Canvas Guides (en)Recent Updates

Recent Updates

  • If your institution has enabled offline content, you can view your course offline as an HTML file. You can download the HTML file from the Modules page. Currently HTML files can only be generated in the browser version of Canvas and are only supported on a computer.

    HTML offline content is for offline viewing only; you cannot interact with course content directly, such as completing an assignment or viewing any submissions. In the HTML file, you can view assignment details, availability dates, and point values. Discussions and quizzes only include the description. All discussion replies (graded or ungraded) are considered submissions and must be viewed online. Additionally, you can view any embedded media files in the HTML file. If a link can only be accessed online, the link includes an external icon identifying the content as online only.

    Offline downloads include all content from the course at the time of the download. You will need to download the course each time you want to view updated course content. After the initial download, the export page shows the history of each download, and the Modules page shows the last time the content was exported.

    User Guidelines

    When exporting course content, you may not reproduce or communicate any of the content in the course, including exported files, without your institution's prior written permission. Please be aware of your institution's online user agreement guidelines.

    Note: If your course does not allow access to the Modules page, or if your course Modules page does not display the Export Course Content button, offline content is not available in your course. However, your institution may allow you to export course content as an ePub file.

    Tags Canvas, HTML, Modules, Offline Content, Student, Student Guide
  • When you are enrolled in more than one Canvas course, you can customize the active courses you want to show in your Course list. Courses you want to show in the Courses drop-down menu are called favorite courses. You can favorite any published course that appears in the My Courses section on the course list page. Course favorites also display in the Dashboard.

    When no courses are favorited, the courses list automatically displays up to 20 courses alphabetically in the drop-down menu. However, once you have selected at least one course as a favorite, only your favorite courses will appear in the Courses list.

    Note: Courses are always listed alphabetically; you cannot reorder your courses manually.

    Tags Canvas, Courses, Dashboard, Global Navigation, Student, Student GS Guide, Student Guide
  • The Global Activity Stream shows you important recent activities from all of your courses including announcements, discussions, assignments, and conversations. This stream is similar to the Course Activity Stream for an individual course.

    The following activities will cause notifications for each course to appear in the Global Activity Stream:

    • New Announcements
    • Replies to Announcements
    • New Discussions
    • New Discussion Posts
    • New Assignments
    • Assignments, Quizzes, or Discussions Changed from Ungraded to Graded
    • Due Date Changes to Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions
    • New Graded Assignments
    • New Peer Review Assignments
    • New Conversation Messages



    • Notifications in the Global Activity Stream will not appear for activity in Files, Collaborations, Grades, Pages, or Conferences; ungraded quizzes and surveys; or edits to Discussions.
    • Edits to Quizzes and Assignments will only appear in the Global Activity Stream when the Notify users that this content has changed button has been selected in a course.
    Tags Activity Stream, Canvas, Dashboard, Global Activity, Student, Student Guide
  • Updated on: Aug 06, 2017

    How do I log in to Canvas as a student?

    This lesson will show you how to log in to Canvas from an internet browser. If you are using Canvas with an institution, you will log in either from your institution's webpage or by using their direct Canvas URL. Canvas Network accounts also log in with a Canvas URL. You can also log in to Canvas on the Canvas Mobile apps.

    You must have an account to log in to Canvas:

    • If you are associated with an institution using Canvas and do not know your username and password, please contact your site administrator.
    • If you do not yet have an account, learn how to create a Canvas account.


    Note: If you are having trouble signing into Canvas, please see the troubleshooting section in this lesson.

    Tags Canvas, Login, Mobile Apps, People, Student, Student Guide
  • You can download a folder in a ZIP format in your personal, group, or course files.

    Learn how to locate your user files, course files, and group files.

    Tags Canvas, Files, Folder, Student, Student Guide, ZIP Format
  • You can download a single file from your user, group, and course file storage area.

    Learn how to locate your user files, course files, and group files.

    Tags Canvas, Download, Files, Student, Student Guide
  • You can delete a file or folder within your personal or group file storage area. Once a file or folder is deleted, it cannot be recovered.

    Learn how to locate your user files and group files.

    Note: Files that have been submitted as part of an assignment cannot be deleted.

    Tags Canvas, Files, Folder, Student, Student Guide
  • Updated on: Aug 06, 2017

    How do I upload ZIP files as a student?

    You can import .zip files to your personal or group file storage area.

    If you do not know how to create a ZIP file, please consult your computer operating system's user guide.

    Learn how to locate your user files and group files.

    Tags Canvas, Files, Student, Student Guide, ZIP Files
  • Updated on: Aug 06, 2017

    How do I preview a file as a student?

    You can preview a file in a course, group, or user file storage area.

    Learn how to locate your user files, course files, and group files.

    Tags Canvas, Files, preview, Student, Student Guide
  • You can upload files to both user and group files. Files can be used for assignments, discussion replies, and conversation attachments. Additionally, files in your user or group files can always be embedded in Canvas using the Rich Content Editor.

    Learn how to locate your user files and group files.


    • For assignment submissions, you can upload a file from your computer or select a file that has been previously uploaded to your user files. If you select a previously uploaded file, you can delete the file after it has been submitted and free up extra storage in your user files.
    • If your group file requires you to set a usage right, you must specify the file information before the file can be published. If your group does not require usage rights, group files are automatically published.
    Tags Canvas, File Upload, Files, Groups, Student, Student Guide