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How do I use my institution's Catalog?

Catalog courses and programs are easily searchable. You can use the Search field on the home page, or just browse the catalog listings.


  • The steps for searching and viewing a course or program listing are the same regardless of catalog design. Your catalog view may be customized for your institution.
  • You may need to log in to Canvas before you can view your institution's Catalog listings. 

Open Catalog

Open Catalog

In a browser window, type your institution's Catalog URL in the address bar.

View Catalog Listings Page

View Catalog Listings Page

View your institution's catalog listings page. The listings page displays your institution's catalog icon [1].

You can access the student dashboard and the Canvas dashboard, and you can log out of your account from the User Menu link [2].

The listings page also displays all courses and programs offered by and available for enrollment at your institution [3].


  • The catalog icon is static and displays throughout the catalog. To return to the listings page at any time, click the icon.
  • If you have not logged in, the User Menu link is replaced by a Login link. Learn about logging into Catalog.
  • If you are visiting the catalog for the first time, you may need to register for a catalog account.

Search and Filter Listings

View Catalog Listings Page

You can easily locate a specific catalog listing using the catalog search and filter options.

To search for a specific listing, add text in the Search field [1].

To filter the listings by category, click the Category drop-down menu [2]. Then select a category from the list.

View Refine Listings Options

View Refine Listings Options

To refine the displayed listings, click the Refine drop-down menu [1].

To filter the displayed listings, select from the following filters:

  • Free [2]: View only listings without an enrollment fee.
  • Paid [3]: View only listings that require payment to enroll.
  • Open Enrollment [4]: View only listings with currently open enrollment options.
  • Certificate [5]: View only listings that offer a certificate upon completion.

To sort the displayed listings, select from the following sort options:

  • ABC [6]: Sort the displayed listings in alphabetical order.
  • Start Date [7]: Sort the displayed listings by start date beginning with most recent.
  • $-$$$ [8]: Sort the displayed listings by lowest to highest price.
  • $$$-$ [9]: Sort the displayed listings by highest to lowest price.

View Listing Types

View Listing Types

Catalogs can display two listing types.

Individual course listings display the Course icon [1].

Multiple courses bundled into one listing display a Program icon [2].

View Listing Card

View Listing Card

Each listing card displays an image [1], the listing name [2], and a short description [3]. Listings may also display an institution, department, organization, or team logo [4].

You can also view the listing duration [5]. Some listings may begin on a certain date, some may only be offered during a specific date range or include a time limit, and some listings may be self-paced without start or end dates.

You can also view the cost to enroll in the listing [6] and the number of credits offered upon completion [7].

Note: For programs, any credits shown are the cumulative of all courses included in the program.

Open Listing Details

Open Listing Details

To view details of a listing, click the listing card.

View Listing Details

View Listing Details

The listing details page displays the listing image [1] with the the listing type icon  [2]. You can also view the listing title [3], duration [4], the number of credits offered upon completion [5], and the number of spots remaining [6] if a student cap is set.

You can enroll in the individual listing from the details page [7], you can add the listing to your shopping cart [8], or you can purchase bulk enrollments [9].

You can also view the listing's detailed description [10].

Note: If the listing includes an enrollment fee, the fee displays on the Enroll button [11].

View Related Listings

If you view a course that is part of a program, the program name displays on the listing's details page [1].

If you view a program, the program's included courses display on the listing's details page [2]. Course listings that also display as individual courses in the catalog's listings page, the course name displays as a link to the course [3].