I want to alter the color of my dashboard's courses.
Use the web interface, then click on the three vertical dots at the top right of the dashboard course card and change the color.
A follow-up question since this jogged my memory. A faculty member swears that when she changed the course card color and nickname, it filtered through to her students' view. I added an image to one of my resource courses thinking that it would filter through to participants' view and it didn't. What's the bottom line? When a teacher-role changes the course card what does or does not stream out to participants in that course?
The nicknames are supposed to be individualized and the teacher cannot set it for the students. The call that is made when you do that is to the Set course nickname endpoint of the Users API. It is a user-specific endpoint, there isn't a default for the course, although some people want it.
What the teacher can do, and this is more likely depending on your permissions, is edited the Course Settings and changed the name of the course there, rather than through the dashboard course card. That would filter through to students who hadn't set a nickname.
James has given you great advice.
I just tested this, and when I add an image to a course card, that image appears to the students. However, and this is important, if I removed the background color so that the image worked better, the background image was still apparent when the student viewed the course card. This is really not acceptable, as it can create inaccessible contrast issues.
Thanks, Kelley and James -- that's how I thought each of them were supposed to work.
I don't follow what you're saying here, Kelley. Are you saying we should disable the ability to have a background image chosen by the instructor. That was my argument when it first came out, that the student should be able to choose the image or even whether to load the image.
No, what I am saying is that when an instructor applies an image to the course card and removes the color overlay, the image is visible to the students but so is the color overlay.
I like course images, although the ability to add Alt text would be very nice.
Thanks for clarifying, that makes more sense. Yes, the color overlay, like the nickname, is an individual choice and cannot be set by the instructor. Unfortunately, the choice to have an image is not an individual one.
Hi EMMA LYONS Thank You for your question. James Jones has provided you with an excellent explanation of how you can change the colors of those course cards on your Canvas Dashboard. And, in case you are curious, the Guide on how to do all of this is located here: How do I view my favorite courses in the Card View Dashboard as a student? Just scroll about half-way down the Guide, and you'll see a section called "Change Course Color". But, you're not limited to just those 15 color choices. You actually can choose from a whole host of colors in the color spectrum just by choosing an appropriate six-character hex color code (that's what #008400 is in James' illustration and what #FD5D10 is in the Guide's illustration). There are all kinds of websites where you can find hex color codes. Here are a few of my favorites:
I hope this extra bit of information will be of help to you, Emma.
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