What are Course Navigation indicators?

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.

The Course Navigation indicator represents the number of changes in a course since your last visit. Currently, this feature is only used for student Grades.

Note: If you are an instructor and participate in a course activity that generates an automatic grade (such as a quiz), the indicator will appear in your Course Navigation but cannot be cleared by refreshing the page. Please always preview a quiz or use Student View if you are interested in testing student submissions.

View Course Navigation Indicators

View Course Navigation Indicators

Sometimes a user wants to know what has changed since the last time he or she has visited a course, especially with Grades. The numbered indicator for Grades shows a user either a change in a score, including new scores, or a comment left on a submission by an instructor or a peer.

To clear the indicators, view the Grades page. When you refresh or navigate away from the page, the count will reset.

View Grades Page

View Grades Page

As a student, when you visit the Grades page in a course, you will see a blue dot next to the assignment indicating that the assignment that was graded or commented on by your instructor or peer. Remember, the indicators will disappear when you navigate away or refresh the page.

Instructors can also view the student Grades view by clicking the student's name in the Gradebook.