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Canvas - How do I create a master course/shell/sandbox?

If an instructor would like a course to store content, or have a place to practice they can create a Master Course. The basic steps are to login to Canvas, locate the Help icon and Create a Master Course in the list. (Canvas > Help > Create a Master Course)

  1. Click the Help button at the bottom of the Global Navigation on the left.
  2. Click Create a Master Course.
  3. Enter Course Name, Course Code, and Select Department from drop-down menu.
  4. Click the Create Course.
  5. Click Let's Go! to start adding content.


  • If you are getting any errors while trying to create a Master Course, try using a different browser (updated Chrome is recommended). 
  • Some newer instructors may have trouble finding this option if they have not been added in the Teacher role to a course. Please contact for assistance.  

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Keywords:import, copy, save content, practice   Doc ID:108355
Owner:Stephanie S.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2021-01-14 09:07 CSTUpdated:2021-01-14 09:50 CST
Sites:UW-La Crosse
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