Canvas Dashboard, Notifications, and Settings

In this video, you will learn how to navigate the Canvas user interface, create a profile page, and view your courses. More information about the features mentioned in the video can be found below.

Canvas Dashboard

Your Canvas Dashboard consists of two main elements:

1. The actual Dashboard provides access and updates in your courses.

2. The  Global Navigation Menu on the left provides quick links to all main Canvas areas and can be accessed from any area in Canvas. See the following video for an overview of your Canvas Home page.

Notification Preferences

Notification Preferences allow you to select how and when you want to be notified when various events occur within your course, such as a grades, change in a due date, an updated assignment, or a message sent from within Canvas.

Canvas supports notification through e-mail, SMS text message, Twitter, and Facebook. Canvas users can choose to receive notification alerts immediately, daily, weekly, or never.

Directions for setting your notification preferences: 

How Do I Set My Notification Preferences?

Your Canvas Profile

Profiles give students the ability to add information about themselves (ex: Bio, Website, etc.) that will be visible to the people (students and instructors) in their courses. Because other people in your courses will be able to see anything you post on your profile page, please be cautious about the personal information you share on your profile.

Directions for editing your Canvas Profile:

How Do I Edit My Profile?

How Do I Add a Profile Picture?

Canvas Settings

Canvas allows you to choose ways to receive notifications about course updates, announcements, etc. You can add another e-mail address, or set up text message notifications.

Directions for updating your Canvas settings:

How Do I Change My User Settings?

How Do I Add An Additional Email Address as a Contact Method in Canvas?

Note: Some settings changes are restricted by UW System.

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