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Personalizing Your Experience

You can personalize your Canvas experience by modifying your personal settings which include your profile picture, language settings, contact information, and feature options.

Your Profile & User Settings

The Canvas Student guide offers detailed instructions on the available Profile and User Settings.


Canvas also includes a set of default notification preferences you can receive for your courses. Notifications are sent to Canvas contact methods as specified in your account.  You can adjust the Notification Preferences based on how you would like to be informed of changes in your courses. Do you want to be notified immediately of course events, daily, weekly or not at all? These notifications can come to you via email, SMS or other methods.  The notifications are divided up into six categories: Course Activities, Discussions, Communications, Scheduling, Groups, and Alerts.

The Calendar

The Calendar is a great way to help you prepare for course deadlines. You can view everything you have to do for all your courses in one place. You can view calendar events by day, week, month, or agenda list.