How do I view Canvas Studio media using the Test Student as an instructor?

In Canvas, you can view Studio media the same way that your students view media in a course through Student View. Enabling Student View creates a Test Student in your course and automatically creates a Studio account. You can activate Student View in your Course Settings.

To see the student's perspective on Canvas, use Student View to view the course, post and reply to discussions, submit assignments, view grades, view people, view pages, view the syllabus, view quizzes, view the calendar, and view the scheduler (if enabled).

Attendance, conferences, conversations, collaborations, differentiated assignments, groups, peer reviews, and profiles do not work for the Test Student. You will see only what you, as the instructor, allow your students to see.


  • Each Canvas course has a separate Test Student account. Whenever you move to a new course you will need to enable Student View for that course.
  • Submissions and scores for the Test Student do not affect course analytics.
  • You can only view the course layout as it is seen by your students. You cannot view student-specific information, such as conversations between students.
  • Once you activate Student View, the Test Student is shown at the end of the Gradebook and is automatically added to every section in your course. However, the Test Student is not shown in the section enrollment count.

Open Student View

In the course home page, click the View as Student button.

Open Media

You can now view the course as a student user would see it. For example, students cannot see the Settings navigation link like instructors can.

You will know if you are in Student View because of the persistent box on the bottom of the screen indicating you are logged into Student View.

Open the course area that includes the Studio media and open the media.

View Media

View Media

View the video or audio file as shown to a student in your course. You can replicate all functionality including adding, removing, and editing comments. Comments display from the Test Student.

Reset Student

You can also reset the Test Student by clicking Reset Student. This will clear all history for the student allowing you to start with a clean slate.

Leave Student View

To return to your course in the instructor view, click the Leave Student View button.