COMING JULY 15TH! New Instructor Tutorials in Canvas


On July 15, 2017, instructors using Canvas for the first time can use two new tutorial features to become familiar with Canvas and create a module-based course: the New Modules Home Page Default and the Course Setup Tutorial. The following information explains how these new tutorial features work and gives instructions on how to use them.

New Modules Home Page Default

In new courses that do not contain copied content, the “Course Home” page defaults to the Modules layout. Instructors can still choose any home page for the course, but this change replaces the Recent Activity Stream as the Home page default. The Modules page includes two links to help new instructors either create a new module or add existing content through a course import.

An example of the

If Modules is set to the Home page but no modules content exists, Canvas will prompt the instructor to either publish a module or choose a different home page layout.

Course Setup Tutorial

What Is the Course Setup Tutorial?

The Course Setup Tutorial appears by default in new courses for all new instructors in Canvas, and it replaces the existing Course Setup Checklist. For the Course Setup Tutorial, “new instructors” are defined as users with instructor roles created in an account after July 15th.

Please note: The Course Setup Tutorial only displays for users enrolled as instructors in Canvas sites. For instance, a user enrolled as a student would not see the Course Setup Tutorial unless the user were also enrolled in a course with an instructor enrollment.

How Do I Use the Course Setup Tutorial?

By default, the Course Setup Tutorial appears in a panel on the right side of the main Canvas index pages of newly created Canvas sites for new instructors. When visible, the panel displays information about the page.

An example of the Course Setup Tutorial panel in a newly created Canvas site for new instructors.

The panel can be collapsed by clicking on the rightward-pointing arrow in the upper-right corner of the panel.

An example of how to collapse the Course Setup Tutorial panel by clicking on the rightward-pointing arrow in the upper-right corner of the panel.

When the Course Setup Tutorial is collapsed, it persists across Canvas pages, so if the tutorial is collapsed in one page, it will stay collapsed on all pages until expanded again.

The panel can be re-opened by clicking on the arrow again, which points to the left when the panel is collapsed.

An example of where the Course Setup Tutorial button appears in Canvas when it has been enabled. The Course Setup Tutorial button appears in the right margin of a Canvas site.

To close the Course Setup Tutorial, click on the End Tutorial button that appears in the lower-right corner of the panel in the right margin.

An example of the

Please note: Clicking the End Tutorial button applies to all Canvas sites. If you click on this button, the Course Setup Tutorial arrow disappears from the right margin in all of your Canvas sites.

How Do I Make the Course Setup Tutorial Visible?

If you have clicked the End Tutorial button, or if you have had an instructor role created for you in an account before July 15th, you will not see the Course Setup Tutorial arrow. You can make the Course Setup Tutorial visible by following these steps:

  1. Log into Canvas at with your PennKey username and password.
  2. Click on Account > Settings in the Global Navigation Menu (located in the upper part of the left side of every page in Canvas) to access your “User Settings” page.          An example of clicking on
  3. Scroll to the bottom of your “User Settings” page and then enable the “Course Set-up Tutorial” setting under “Feature Options” by clicking on the switch next to this setting (the switch appears as a white “X” with a gray background when it is off, and it appears as white check-mark with a green background when it is on). An example of how the

How Do I Find Help with the New Instructor Tutorials?

Please email Courseware Support at if you have any questions or need help with the new tutorial features in Canvas.