Creating a Canvas Profile

Overview

Filing out a Canvas profile is optional, but it is a good way to share information about yourself with anyone enrolled in a Canvas course with you.

This Guide explains how to:

  • Decide what to include in a Canvas Profile
  • Edit a Canvas Profile

Important Notes:

  • Any Canvas user who’s in the same Canvas site as you can see your profile if they click on your name whenever they see it.

 

Why Would I Want a Canvas Profile?

Setting up a Canvas profile lets you share personal information with other users in your Canvas courses.

All Canvas users have profiles, but not all users choose to add information to them. Filling out a Canvas profile is optional, so you can leave yours blank if you want.

If you are a student who decides to add information to your Canvas profile, then you should consider the type of persona you wish to convey and carefully choose the information you will share. Please note that your instructors and TAs can see your profile, so it’s a best practice to use discretion and present yourself well. The University of Pennsylvania’s Career Services’ Developing Your Personal Brand Online has advice on how to cultivate a professional online presence that you can consult.

What Type of Information Can I Share in My Canvas Profile?

  • Profile Picture: Upload a picture, take a picture, or use Gravatar
  • Bio: Share information about yourself and  your academic interests
  • Contact Methods: Ways people can contact you outside Canvas
  • Links: Hyperlinks to web content you’ve created or that’s connect to you in some way (e.g., you blog)

Example of a Canvas Profile

How Do I Edit My Canvas Profile?

You can edit Your Canvas profile by following these instructions: