How do I use the Canvas dashboard?

 When you log into Canvas, the Dashboard is the first thing you will see. The Dashboard gives you an overview of what is happening in all your courses and allows you to figure out what to do next.

You can return to your User Dashboard at any time by clicking the Dashboard link in Global Navigation.

Click Dashboard to view the dashboard.

You can go to a specific area of your course by clicking the icon:

1. Announcements

2. Assignments

3. Discussions

4. Files

The order of the icons is based on the order of these categories in the course navigation. If you hide a category you will not see the icon.

Change the color of the course card

You can change the color of the course card as it displays. The calendar will also be colour coded that colour.

1. Click the gear

2. Choose the colour

3. Click Apply

Use a Nickname

If your course has a long name, you can give it a nickname. The name will show up on the dashboard, in the course menu and in notifications. It will not change the actual name of the course in Canvas.  Please note only you can see your course nickname.


Instructor inquiries

Contact IT Services:

Continuing Studies/Lifelong Learning:

For more help with your class, please contact the Centre for Educational Excellence