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Navigate the New Canvas Dashboard

Starting June 1, 2016, will look different.

The Canvas home page will have a better responsive design suited for smaller screens and smartphones. There will be very few functionality changes; however, the landing page and global navigation will look different. In the “New UI (user interface)”, look for the following changes:

  • Dashboard: will display a grid of Course Cards [1]. Click a Course Card to access a class site, or click course activity icons to view recent course-specific Announcements, Grades, Discussions, or Files [2].

  • Canvas Navigation: Look to the Global Navigation menu on the left side of any page for links to all Course sites [3], Canvas Account [4] information , and other global Canvas tools, like the Calendar and Inbox. Grades are now on the right side of the Dashboard page.

  • Courses: Select Course Cards by clicking Courses [3], then All Courses. Click the Star icon for a course to display as a course card on the Canvas dashboard.

  • Help: Report a problem, call, or chat with Canvas support using the Help [5] icon in the Global Navigation menu.


Course Sites

The most significant difference is the Global Navigation menu. Look to the left to navigate to other courses instead of the old navigation bar above each page.

Not much has changed once you navigate to a Canvas course site.

  1. Course Navigation is still on the left.

  2. Instructor Actions are still on the right.

  3. Edit and Save/Publish are in the same locations.

Other changes

  • The Grades global navigation icon was removed and placed on the right as View Grades.

  • Course Cards are customizable by users to either include a course nickname or change individual course card colors. These changes are unique to the user and do not affect official course information. Click here to learn more.

  • Hide or show the Course Navigation menu by clicking the Show and hide menu icon above the Course Navigation menu.

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