Customizing the Canvas Dashboard
Customizing your Dashboard can help support you in how you most frequently use Canvas. There are a couple of view options:
- Card View
- List View
- Recent Activity
You can choose which of these views you want to see by clicking on the button with three dots on the top-right corner of the Dashboard.
The Card View will display each course on a card with an optional course image (added in the course settings) and quick links to announcements, assignments, discussions, and files within the course. This view is helpful if you primarily access Canvas from a computer and like a more visual representation of the class list.
Cards will display in alphabetical order, based on course name. You can click and drag the cards to re-order them to match your preference.
You can click on the button with three dots on each course card to give the course a nickname and choose a color for the card and title. Nicknames appear for you in your course lists, calendar, and within the course. Students see the official name of the course or a nickname they have designated.
The List View displays announcements, calendar items, assignments, and other dated items in more of an agenda view. This view is best for users with a student role.
The Recent Activity view provides a summary of announcements, notifications, and discussions for all of your classes. This view is best if you are frequently on a low bandwidth connection.
The color overlay option can be turned off if you would rather not see a translucent color over course images on the cards.
You have the option of choosing which courses are displayed on the Dashboard.
From anywhere in Canvas, click on Courses from the global navigation menu, then click on All Courses
Click on the outline of the star next to courses you want to include on your Dashboard
Tip: You can use the filter at the top of the page to view courses from only one semester.
Click on the orange star next to courses you want to remove from your Dashboard (you may have to refresh the browser window to see the changes)
Click on the Courses icon to see changes to the list
Or, click on Dashboard to see the changes there
This short video will walk you through the process of customizing your dashboard in Canvas.