Canvas Tools

Use the Calendar in Canvas

Last updated on October 19, 2021

The Calendar feature in Canvas is a great way to view meetings, events, and assignments for every class, all at once. It also allows you to easily move, edit, or add events and assignments from a central location.


  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Click Calendar on the global navigation bar to the left.

Change Views in Calendar

Within the Calendar, you can change what classes you see, what dates you see, and the format in which they appear. 

  1. Click on Week, Month, or Agenda to show a different view of the calendar.
    • Week: Shows 7 days.
    • Month: Shows the month.
    • Agenda: Shows events in a list by day.
  2. Click the Forward or Back Arrow in the upper left to view previous or upcoming dates in week or month view.
  3. Click the Box Next to a Course Name under Calendars to hide or show that course’s calendar.

Add an Event or Assignment in Calendar

Within the Calendar, you can quickly add an event or assignment to your personal calendar or to a course calendar.

  1. Click  the + Icon in the upper right. The Edit Event window opens.
  2. Select one of the following Tabs to add an event or assignment (For assignment groups, refer to the tutorial “Use Appointment Groups to Host Virtual Office Hours.”)
    1. Event 
      1. Type the name of the event or meeting into the Title Box.
      2. Select the correct Date and Time.
      3. Type the location of the event or meeting into the Location Box.
      4. Assign the event to the appropriate calendar from the Drop-Down Menu.
      5. Click Submit.
    2. Assignment
      1. Type the Name of the Assignment into the title box.
      2. Select the Correct Date and Time in the due box. 
      3. Assign the Assignment to the appropriate calendar from the drop-down menu.
      4. Click the Switch Next to Publish to publish the assignment.
      5. Click Submit.
        • Note: By default, assignments created within the Calendar do not appear in the Modules on your course page. Please return to the Course page to add the assignments to the Module.

Edit an Event or Assignment in Calendar

Within the Calendar, you can make quick edits to assignments or events that appear on your calendar. These edits will be reflected in the Calendar and Assignments the students see as well.

  1. Click on the Event or Assignment within the calendar.
  2. Click Edit. The Edit Event window appears.
  3. Modify the Title, Due Date and Time, or Group, as desired.
    • Note: Click More Options to view the assignment creation page within the course. Refer to the “Create an Assignment” tutorial for more information.
  4. Click Submit.