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

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].

Note: If you view Canvas with a smaller screen, any sidebar content will align with the bottom of the page.

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.

Collapse Course Navigation Menu

Collapse Course Navigation Menu

To expand or collapse the Course Navigation Menu, click the Menu icon.

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.

The Home Page content also defines what sections display in the sidebar.

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.

View Sidebar

View Sidebar

The sidebar functions the same as the Dashboard sidebar but only shows content for the specific course and includes additional options.

The top of the sidebar [1] contains course tools for managing your course.

The bottom of the sidebar [2] includes the To Do list, in addition to other sections depending on the layout you set for the Course Home Page.

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.

View Sidebar Sections

View Sidebar Sections

The sidebar always shows the To Do section [1], which shows all items that require grading in Canvas, regardless of due date. Each item in the To Do list displays the assignment name, the number of points, and the due date for the assignment. Some assignments may display multiple due dates. Items remain in this section for four weeks.

The sidebar can also include a variety of other sections [2], depending on the layout of your Course Home Page. Additional sidebar options include Coming Up or the Assignment list, Calendar and Assignment Groups, and Recent Feedback. For additional information about these sidebar options, view the sidebar layout options for a course.

Manage Sidebar Items

Manage Sidebar Items

Each section item indicates how many items need to be graded [1].

If a section contains more items than are listed, a link will appear under the list that you can use to view additional items [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: As an instructor, removing an item is only temporary; the item will reappear when a new submission is received for that assignment.