What is Student View?

Student View allows instructors to see the course as a student views it.

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

View Course as the Test Student

You will see the course as a student. You can tell you are in Student View by noticing that your name changed to Test Student [1] and the persistent bar across the bottom of the screen indicating you are in Student View [2].

Reset Test Student

Reset Test Student

You can Reset the Test Student to clear the Test Student's history and re-check content in the course. For example, if an instructor created an assignment and submitted it as the Test Student but then forgot to add a certain submission type, the instructor can click the Reset Student button and submit the assignment again as the Test Student.