What is the User Dashboard?

The User Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas. The User Dashboard helps you see what is happening in all your courses and allows you to figure out what to do next.

You can return to your User Dashboard at any time by clicking your institution's logo in Global Navigation. (For Canvas Catalog users, clicking your institution's logo will return you to your Catalog dashboard.)

View User Dashboard

The User Dashboard consists of four main elements:

  1. the Help Corner
  2. Global Navigation
  3. the Sidebar
  4. the Activity Stream

View Help Corner

View Help Corner

The Help Corner provides easy access to your personal user links and appears at the top of every page in Canvas. You can view your Conversations Inbox [1], view your user settings [2], log out of Canvas [3], and get help with Canvas [4].

Note: If your institution allows you to create a profile (as part of your user settings), you can click your name to view your profile directly.

View Global Navigation

View Global Navigation

The Global Navigation menu provides you with quick access to all of your courses and groups [1], a summary page for all course grades [2], and the Canvas Calendar [3]. Global Navigation also appears at the top of every page in Canvas. Learn more about Global Navigation.

View Sidebar

View Sidebar

The Sidebar helps you see what you need to do next across all your courses and can contain up to three helpful sections.

The To Do section [1] shows assignments or events that require your attention. If you are enrolled in a course as a student, the list shows assignments you need to turn in. If you are enrolled in a course as an instructor, the list shows assignments you need to grade. Items remain in this section for two weeks.

The Coming Up section [2] shows assignments and events coming due in the next seven days.

If you are enrolled in a course as a student, the Recent Feedback section [3] shows assignments with feedback from your instructor.

Manage Sidebar Items

Manage Sidebar Items

Each section item displays an icon [1] to differentiate between assignments and peer review assignments. Items with green icons indicate the item has been completed as indicated by your user role.

If a section contains more items than are listed, click the more link [2].

If there are more than 25 items in the To Do section, you must remove items before you can view any new items. To remove a To Do item, click the remove icon [3].

View Recent Activity

View Recent Activity

Recent Activity contains a stream of recent notifications from all of your courses, including announcements, discussions, assignments, and conversations. This activity stream helps you see all recent activity in your courses and easily ask questions and post to discussion forums.

Activities are indicated by activity type and display an icon [1] for the activity. New or unread activities are shown by the blue indicator number [2]. Recent Activity items remain for four weeks.

Expand and Collapse Notifications

Expand and Collapse Notifications

You can view the details of each activity by hovering in the notification area and clicking the Show More link [1]. To collapse recent activity, click the Show Less link [2].

Manage Recent Activity

Manage Recent Activity

You can directly access your recent activities by clicking the course link [1]. To remove a notification, click the remove icon [2].

Return to User Dashboard

Return to User Dashboard

To return to your User Dashboard, click your institution's logo in Global Navigation.

Note: If you are taking a course through Canvas Catalog, clicking your institution's logo will return you to your Catalog dashboard.

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