Canvas @ YaleInstructor Guides FAQWhy is my Canvas course name different than past years?

Why is my Canvas course name different than past years?

The Canvas course name has traditionally be set to the course title in the official system of record.  The Canvas course name is used for many Canvas tools and external applications as the unique identifier, but for instructors who teach multiple sections of the same course in a semester or across semesters, the traditional Canvas course name is not unique enough.  

SOLUTION:  Primary course information has been added as a prefix to the Canvas course name

Prior to Summer 2020, the Canvas course name was set to the Course Title as it appeared in the official system of record (Banner).  

OLD Canvas Course Name Format:  Course Title

In Summer 2020, a change was made to how the Canvas course name is generated using data from the official system of record (Banner).  

NEW Canvas Course Name Format:

Primary Course Code + Primary Course Number + Primary Course Section + (Term Code and 2 digit year)

(note:  in the above formula, the "+" indicates a space and Term Code is derived from the table below)

Term Code
Fall FA
Spring SP
Summer SU
Summer Session A SA
Summer Session B SB


For section 01 of the Spring 2021 course Corporate Finance which is a cross-listing of MGT 541 and ECON 361 (where ECON 361 is the primary course):

The Course Data for the primary course is as follows:

  • Primary Course Code:  ECON
  • Primary Course Number:  361
  • Primary Course Section: 01
  • Term Code (from table above):  SP
  • Year (2 digits):  21
  • Course Title:  Corporate Finance


The NEW Canvas Course Name will be:   ECON 361 01 (SP21): Corporate Finance


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