Canvas - Self Enrollment

Need a unofficial course to reach an external audience (even ones that do not have a NetID)? This page will show you how to get started.


Self-enrollment courses are courses that create a special URL you can use to invite potential students into your course. You don't necessarily have to have a NetID to participate in a self-enrollment course. Some uses of a self-enrollment course might be; professional resource and content sharing, clubs and student organizations and continuing education courses. These custom courses live in our TD,SP and CE environments. You can make a request to the UW Oshkosh help desk to have one created.

Courses NOT Eligible for Self-Enrollment

  • Official SIS (Student Information System) courses.

Course Eligible for Self-Enrollment

  • Courses that live in the TD ( Training and Development environment ) environment ( NetID access ONLY )
  • Courses that live in the SP ( Instructional Supplemental ) environment ( NetID access ONLY) 
  • Courses that live in the CE ( Continuing Educational ) environment ( Off campus access & NetID access)

Requesting a Self Enrollment Course

Send an email to the UW Oshkosh help desk ( requesting a self enrollment course. Please provide the name you would like for the course and who should be the "Teacher" in the course.

Turn on Self-Enrollment

After you receive your course you can turn on self-enrollment by

  • Select "Settings > General (tab)"
  • Scrolling to the bottom of the page and select "More Options"
  • Check the checkbox for "Let students self-enroll by sharing with them a secret URL". 

self-enrollment location

  • Choose "Update Course Details" button
  • Refresh the browser window you will then see your custom self-enrollment link at the bottom of the page.

Keywords:Canvas Self Enrollment CE (External Audiences, Non NetID users)   Doc ID:124064
Owner:Brian L.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2023-02-14 15:15 CDTUpdated:2023-02-17 16:45 CDT
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