How do I use the Course Home Page sidebar to manage my course?

For instructors, the sidebar on the Course Home Page provides resources to quickly manage your course. You can choose your home page, view the course activity stream, access the course setup checklist, make a new announcement, and view course analytics. You can also see your To Do list.

Depending on how your course is set up, other options may be displayed in the sidebar as well.

Note: Viewing Course Analytics is a course permission. If you cannot access Course Analytics, please contact your Canvas admin.

View Sidebar

The Sidebar is located on the right hand side of your Canvas course. In the sidebar you can view Course Tools [1]. The sidebar also displays a To Do list [2] so you can see what you need to do next in your course.

View Course Tools

View Course Tools

In the course tools section of the sidebar, you can:

  1. Change the course home page layout by clicking the Choose Home Page link
  2. See the recent activity in the course by clicking the View Course Stream link
  3. Open the course checklist by clicking the Course Setup Checklist link
  4. Make a new announcement by clicking the New Announcement link
  5. Access analytics for your course by clicking the View Course Analytics link

Note: You have to have permission to view analytics.

View To Do List

View To Do List

For instructors, the To Do section of the sidebar lists all the assignments that need to be graded. It will show the assignment title [1] and how many need to be graded [2]. If there are more items on the To Do list, click the more link [3].

To Do items reflect activity for two weeks. If there are more than 25 items in the list, new items will not appear until you have cleared some existing items. To remove a To Do item, click the item's delete icon [4].

Note: For students, the To Do section lists all assignments that need to be turned in.

View Other Sidebar Items

Depending on your course home page setup, you may also see additional sections in the sidebar. These sidebar items will also appear for your students.

View Coming Up

View Coming Up

If your Home Page is set to view the Course Activity Stream, Modules, or Pages Front Page, the sidebar displays the Coming Up section, which shows the list of activities coming up in the course schedule. Coming Up items reflect activity within the next 7 days.

View Upcoming Assignments

View Upcoming Assignments

If your Home Page is set to view the Assignments List, the sidebar displays the Upcoming Assignments section, which shows the list of assignments coming up in the course schedule. Upcoming Assignments items reflect activity within the next 7 days.

Student Grades View

Student Grades View

When the Home Page is set to the Assignments List, students also see a link to view their grades in the course.

View Syllabus and Calendar

View Syllabus and Calendar

If your Home Page is set to view the Syllabus, the sidebar displays a link to edit the syllabus and the course calendar. If course assignments are weighted, the weight percentages also appear below the calendar.

Note: Students cannot see the Edit Syllabus button.

View Recent Feedback

View Recent Feedback

Any Home Page layout shows students the Recent Feedback section, which also appears on the User Dashboard and shows any assignments where you have provided feedback.

This section does not appear in the sidebar for instructors.

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