How do I publish a course?

If you have permission to publish your course, you can publish your course from the Dashboard or the Course Home Page sidebar.


  • You must publish a course before students can access it and its contents. Students cannot see unpublished courses and content.
  • Publishing your course will send invitations to any users who were manually added to your course. Users added via the Quercus SIS import will not receive an invitation.
  • Course invitations will not be sent until after the course start date. (The start date is commonly the term date, unless the term is being overridden by a specific course or section date in Course Settings.)
  • If your course has been published and includes grades, you cannot modify the course's published status.

Publish in Dashboard

Locate the Unpublished Courses section in the Dashboard [1].

Find the course you want to publish and click the Publish button [2].

Publish in Course

Open Course

In Global Navigation, click the Courses link [1]. Your courses will be organized by published courses [2] and unpublished courses [3]. To open an unpublished course, click the name of the course [4].

Publish Course

The course status displays in the Course Home Page sidebar.

To publish your course, click the Publish button.

Note: On smaller screens, the sidebar may display beneath other page content.

View Confirmation

A message will appear at the top of your screen confirming the publishing of your course.

Unpublish Course

If you need to unpublish your course, click the Unpublish button in the sidebar. Students who already received course invitations will not be able to access your course.

Once your course contains a graded submission, the course status will no longer display in the sidebar and you will no longer be able to unpublish your course.