How do I use the Global Navigation Menu?

The Global Navigation Menu is found in the top portion of Canvas. It helps you see an overview of all your Courses, Groups, Grades, and Calendar events.

View Global Navigation Menu

View Global Navigation Menu

Items in Global Navigation show you what's going on across ALL of your courses, not just in one course. For example, when you click Grades you will see grading feedback from all of your courses. Likewise, when you click Calendar, you will see events and deadlines from all of your courses.

View Courses

View Courses

To view your courses, click the Courses link.

A drop-down menu will display any courses where you are enrolled, along with your user role. This menu also displays any courses marked as favorites. Learn how to customize your courses list.

To view a favorites course, click the name of the course [1]. To view all your Canvas courses, click the View All or Customize link [2].

View Courses & Groups

View Courses & Groups

If you are enrolled in Groups, your Courses menu will appear as Courses & Groups. The Current Groups section displays all groups where you are enrolled, along with the associated course. Groups display regardless of whether the associated course appears in the Courses & Groups drop-down list.

To view a group, click the name of the group [1] .If there are more groups than can be shown in the menu, you can click the View all groups link [2].

Note: Groups cannot be customized in the drop-down menu.

View Grades

View Grades

To view Grades for your courses, click the Grades link.

View Courses I'm Taking

View Courses I'm Taking

If you are enrolled in a course as a student, the Courses I'm Taking heading displays the name of your course and a current overall grade, if available [1]. If no grades have been assigned, the grade appears as no grade [2].

To view grading details, click the name of the course [3]. Learn more about student Grades.

View Courses I'm Teaching

View Courses I'm Teaching

If you are enrolled in a course as an instructor, the page also displays a Courses I'm Teaching heading that shows the name of the course and the current overall grade average [1], which displays the number of students who are part of the average score. If no grades have been assigned, the grade appears as no grade [2].

To view grading details in the Gradebook, click the name of the course [3]. To view interactions with your students and student activity in the course, click the Student Interactions Report link [4].

Learn more about the Gradebook.

View Calendar

View Calendar

To view your Calendar, click the Calendar link.

Learn more about the how to view the calendar.

View Commons (Instructors)

View Commons (Instructors)

If you are an instructor and your institution is participating in Canvas Commons, your Global Navigation Menu will include a Commons link. Learn more about Canvas Commons.

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