How do I use the Dashboard?

If your Dashboard does not match the design shown in this lesson, your institution has enabled the New Canvas User Interface. For updated details about this feature, please view the Dashboard (New Canvas UI) lesson.

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.

Note: For Canvas Catalog users, clicking your institution's logo will return you to your Catalog dashboard. Learn how to access the Canvas Dashboard as a Catalog user.

View Dashboard

The Dashboard includes the Activity Stream [1] and the Sidebar [2]. Each component helps show recent activity and upcoming events in your courses.

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 dot [2]. Recent Activity items remain for four weeks.

Note: To receive notifications for Discussions, users must actively post in the discussions at least once every two weeks. If a user stops participating in a discussion after two weeks, Canvas will no longer display discussion notifications.

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].

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. (This section still appears for instructors but does not display content.)

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].

Note: For instructors, clicking on the remove icon will present two options: Ignore and Ignore Until New Submission. When Ignore is selected for an assignment, the item will be hidden for six months.

Return to User Dashboard

You can return to your User Dashboard from any Canvas page by clicking your institution's logo in Global Navigation.

Note: For Canvas Catalog users, clicking your institution's logo will return you to your Catalog dashboard. Learn how to access the Canvas Dashboard as a Catalog user.