You can view a course the same way that your students view it using the Student View feature in Canvas. Enabling Student View creates a Test Student in your course. You can also activate Student View in your Course Settings.
To access Student View, click on the Student View button located on the top right of most pages.
You will know that you are in Student View because of the magenta bar at the bottom of a page. This will remain on each page as you stay in Student View.
We recommend using the Student View feature for the following:
- View course content
- Post and reply to Discussions
- Submit Assignments
- View Grades
- View People
- View Pages
- View the syllabus
- View and submit Quizzes
- View the Calendar and the Scheduler (if enabled)
Resetting vs Leaving
Student View Considerations
The table below illustrates limitations of using the Student View feature in Canvas.
Student View at Texas A&M University
|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 SpeedGrader and is automatically added to every section in your course.
|New Quizzes assessments should be previewed in New Quizzes and not taken as the test student. Test Student attempts cannot be reset and will affect analysis reports.
As a note, you are unable to use the Student View feature to preview:
- Differentiated assignments
- External third-party tools
- Peer reviews
With these features, you will see only what you, as the instructor, allow your students to see.