How To Get Canvas To Show Grades On Dashboard

The Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) is widely utilized by educational institutions as a tool for managing online courses. It offers a variety of features that enhance the learning experience for both teachers and students. A particularly useful feature is the option to view grades directly on the Canvas dashboard. However, the process of setting up this feature may not be immediately apparent to all users. This blog post serves as a step-by-step guide for successfully setting up grade display on the Canvas dashboard.

Step 1: Navigate to Your Dashboard

First, log in to your Canvas account and head over to your dashboard. This is typically the first screen you land on once you log in.

Step 2: Go to Your Course

On your dashboard, you’ll see all the courses you’re enrolled in. Click on the course whose grades you want to be displayed on the dashboard.

Step 3: Access Course Settings

Once you’re on your course’s page, navigate to the course settings. You can find this by looking for the “Settings” button, often located at the bottom left section of the page.

Step 4: Enable “Show Grades” Option

In the settings page, look for the “Show grades on Dashboard” option. This is usually under the “Course Details” tab. Check the box next to it to enable the feature.

Step 5: Save Changes

Finally, remember to save your changes. You can do this by clicking the “Update Course Details” button, usually found at the bottom of the settings page.

Once done, you should be able to view your grades on the Canvas dashboard. Here’s a short summary of the steps we just discussed, in code:

1. Log in to your Canvas account
2. Navigate to the Dashboard
3. Click on the desired course
4. Navigate to "Settings"
5. Under the "Course Details" tab, check "Show grades on Dashboard"
6. Click "Update Course Details" to save changes

Please note that the actual location and naming of the buttons and options might vary slightly based on your institution’s Canvas settings and the device you’re using.


Being able to view your grades on your Canvas dashboard can be a practical tool for keeping track of your academic progress. Hopefully, this guide has made it easier for you to enable this feature. Happy learning!