Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

How do I customize my Courses list as an observer?

Find your school's Canvas URL

To find your school or institution's Canvas URL, begin typing the name of your school/institution. Results will appear after you type at least 3 characters. For best results be as specific as possible. If you can't find your school, try using any part of your school's name or searching for your school district or state. You may also need to search for the school using the acronym or full name, for example "USU" and "Utah State University".

How do I customize my Courses list as an observer?

When you are enrolled in more than one Canvas course, you can customize the active courses that display in your Course list when you click the Courses link in Global Navigation. Courses you want displayed in the Courses list are called favorite courses. You can favorite any published course that appears in the My Courses section on the course list page. Course favorites also display in the Card View Dashboard.

When no courses are favorited, the Courses list automatically displays up to 20 courses alphabetically in the Courses list. However, once you have selected at least one course as a favorite, only your favorite courses will display in the list.

Note: Courses in the Courses list always display alphabetically; you cannot manually reorder the list.

Open Courses

Open Courses

In Global Navigation, click the Courses link [1], then click the All Courses link [2].

Manage Courses

To favorite a course, click the star next to a course [1]. Courses with filled stars show the course is a favorite [2].


  • After you have manually favorited at least one course, Canvas automatically favorites any new published course enrollments for you.
  • You can only favorite active courses.

View Unpublished Courses

View Unpublished Courses

If a course is unpublished and you are allowed to view unpublished courses before the course start date, you cannot favorite the course. If you hover over a star icon for an unpublished course, you can view a message indicating that the course cannot be added as a favorite.

Future and past enrollments also cannot be favorited.

View Past Enrollments

Depending on course configuration, you may still be able to view your past enrollments after courses have concluded. However, favorited courses are not automatically removed as a favorite. If a past enrollment course still shows as a favorite, you can unfavorite the course by clicking the star icon.

Was this article helpful? Yes No
Have a question about Canvas? Ask in the Q&A forum:
Embed this guide in your Canvas course:

Note: You can only embed guides in Canvas courses. Embedding on other sites is not supported.