People and Groups
In Course Navigation, click the People link.
In People, students can:
- View all the users participating in the course, including the ones whose course enrollment is pending.
- Use the search bar to find a specific person.
- Use the drop-down menu to filter users by role. The filter will also display the number of users in each type of role [e.g. student, TA].
- Use the Options drop-down menu to view user groups or registered services in the course.
To search for a specific user, start to type the user's name in the search field . Possible results will be listed below .
Filter Users by Role
Use the Roles drop-down menu to view the number of users for each role type.
To learn more about a specific user in the course, click the user's name.
Clicking your own name provides access to your grades. You may also be able to view your own course analytics.
View User Details
You can view any details the user has included. You can also send a message directly to the user.
If your institution supports the Profiles feature, the page displays slightly differently. You can view the user's profile information, if any.
Report Profile Picture
If your institution supports profile pictures and the user's profile picture is inappropriate, you can report the image to your institution by clicking the Report inappropriate picture link .
If your institution supports the Profiles feature, you can report the image by hovering over the picture and clicking the Flag icon .
View User Groups
To view User Groups, click the Groups tab.
You can also access your User Groups in the Settings menu. Click the Options icon , and click the View User Groups link .
View Registered Services
To view the registered services for each person in the course, click the Options icon , and click the View Registered Services link . If a person has registered a social media account in Canvas, you can see that service listed and communicate with that person through any social media site they have registered. Learn how to connect to web services in Canvas.
In Global Navigation, click the Groups link, then view your current groups. To view all your groups, click the All Groups link.
View Current Groups
Current Groups are groups in courses that are part of the current semester or term. You can view the name of the group  and the course name for the group . If a course includes a term date , the term date displays next to the course name. Depending on access settings for a course, Current Groups can also display groups in courses that have been published but have not yet started.
Groups that are available to you display linked text . These groups are associated with current courses. To open a group, click the name of the group.
View Previous Groups
Groups listed under the Previous Groups heading are groups that are part of courses that have concluded. Students cannot view group material nor interact with the group after the course is concluded.
Note: Some institutions may not allow previous groups to display in the Courses page.
Next to the name of an available group, click the Join link.
Verify Group Sign Up
A message appears at the top of your browser verifying you signed up for the group.
Next to the name of an available group, click the Leave link.
Verify Group Removal
A message appears at the top of your browser verifying you left the group.
Click the Add Group button.
Choose Group Membership Option
Name the group by typing in the group name field .
Determine who can join the group by clicking the Joining drop-down menu .
Course Members are Free to Join
If you want anyone in the course to join your group, choose the Course members are free to join option.
Membership by Invitation Only
If you want to create a group with only specific people in your course, choose the Membership by invitation only option.
Invite users to join the group by clicking the checkbox next to each user's name. Users are listed alphabetically by last name.
Notes about invitations and group membership:
- If you set the group membership option so that anyone can join, but you choose to select only a few of the students to invite to the group, the remaining students who were not invited can see the group in the student group list and can join the student group later.
- If you set the group membership option as invitation only, students who were not invited will not be able to see the group in the student group list. If you want to add a new user to an invitation-only group at a later time, contact your instructor for assistance.
Click the Submit button to create a new group.
The new group you created will now appear in your course groups.
Edit Group Details
If you need to change the details of your group later, such as renaming the group you created, click the Edit Group  button.
To switch between groups you have created, click the Switch Groups  link.
How do I upload a file to a group?
In Group Navigation, click the Files link.
Once you click the Files navigation link, you will see where all the files are located for the group.
Choose File to Upload
Find the file you want to upload to the group. Click the Open button once to upload the file.
View Group Files
Once you upload the file you selected, it will show up in the Files section of the group navigation. This way all the group members will be able to access the file.
Click the Manage link  to edit the group name and add or remove members. Click the Visit link  to view the group dashboard.
Note: If you visit the group dashboard, you will see an Edit Group link for quick access to edit the name of the group.
You can edit the group name by . You can also manage all the users in the group and add or remove members as necessary .
Note: You cannot change the number of members in the group.
Add or Remove Group Members
You can add or remove group members by clicking the checkbox next to the name. When you are finished, click the Submit button.
View Group Changes
View the updated group information.