Once signed in you'll be taken to your Canvas Dashboard. The video below provides an overview of Canvas and the dashboard.
Using the Dashboard
The dashboard can be viewed in two modes: card view and recent activity.
The "Card View" displays a card for each of the courses for which you are actively enrolled or have favorited on your Courses Menu; past and upcoming courses can be found under Courses → All Courses. You can also use the star icons under this menu to adjust which courses appear in your dashboard. Each course card displays the name of the course and up to four icons, representing announcements, assignments, files, and discussions. These cards and names can be modified, but these changes will only be visible to you.
The "Recent Activity" view is a stream of upcoming due dates, events, assignment notifications, discussions, and other relevant items. When in the recent activity stream mode, you can access your courses under Courses → All Courses.
In both modes, the right-hand side of the screen (or if your browser resolution is smaller, along the bottom of the window) will display a side-bar that contains a list of upcoming events, and a link to the grade book.
Once you've configured your Dashboard to work and look the way you prefer, you can go into a specific course. Within your course, you have a course navigation menu, that will include links to the Syllabus, Assignments, Discussions and other tools or vendor content that has been linked within Canvas.
Certain Roles in a Course have the ability to modify and change the specific course navigation in each course. ETM recommends customizing your course navigation to make it clear to students where they should be going to locate their course content. Navigation settings may also be carried over to future terms or other courses using the Importing Course Content in Canvas functions.