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Canvas, Roster Uploads, Course Available

Overview of when student rosters are loaded into Canvas courses.

Registrar-affiliated class rosters are uploaded into Canvas course spaces once a day after 1:30 PM on non-holiday weekdays.

Instructors, Teaching Assistants, Course Builders/Designers

A newly-created course space may take up to 48 hours before its roster is uploaded, depending on when the course was created between the scheduled daily roster load.

If you have a need for a roster to be uploaded immediately, contact the Technology Services Help Desk.

Note: For Canvas spaces, the space must be published before students can have access to it. Read on to learn more about publishing a Canvas space at  Canvas, Publishing a course.


You may not see an Canvas course space for a few reasons:
  • Your instructor may have hidden the course space from students while he or she adds course content.
  • The course space may not have been created yet. 
  • The course may not be taught on Canvas and is instead on Moodle ( Check your instructor's syllabus to see if an alternate website is listed.
If you are a student who has just registered for a course, it may take up to 3 days for the course to appear in your Canvas course list; contact your instructor if you need more immediate access to the course space. If it has been longer than 3 days since you registered for a course, and you still do not see it listed, contact the Technology Services Help Desk.

Keywords:rosters, schedule, upload, update, availability, load   Doc ID:65075
Owner:Compass C.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2016-07-12 13:00 CSTUpdated:2022-08-26 08:23 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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