How do I use the Course Home Page as an instructor?

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.

If you are enrolled in a course as an instructor, the Course Home Page is the first page students see when they open the course. The Home Page also helps students understand how they can navigate through the course. You can customize the Home Page 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.

View Course Home Page

The Course Home Page involves Course Navigation [1], the content area [2], and the sidebar [3].

View Course Navigation

View Course Navigation

The Course Home Page is viewed from the Course Navigation Home link.

Course Navigation includes links that help you and your students get to specific locations in the course. As an instructor, you can customize what links are shown in your course. Learn more about the Course Navigation menu.

View Content Area

View Content Area

Home Page content (and all Canvas content) 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 layout. The content can also show the Course Activity Stream.

View Breadcrumbs

View Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs appear above the course content area.

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

The breadcrumbs Home icon will take you to the Canvas Dashboard.

View Sidebar

View Sidebar

The sidebar is also part of your Course Home Page and helps you see what you need to do next in your course.

The top of the sidebar [1] contains course tools for managing your course. The bottom of the sidebar [2] can include a variety of sections, depending on the layout you set for the Course Home Page. Learn how to view which sections are part of each Home Page layout.

View Course Tools

View Course Tools

In the course tools section of the sidebar, you can manage your Course Home Page in addition to view other helpful links for your course.

To change the course home page layout, click the Choose Home Page link [1].

If your course Home Page displays a page other than the Course Activity Stream, view recent activity by clicking the View Course Stream link [2]. Recent activity displays all recent activity and events in the course for assignments, announcements, discussions, and conversations. When the Home Page is set as the Course Activity Stream, this button will not appear.

To open the course setup checklist, click the Course Setup Checklist link [3]. The Course Setup Checklist is a checklist of items to ensure your course is ready to go before being published for your students.

To make a new announcement, click the New Announcement link [4].

To access analytics for your course, click the View Course Analytics link [5]. Viewing course analytics requires permission by your Canvas admin.

Manage Sidebar Items

Manage Sidebar Items

No matter the Home Page layout, the sidebar always displays the To Do list. Each item in the To Do list displays the assignment name and an icon [1] to differentiate between assignments and peer review assignments. The item will also show how many items need to be graded [2]. Items with green icons indicate the item has been graded for all students. If a section contains more items than are listed, click the more link [3].

To Do items reflect activity for two weeks. If there are more than 25 items in the list, new items will not appear until you have cleared some existing items. To remove a To Do item, click the item's remove icon [4].

For instructors, clicking on the remove icon will present two options: Ignore [5] and Ignore Until New Submission [6]. When Ignore is selected for an assignment, the item will be hidden for six months.