How do I use the Calendar?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). This lesson may include two images for specific steps to show the difference between the two designs. Unless otherwise indicated, the functionality and location of the components remain the same. The view available to you is determined by your institution.

The Calendar is a great way to view everything you have to do for all your courses in one place. You can view calendar events by day, week, month, or agenda list.

Open Calendar

Open Calendar

In Global Navigation, click the Calendar link.

View Calendar

The Calendar displays everything you are enrolled in since the Calendar spans across all courses. In the navigation bar, you can choose to view the calendar in Week, Month, Agenda, or Scheduler view [1]. The view you choose dictates the style of the calendar window [2]. By default, the calendar appears in Month view.

The sidebar [3] shows a quick-view calendar, your list of courses and groups, and undated items for your courses and groups.

Add Calendar Items

Add Calendar Items

Each calendar view shows any assignments or events that have been added to the calendar. Events can be added at any time in the navigation bar by clicking the Add button. Instructors can add assignments and add course events, and all users can add personal events.

View Calendar List

Each personal, course, and group calendar is identified by a separate color that populates the calendar view. Associated assignments for each course or group will appear within the calendar view for each calendar [1]. For instance, in the above example, assignments and events from the US History 101 course will appear as pink in the calendar view.

By default, the first 10 course and group calendars will be selected and appear in the calendar view. To hide a calendar, click the box next to the name of the calendar [2]. Calendars that are not active within the calendar view will appear in gray [3].

Note: Canvas will assign an arbitrary color for each calendar unless a custom color is chosen. Each calendar contains 15 default colors, but you can insert a Hex code to create any color of your choice.

View Undated Events List

View Undated Events List

Expanding the Undated items link will show you a list of events and assignments that are not dated. The assignments and events will be differentiated by icons and by the personal, course, or group calendar color.

View Calendar by Month

View Calendar by Month

In month view, click the arrow buttons [1] to move from month to month. Click the Today button [2] to view the events for the current date.

View Due Dates

View Due Dates

Assignments are shown with an icon next to the assignment title. The icon reflects the assignment type: Discussion [1], Assignment [2], Quiz [3], or Events [4].

Each item on the calendar is color-coded to match the courses or calendars in the sidebar.

Calendar assignments can also be crossed out [5], which is a simple way to keep track of assignments. If you are an instructor, assignments are crossed out when the due date has passed and all submissions have been graded. If you are a student, assignments are crossed out once the assignment has been submitted. However, assignments that have been awarded a grade but do not contain an actual submission will not be crossed out.

View Varied Due Dates (Instructors)

View Varied Due Dates (Instructors)

If a course has sections with varied due dates, instructors will see the multiple due dates. Students will only see their section's due date.

View Calendar by Week

To view the calendar by week, click the Week button.

View All-day Events

All-day events appear at the top of the calendar week.

View Calendar Agenda

View Calendar Agenda

To view all your calendar items in an agenda format, click the Agenda button.