Viewing Canvas courses in the Dashboard

The Card View Dashboard displays favorite courses.  If you can't view your courses on your Canvas Dashboard, you may need to favorite the course in your Courses list.

If your Courses list does not display your course, talk to your instructor or your institution's Canvas Admin for assistance.


  • When no courses are favorited, the courses list automatically displays up to 20 courses alphabetically in the drop-down menu.
  • If your Dashboard looks different than what is displayed in this lesson, your institution may be using Canvas for Elementary in your course. Learn how to navigate around Subjects and Homeroom.

Open Courses List

Open Courses

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

View Courses List

The Courses list displays a list of all courses in which you are enrolled.

To view a published course, you can click the course name link [1]. You can only access published courses. Unpublished courses do not display a link [2].

Note: If your Courses list does not display any courses, you may not be enrolled in a course, course participation may be restricted, or your institution may not have updated the course enrollments in Canvas. Once registered, courses may take up to 24 hours to show in Canvas. You may need to reach out to your Canvas administrator or your instructor for help.

Select Favorite Courses

You can designate your favorite courses in the Courses list. Favorited courses display in your Canvas Dashboard.

To favorite a course, click the Favorite icon [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. Courses listed in the Future and Past enrollments list cannot be favorited.
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