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Forum Courses


Master Courses were retired in February 2023. The Request Master Course option on the Carmen landing page has been replaced with a Request Forum Course option.

A forum course is a CarmenCanvas course shell that is not connected to the Registrar's system. It is a dedicated, consistent space that can be used for many university purposes. They can also be used for building instructional materials that you can then copy into the academic course each semester.

All forum courses are grouped into a special term (e.g., Other term) in an effort to make the courses more visible and easier to find using the filter options. 

Instructors in a forum course can add other users in any role using the landing page functionality.

If you have questions about creating academic courses, please visit create a course.

UX Tip

Depending on the number of courses you have loaded in your My Courses List, you may need to search for the forum course using the Filter options. 

Who can use these courses?

Anyone can request a forum course by using the Request Forum Course option on their Carmen landing page. If you do not have that option, you can submit a inquiry on the CarmenCanvas Contact form.

Why should you use them?

  • Faculty and staff may use forums for projects and programs that need to communicate and collaborate with participants in ways the mimic instructor-student interactions. If you project involves collaboration among peers, we suggest using Teams or other tools in the Microsoft suite
  • Faculty, instructional designers, and course coordinators may use forums to design new courses or manage content that needs to be pushed to many similar courses each semester. 
  • Instructors may copy existing course content into a forum to save it for later use or share it with a new instructor. Using a forum for these protects the FERPA content in the original course and allows for easier editing as needed. 

Create a forum course

To create a forum course space in Canvas:

  1. Login to carmen.osu.edu.
  2. At the bottom right corner of the page, you will see this Request Forum Course button. You may need to scroll down if you don’t see it.
    Screenshot_Request Forum Course_Carmen Landing Page with Arrow
  3. Click Request Forum Course. 
    This will take you to the Request a Forum Course page at https://aegis.osu.edu/
  4. In the Desired Course Title field, type in the course title.
    Screenshot_Request Forum Course_desired course title
  5. In the Desired Short Title field, type in the short title.
    Screenshot_Request Forum Course_desired short title
  6. In the Course Instructor field, type the participant's university username (lastname.#).
    Screenshot_Request Forum Course_course instructors
  7. Select their name from the drop-down menu when it appears. Repeat this step to add multiple instructors. 
  8. Ffrom the Select Sub-Account dropdown list, select the appropriate Sub-Account. The default Sub-Account will be Office of Distance Education and eLearning.
    Screenshot_Request Forum Course_Input field Subaccount
  9. Optional step to create a multi-sectioned course.
    To create a multi-sectioned course space, click on the “+” sign to get more sections, until you have the number of sections as desired. If you added too many, click the the trash icon  Screenshot_Request Forum Course_trash icon next to the extra section listings to remove it. 
    Screenshot_Request Forum Course_Input field Sections
  10. Verify the information you entered is all correct, then click Create

Your new course will be available to you immediately at carmen.osu.edu . You should see it listed under 'Other'. If you do not, you may need to adjust your Filters