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Canvas New User Interface is Coming in May

A New Face for the Same Canvas

On May 18, MCCCD is planning to move to the new Canvas User Interface (UI). The new UI has been in international Canvas environments since Summer of 2015 and now will become standard for all instances of Canvas.

This updated interface (look-and-feel) for Canvas includes:

  • an enhanced user experience for the Dashboard and Global Navigation menu, and
  • a collapsed Course Navigation that allow for a more content-focused and responsive layout.

What does this change mean for me and for students?

Canvas will look different, but it will work the same. For example, menus like the Global Navigation will move to the left-side of the screen, but the feature options available in the menu will not change.

New Canvas UI Quick Reference (Print Version).
New Canvas UI Dashboard & Global Menu (Interactive Reference)
New Canvas UI Course Menu (Interactive Reference)

Preview the Changes

Faculty and staff can preview the changes in the MCCCD Canvas Test environment at We encourage you to view your courses and become familiar with the new UI.

Please note that this is a testing environment and changes made will not be reflected in the live production site.

What resources are available to assist me and students with the new User Interface?

Faculty Resources

Student Resources

Do I need to change my links to Canvas Guides?

All the Canvas Guides have already been changed to reflect the new interface. Be sure you provide links to the new Canvas User Guides.

Get a Sneak Peek in this Video Overview

Canvas New UI Overview Video