course list? for more detailed instruction.

If you would like to begin preparing a course in Canvas before the official course shell with student enrollments is available, you can request a Prep Space site that doesn't have student enrollments. You may also wish to request a Prep Space to practice building a Canvas course, and to use the course Student View account to test whether your course settings (e.g.: assignments, gradebook, etc.) produce the desired outcome. All Prep Space course content, activities and settings can be quickly copied into the official course shell where your students are enrolled.

You can request one or more Prep Space courses by emailing In your email, please specify

  • The name of your Prep Space
  • The SU emails of any colleagues that you would like added to the course

Your request will be processed within one business day. You, and any colleagues, will receive an email confirmation of your new Prep Space enrollment.


Tip: don't want to start building your Prep Space course from scratch? Use the instructions below to download and install a starter file containing 1) a customized home page 2) weekly modules, and 3) weekly assignments to collect student work.