Viewing assignments and materials for your student
On the global navigation on the left (the vertical red bar), click Courses and choose All Courses. Here you will see a list of all courses associated with all children you are a Parent Observer of.
If you click on Dashboard in the global navigation, you will see “cards” for each course your student is enrolled in. If you are an observer for multiple students, you will see all cards for all students in this one place. To view information about a course, simply click on the card associated with that course.
By default, all courses appear in the dashboard. You can control which courses appear in the dashboard. In the global navigation, select Courses, then All Courses. Before each course name is a star. Click on the star to mark a course as a “favorite”. If any course is selected as a favorite, only those courses will appear in the dashboard. If no courses are selected as a favorite, then all courses will appear in the dashboard.
NOTE: If you have more than one student you are a Parent Observer for, the dashboard can become overwhelming and hard to navigate.
Here are some tips to help you make the dashboard more manageable. To make any of the changes suggested below, click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of a course card and choose the options you wish.
1. Create a nickname for each course
You can change the nickname for each course on the dashboard. For instance, you can rename a course so the student name appears first, then the teacher name. Ex.) Jackie – Int. Math 1.
2. Change the order that the courses appear in your dashboard
By default, Canvas will alphabetize courses on the dashboard by the nickname. You can rearrange the courses into any order you wish.
3. Change the color of the course card in the dashboard
Canvas can add a color overlay, or shading, to a course card. It can be helpful to shade all cards so each student has their own color.
Viewing your student’s grades
From the dashboard, you can click on the View Grades button on the right side. From here, you will see grades from all courses, and for all your students (if you are linked to more than one). Do keep in mind that these are constantly changing daily grades, official grade reports will still be available through Aeries.
Communicating with your student’s teachers
On the global navigation, click on Inbox. This is set up similar to an email inbox. Canvas can send messages to the email address linked to your Canvas account. To help regulate the amount of email you receive from Canvas, you can change your Notifications. Click on Account in the global navigation on the left. Then select Notifications.