Canvas, Adding a Teacher to a Previous Canvas Course

Due to restrictions in Canvas, Teachers cannot add users beyond the end date of a course or outside of the course's assigned term. This article provides information for instructors who would like to share their Canvas course material from a previous semester with another instructor.

Scenario 1: Instructor only needs to access the course material 

This option is for instructors who would like to share the content (not student grades or submissions) with another instructor. 

  1. Request a Development Canvas course shell at  

  1. Once the Canvas shell is made, add users to the course as a Teacher. See the How Do I Add Users to a Course guide.  

  1. Copy your previous Canvas course by following the steps in the How Do I Copy Content from Another Canvas Course Using the Course Import Tool guide.  

Note: Teachers in any Canvas course can copy that course (either the entire course or select content) into other courses they teach. See resources below for more information: 

Scenario 2: Another instructor needs access to a previous course to review student grades and/or submissions 

Send an email to and provide the full course name, a link to the course, and the NetID of the individual that needs access to the course. Specify that the support request should be routed to Canvas Operations for fulfillment. 

Keywords:user access past   Doc ID:121752
Owner:Dan H.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2022-10-07 08:50 CDTUpdated:2023-01-09 10:47 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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