The eLearning Department releases courses to students through an automated process. Courses are closed at the end of the semester through a related process. The eLearning Department uses these processes so that student access is uniform across the college. As a result, it is not necessary for instructors to set course start and end dates in Canvas. However, please remember that the instructor must Publish his or her course prior to the semester start date, otherwise students will not be able to access the course. Publishing can be done at any point between when the instructor is granted access and the semester start date.