Center for Teaching, Learning & Engagement

@ Glendale Community College, Glendale, Arizona, USA

Add an image to your course card in Canvas!

Canvas feature alert! In our Canvas instance, we just enabled the dashboard image feature. You can now add an image to your course’s card, and your students will see it in their dashboards.

What? Yes! Here’s a screenshot of my dashboard. I just added an image for my Boost Your Accessibility Capability course.

Canvas dashboard screenshot showing a course tile with an image assigned
A unique image can make your course stand out!

Here is the relevant Canvas Guide: How do I add an image to a course card in the Dashboard?

Here’s a tip: black and white (grayscale) images will work the best, because they work well with a transparent color overlaid on top of them. Each Canvas user can set their own color for their dashboard cards. As the instructor, you can’t control the card color your students see, so you want to make sure the image you choose works well no matter what color your students pick (or Canvas assigns).

black and white icon of an active person using a wheelchair
This is the image used in my example.

From within Canvas you can search for Flickr images with a Creative Commons public domain license and select one for your course card.

You can also make your own! The recommended dimension is 262 pixels wide by 146 pixels high. If you already know how to make your own image that size, go for it. Or stop by the CTLE and we can help you pick a tool that works for what you have in mind. We’d love to see what you come up with!

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