Student View is a Canvas tool that lets you view your course as a hypothetical student. Why would you want to do this? It is the fastest and easiest way to make sure that your course makes sense from a student point of view, especially if you have imported a lot of old course materials, assignments, or blank template elements you don’t want students to see. In Student View, you can check your modules, assignments, discussions, and quizzes areas to make sure everything is published. You can also check individual items to ensure that due dates and point values are clear, and, if you’re using “available from” dates, that students can’t access the item itself (more on those settings in our article and video). Finally, you can navigate to the Syllabus page of your course and scroll to the bottom to see what will appear in students’ to-do lists.

Introduction to Toggling Student View

Watch this video to learn more, and to see a demonstration of how to use Student View to check the visibility of items in Modules:

Illustrated Alternative Instructions

Step 1: On your Canvas course shell, click on settings at the bottom of the left side bar.

Screenshot of the left menu in Canvas. Settings is highlighted in a yellow box at the bottom.

Step 2: Click on Student View on the right.

Screenshot of the right-hand menu on the Settings page, with Student View highlighted in a yellow box at the top.

Step 3: Navigate to the Canvas page you would like to view as a student. As long as the pink box borders your Canvas window, you remain in Student View.

Step 4: To exit this feature, click Leave Student View in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Screenshot of the bottom right of the pink box that surrounds the screen in Student View. Two buttons are shown, reading Reset Student and Leave Student View. Leave Student View is highlighted with a yellow box.



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