How do I use the Course Activity Stream?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). This lesson may include two images for specific steps to show the difference between the two designs. Unless otherwise indicated, the functionality and location of the components remain the same. The view available to you is determined by your institution.

The Course Activity Stream shows you all of the recent activity from a single course including announcements, discussions, assignments, and conversations. This stream is similar to the Activity Stream on the Dashboard when you first log in to Canvas.

Note: If your Course Home Page is already set to view the course stream, the View Course Stream link does not appear in the course sidebar.

Open Course

Open Course

In Global Navigation, click the Courses link [1], then click the name of the course [2].

Open Course Activity

Open Course Activity

In the Home Page sidebar, click the View Course Stream button.

Note: If your Course Home Page is already set to view the course stream, the View Course Stream link does not appear in the course sidebar.

View Course Activity

View Course Activity

When viewing the course stream, you can view all recent notifications in the course, including announcements, discussions, assignments, and conversations. This activity stream helps you see all recent activity in your course and easily ask questions and post to discussion forums.

You can manage Recent Activity in a course the same way you can on the Dashboard. Activities are indicated by activity type and display an icon [1] for the activity. New or unread activities are shown by a blue indicator dot next to the notification. Recent Activity items remain for four weeks.

Note: To receive notifications for Discussions, users must actively post in the discussions at least once every two weeks. If a user stops participating in a discussion after two weeks, Canvas will no longer display discussion notifications.

Expand and Collapse Notifications

Expand and Collapse Notifications

You can view the details of each activity by hovering in the notification area and clicking the Show More link [2]. To collapse recent activity, click the Show Less link [2].

Manage Recent Activity

You can directly access your recent activities by clicking the course link [1]. To remove a notification, click the remove icon [2].