What is Student View?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

Student View allows you to see the course as a student views it and create a Test Student for your course. You can use Student View to see how your students view assignments, discussions, quizzes, and other areas of Canvas. Please note that Student View does not differentiate between published and unpublished content in the instructor view and should not be used as an accurate portrayal of the content currently available to students.

There is a separate Test Student account for each course in Canvas. Whenever you move to a new course you will need to enable Student View for that course.

Note: Submissions and scores for the Test Student do not affect course analytics.

When would I use Student View?

To see the student's perspective on Canvas, use Student View to:

  • View the course
  • Post and reply to Discussions
  • Submit Assignments
  • View Grades
  • View People
  • View Pages
  • View the Syllabus
  • View Quizzes
  • View the Calendar
  • View the Scheduler (if enabled)

Conversations, Collaborations, Groups, and Profile do not work for the Test Student. You will see only what you, as the instructor, allow your students to see.

Note: You can only view the course layout as it is seen by your students. You cannot view student-specific information, such as conversations between students.

Reset Test Student

Reset Test Student

Student View also allows you to reset the history for the test student to confirm content in the course. For example, if you created an assignment and submitted it as the Test Student but then forgot to add a certain submission type, you can click the Reset Student button and submit the assignment again as the Test Student.