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The Course Home Page is the first view your students will see when they enter your course. For the Course Home Page, you can customize a page from your course Pages and have it display as the Course Home Page. You can also include your Syllabus in an auto-open inline preview.

Before You Start

If you want to change the Course Home Page to a custom page, you must first set the page as the Front Page. The Front Page is a designation that shows Canvas which page can be used for the Course Home Page. Use this page to show a welcome message, links, images, or other information for students. You can also include your Syllabus in an auto-open inline preview.

  • Before setting the Front Page, the page must be published.
  • Once you set a Front Page, you cannot remove the Front page. However, you can change the Front Page as much as you would like, or set another page as the Front Page. 
  • Before setting a Front page, the Pages link in Course Navigation will open to the Pages Index. However, once you have selected a Front Page, the Pages link will always open to the Front Page. To return to the Pages Index, click the View All Pages button.
  • The Pages Front Page can also be set to display recent course announcements.

Steps

The basic steps to create and designate a home page are listed here. For more details, follow the instructions in the included Canvas Community links.

  1. Create a new page. This page will be used as your course's home page. (How do I create a new page in a course?)
  2. Include your desired content in the page. 
    1. Upload and link to your Syllabus file. (How do I upload a PDF to a course?)
    2. Set the auto-open for inline preview of the syllabus. (How do I set the auto-open for inline preview for files?)
      1. Place your cursor on the file link.
      2. Click the Link icon. web link icon
      3. Click the Auto-open the inline preview for this link checkbox. Click the Update Link button.

  3. Publish and Save the page.
  4. Designate the page as your Course Front Page. (How do I set a front page in a course?)

Related Self Help Guides

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    Creating a Home Page with Auto-open Syllabus Preview — The Course Home Page is the first view your students will see when they enter your course. For the Course Home Page, you can customize a page from your course Pages and have it display as the Course Home Page. You can also include your Syllabus in an auto-open inline preview.



More Help

For questions about Canvas, contact CIT via our online service desk or email canvas@geneseo.edu. Weekdays between 8am-4pm, you can also contact us via our real-time chat portal.

For tips, tricks, and updates on learning technologies at Geneseo, visit our Educational Technology ChatTo explore Canvas Guides (created by Instructure), visit https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/guides/canvas-guide