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.
The Sidebar is located on the right hand side of your Canvas course. In the sidebar you can view Course Tools . The sidebar also displays a To Do list  so you can see what you need to do next in your course.
View Course Tools
In the course tools section of the sidebar, you can:
- Change the course home page layout by clicking the Choose Home Page link
- See the recent activity in the course by clicking the View Course Stream link
- Open the course checklist by clicking the Course Setup Checklist link
- Make a new announcement by clicking the New Announcement link
- 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
For instructors, the To Do section of the sidebar lists all the assignments that need to be graded. It will show the assignment title  and how many need to be graded . If there are more items on the To Do list, click the more link .
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 .
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 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.
View Syllabus and Calendar
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.