Teaching and Learning Resource Center

Start of Term Checklist

Below are answers to frequently asked questions and important reminders for both students and instructors to help prepare for the start of term.


Is this your first semester?

Check out the Getting Started with Carmen for Students guide and see below for helpful start of term reminders!

Why can't I see my course in Carmen?

  • Just added? Remain calm! Added or dropped courses process overnight.
  • Not Created? It is up to your instructor to decide if and when to use Carmen.

    Courses are only visible within the Canvas mobile app once the course is Created and Published by the instructor. Learn more about your course list.

  • Unpublished? Check with your instructors -- they decide when to make content available to you.
  • Wrong section number? If the course section is different than what you registered for, your instructor might have merged the course! Check out more on merged courses.
  • Check your filters.
  • Missing published courses in the Canvas mobile app? If a course is showing as published on your Carmen landing page, but is not showing up in your Canvas mobile app, log out and log back in with the QR code option.
  • Confirm your course enrollment in BuckeyeLink.

Don't Forget!

  • To set up BuckeyePass.
  • Log in to CarmenZoom at carmenzoom.osu.edu prior to joining or hosting Zoom meetings for the best experience and to access the full functionality of a Zoom pro account provided by your Ohio State license. 
  • Update your favorite courses in Carmen so only your current courses appear in your course list. You can also create nicknames to shorten the course title, which will then appear throughout Carmen.
  • Update your notification preferences so you don't miss any important course messages or announcements.


Is this your first semester?

Check out the Getting Started with Carmen for Instructors guide or attend a workshop from the Office of Technology and Digital Innovation (OTDI). See below for helpful start-of-term reminders!

Why can't my students see my course in Carmen?

  • Not Created? Be sure to create your courses in Carmen early so students can prepare for the semester!
  • Is everything published? Check the Student View to ensure your content is visible to students.
    • Verify links and assignment dates are correct. If you've copied a previous course, these and other items may no longer be accurate.
    • Want to hide some content until a later date? Check out more on locked modules: go.osu.edu/LockModules

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