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  • You can view a course the same way that your students view your course through Student View. Enabling Student View creates a Test Student in your course. You can activate Student View in your Course Settings.

    To see the student's perspective on Canvas, use Student View to view the course, post and reply to discussions, submit assignments, view grades, view people, view pages, view the syllabus, view quizzes, view the calendar, and view the scheduler (if enabled).

    Attendance, conferences, conversations, collaborations, differentiated assignments, groups, peer reviews, and profiles do not work for the Test Student. You will see only what you, as the instructor, allow your students to see.

    Notes:

    • Each Canvas course has a separate Test Student account. Whenever you move to a new course you will need to enable Student View for that course.
    • Submissions and scores for the Test Student do not affect course analytics.
    • You can only view the course layout as it is seen by your students. You cannot view student-specific information, such as conversations between students.
    • Once you activate Student View, the Test Student is shown at the end of the Gradebook and is automatically added to every section in your course. If you want to remove the test student completely, you will have to remove the test student from your section enrollments.
    Tags Instructor Guide, Settings, Student View
  • Updated on: Mar 11, 2017

    How do I view Course Statistics?

    Course Statistics give you a glimpse into which Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes are engaging students and what might be improved in the future. It will also help you to detect which students are not participating to the fullest or have started to fall behind the rest of the class.

    Tags Course Statistics, Instructor Guide, Settings
  • Updated on: Mar 11, 2017

    How do I validate links in a course?

    As an instructor, you can verify all external links throughout your course to ensure they are valid. You can check these links using the course link validator, which searches through course content and returns invalid or unresponsive external links in both published and unpublished content. However, please note that some links flagged as unresponsive are inaccessible by Canvas servers and will still work for students.

    The link validator also includes deleted links. Deleted links are links that are still in the course, but their linked content has been deleted (such as a course file or page).

    Tags Course Settings, Instructor Guide
  • You may be able to remove section enrollments within your course Settings in Canvas. Removing an enrollment removes all associated coursework and grades from the course.

    Section enrollments also include the Test Student, which is created when you enable Student View. If you need to remove the Test Student from the Gradebook, you can remove the Test Student from the enrolled section. Note that the Test Student may be part of more than one section.

    Notes:

    • Sections may be added by your institution's student information system (SIS). If a section in your course includes an SIS ID, you may not have permission to remove section enrollments.
    • If you want to retain enrollment information for the user, you may be able to conclude the enrollment instead.
    Tags Instructor Guide, Sections, Settings, Student View
  • You can view section enrollments within your course Settings in Canvas.

    Section enrollments also include the Test Student, which is created when you enable Student View.

    Tags Instructor Guide, Settings, Student View
  • Updated on: Mar 11, 2017

    How do I delete a course section?

    You can delete a section by editing your course Settings in Canvas. You cannot delete a section with users enrolled.

    Note: Sections may be added by your institution's student information system (SIS). If a section in your course includes an SIS ID, you may not have permission to delete sections.

    Tags Instructor Guide, Settings
  • You can change the name of a section by editing your course Settings in Canvas.

    Note: Sections may be added by your institution's student information system (SIS). If a section in your course includes an SIS ID, you may not have permission to change the section name.

    Tags Instructor Guide, Settings
  • If you set your Home Page layout to display the Pages Front Page, you can show recent announcements as part of your Course Home Page. You can set the number of announcements that should be displayed.

    The Course Home Page only displays the text within announcements; any images or media will not be shown.

    Note: Before you can view announcements, you must have set a front page and set your Home Page layout to display the front page.

    Tags Announcements, Course Home Page, Instructor Guide, Settings
  • If you would like to use a grading scheme that your institution has not created on the account level, you can create a new grading scheme for your course. View examples of common grading schemes.

    Note: Your grading scheme will not take effect until it has been enabled for the course.

    Tags Grading Schemes, Instructor Guide, Settings
  • You can enable an existing grading scheme for your course by editing your Course Settings. If you need to change your course grading scheme at any time, you can manage the grading schemes and find a new scheme.

    If you want to disable grading schemes for your entire course, you can deselect the grading scheme checkbox in Course Settings and your course will no longer be associated with a grading scheme. If you choose to use a grading scheme at a later time, you will have to re-enable a grading scheme.

    Notes:

    • In a course export, the enabled course grading scheme is copied as the default grading scheme.
    • Using an account-level grading scheme built by your institution links the scheme into your course—it does not import as a new scheme on the course level. If you have permission to manage grading schemes, note that modifying the account scheme in your course will also modify it for the entire institution.
    Tags Grading Schemes, Instructor Guide, Settings