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The People page in Canvas displays who is enrolled in your course., filter by role, and other options. You can also access details about the people or users in your course using the People page.

In People, instructors can:

  1. View all the users participating in the course, including the ones whose course enrollment is pending.

  2. Use the search bar to find a specific person.

  3. 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].

  4. View user groups in the course.

  5. View prior enrollments in the course.

  6. View registered services for course users.

  7. Manage users in the course by hovering over a user's name.

  8. View last activity for each user in the course. This allows you to see how often students interact with the course.

  9. View total activity for each user in the course. This allows you to see how long students interact within a course and is associated with page views. Total activity requires a two-minute page view minimum for performance. Note: This does not capture page views for videos that do not include intermediate page requests, such as a half-hour recorded lecture.

  10. View group tabs. All users in the course will be displayed in the Everyone tab. Any existing user groups will be listed as additional tabs for easy access to the group information. If you do not have any user groups in your course, Canvas will display a Groups tab that will take you to the student groups creation page.

  11. Add a new group set.

In People, students can only view users [1], use the search bar [2], use the drop-down menu [3], view user groups [6], and view registered services for course users [8].

Step-by-step instructions on how to use the People page:


The Roll Call tool allows you to quickly and easily record attendance with a list of students and a drag-and-drop seating chart.

Your Canvas administrator should set up Roll Call before you can use it. If you don't have access to Roll Call, contact your administrator.

For more information about Attendance (Roll Call) , please visit

Profile and User Settings

Update your Profile at the beginning of the semester! You can also review and change it at any time.

  • Click on your name at the top right corner to edit your global Canvas profile.

  • Customize your contact information. Go to Settings → Ways to Contact to enter custom emails, phone numbers for text updates, or even Facebook accounts! All of your courses will make use of these settings.

  • Set up your notification preferences. Go to Settings → Notifications to customize the frequency of updates you’ll receive to each of the above channels. These settings will be applied across all of your courses.

For more information about Profile and User Settings, please visit

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