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Canvas: Change Course Front Page

This document explains layout options for your course front page and how to set it up to your specifications.

Default Home Page Layout in Canvas

Previously, your default course home page in Canvas was the Recent Activity page. After July 2017, Canvas automatically sets your course home, or front page, to the Modules section of your course.

Instructor View

Below is an instructor's view of a new/empty Modules area set as the course front page.

modules as homepage

If you do not use Modules, or would prefer another option, you can set your home page to be the Recent Activity Dashboard, Course Modules, the Assignment List, the Syllabus, or customize your own home page by using Pages Front Page.

Student View

If you are now using Modules as your home page, but have not yet created modules, students will see the following:

Modules home page with message that reads 'no modules have been defined for this course'

Other Home Page Layout Options in Canvas

  • Recent Activity Dashboard
    Setting your home page as Recent Activity Dashboard, or Course Activity Stream, allows students quickly see what is going on in the course. The most recent announcements, assignment due dates are posted there.

  • Course Modules
    Using Course Modules as your home page allows you to guide and direct students in the order you want them to proceed through the course. Modules create a more structured approach to guiding students to the materials, lessons, and activities to complete.

  • Assignment List
    Using the Assignment List as the front page would show students their most recent as well as upcoming assignments.

  • Syllabus
    In Canvas, you can customize your syllabus to communicate your expectations and goals with your students. The syllabus is automatically populated with the assignments and events in the course. If you want to get fancy, you can create a button syllabus to guide students through the course.

  • Pages Front Page
    Finally, Canvas offers is for you to create a customized page and set that as your course home page. This option allows for maximum customization and creativity. On the front page you can describe your course, add pictures and links to other pages, files, modules, discussions, or any area in your course.

Keywords:home page, landing page, canvas, navigation, front page, homepage set up   Doc ID:74629
Owner:Christi C.Group:Rice University
Created:2017-07-14 14:48 CDTUpdated:2019-04-01 15:35 CDT
Sites:Rice University
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