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How do I use the Dashboard 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 use the Dashboard as an observer?

The Dashboard is the first thing you see when you log into Canvas. The Dashboard displays at-a-glance information about what is happening in all current courses for students you are observing.

You can return to your User Dashboard at any time by clicking the Dashboard link in Global Navigation.

Open Dashboard

Open Dashboard

In Global Navigation, click the Dashboard link.

View Dashboard

The Dashboard is your landing page in Canvas. Depending on your institution, your Dashboard may default to one of two views: Card View or Recent Activity View.

  • Card View: displays course cards for quick access to all your favorite courses (the same courses display in the Courses link from the Global Navigation Menu)
  • Recent Activity View: displays all recent activity for all courses

View Student Dashboards

To filter your dashboard by student, click the Student drop-down menu [1], then click the student's name [2]. The dashboard view displays based on your student's dashboard view.

View Global Announcement

View Global Announcement

The Dashboard may also include global announcements, which are announcements created by your institution. To remove the announcement from your dashboard, click the Remove icon.

View Dismissed Announcement

View Dismissed Announcement

If you dismiss a global announcement, you can view dismissed announcements on the Global Announcements page.

Change Dashboard View

To change your Dashboard view, click the Options menu and select your preferred viewing option.

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