How do I use the Course Dashboard as an instructor?

If you are enrolled in a course as an instructor, the Course Dashboard helps you manage your course. You can also customize several areas to create a specific workflow for your students.

To help you learn how to navigate a Canvas course, this lesson uses a course that has already been populated. To learn how to build a new course, visit the create a new course shell lesson.

Note: If you are trying to navigate a Canvas course on a mobile device, please see our iOS Phone, iOS Tablet, Android Phone, or Android Tablet guides.

View Course Dashboard

The Course Dashboard consists of four main elements:

  1. Course Navigation
  2. Breadcrumbs
  3. Sidebar
  4. Content Area

View Course Navigation

View Course Navigation

The Course Navigation links help you get to where you want to go within a Canvas course. As an instructor, you can customize what links are shown in your course. Learn how to use the Course Navigation menu.

View Breadcrumbs

View Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs appear above the course content area.

As you view course content, the breadcrumbs leave a trail to show where you are inside the course. You can follow these links backward to visit prior course content.

To return to the User Dashboard, click the breadcrumbs Home icon.

View Sidebar

View Sidebar

The Sidebar helps you see what you need to do next in your course. The top of the sidebar contains links for managing your course [1]. Depending on the layout you set for the Course Home Page, the sidebar can also display several section3s of content for you and your students [2].

Learn how to use the Course Home Page sidebar.

View Content Area

The content of the course is displayed in the Content Area. The content can be a page, the syllabus, discussions, announcements, quizzes, or imported content as set by your Course Home Page. The content can also show the Course Activity Stream.

View Another Course

View Another Course

To view another course, click the Courses & Groups menu in Global Navigation.

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