How do I use the Dashboard as a student?
The Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas. The Dashboard helps you see what is happening in all your current courses.
You can return to your User Dashboard at any time by clicking the Dashboard link in Global Navigation.
In Global Navigation, click the Dashboard link.
The Dashboard  is your landing page in Canvas and displays the course cards for all your favorite courses. The Dashboard also contains global announcements from your institution and a global activity stream that shows recent activity in all your current courses.
The Dashboard also includes a sidebar , which contains the To Do list, upcoming events, and access to grades.
View Course Cards
By default, course cards are automatically added by Canvas and display up to 20 courses. However, you can manage courses in the Dashboard by customizing the course list and manually selecting your favorite courses.
Dashboard courses are ordered alphabetically by course name and your role in the course; nicknames and course codes do not apply to course ordering. Courses with instructor roles are listed first, followed by TA roles and student roles. Some courses may include an image for the course behind the course color .
Each card can include up to four tabs , which represent the four main Canvas features for student course activity: Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Files. These tabs mimic visibility and order in Course Navigation, so for instance, if an instructor hides the Announcements link, the Announcements tab will not display on the course card.
If the tabs are visible, Discussions and Announcements indicate the number of new activity items published in the course .
Change Course Color
You can also change the color of your course, which is synced with the color shown for the course in the Calendar. To change the color, click the card Settings icon , then select a new color. The check mark indicates the selected color , and the hex color code displays in the text field . If you want to use a color not shown in the window, you can enter the color's hex code directly in in the text field. The hex field will display a warning icon if the hex code is not valid. Additionally, any variation of white is not accepted as a course color.
Click the Apply button .
Note: If you change the color for a course in the Calendar, the Dashboard will also update with the new calendar color.
Add Course Nickname
If one of your courses includes a long or confusing name, you can create a nickname for your course. Learn more about course nicknames.
View Global Announcement
The Dashboard may also include global announcements, which are announcements created by your institution. To remove the announcement from your dashboard, click the Remove icon.
View Global Activity Stream
To help manage Canvas activity, the Dashboard also supports the Global Activity Stream, which can be toggled at the top of the Dashboard based on user preference. The activity stream shows activity for all your Canvas courses. To view the Global Activity Stream, click the Dashboard icon.
The Sidebar helps you see what you need to do next across all your courses, including items in your To Do list. The sidebar also includes a link to the global Grades page. Learn more about the Dashboard sidebar.