How do I change the Course Home Page?

You can change your Course Home Page to 1) the Recent Activity Dashboard, 2) Pages Front Page, 3) the Course Modules, 4) the Assignment List, or 5) the Syllabus.

Open Course

Open Course

In the Courses & Groups drop down, find and click the course you want to view the home page for. You will see the Course Home Page when you open the course.

View Course Home Page

View Course Home Page

Click the Choose Home Page link.

Select Home Page Layout

Select Home Page Layout

Click the home page layout you prefer. Your choices for the home page include: the Recent Activity Dashboard, Pages Front Page, Course Modules, Assignments List, or Syllabus.

Update Layout

Update Layout

Click the Save button to save the changes made to the Course Home Page.

View Recent Activity Dashboard

The Recent Activity Dashboard lets participants see the most recent notifications and interactions for this course. It is very similar to the User Dashboard where users first log in but only shows content for the specific course.

View Pages Front Page

Pages Front Page allows instructors to design the course homepage and include links, images or rich media. Students will be able to interact with the content added to this page. If you have already set a Front Page in your course, Canvas will display the name of your Front Page next to the Pages Front Page option. If you want to change your Front Page, click the Change link, which will redirect to the Pages index and allow you to easily set a new Front Page.

Note: When the Pages Front Page is selected as the home page display, the Course Home Page will not update accordingly unless a Front Page is assigned in Pages. Please be aware that new courses created with Draft State no longer produce a default front page. Therefore, to select a Front Page, you will need to create a new page in Pages and associate it as the course Front Page. See the Pages chapter for more details.

Set Front Page

Set Front Page

If you have not set a page as the Front Page, Canvas will ask you to set a Front Page before you can choose the Pages Front Page option.

Note: Only Published pages can be set as the Front Page. Make sure the page you want to set as the Front Page is published.

View Course Modules

View Course Modules

The Course Modules/Sections allows instructors to organize the course into modules or sections.

View Assignment List

The Assignment List shows the list of assignments for the course with upcoming and recent assignments at the top of the page.

View Syllabus

View Syllabus

The Syllabus allows instructors to write up a description of course expectations or introduce the course with links, images, etc. It then shows a calendar view of all assignments and course events.

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