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Teaching Using Canvas: Canvas Online Resources by Topic

Canvas Overview and General Navigation

This video demonstrates the basics of navigating Canvas and managing your Canvas Dashboard. For more information about navigating Canvas, please reference the page linked below.

Canvas Guides: How do I use the Course Home Page as an instructor?

Canvas Overview from Instructure Canvas Community on Vimeo.

Setting Up Your Course

Modules and Pages

When building a course from scratch it is helpful to create structure to your course using modules, pages, and assignments, and more. This unit covers the processes involved in adding modules and pages (content areas) to your course.


Selected Video(s) From Canvas Guides: 

Video on Modules: Creation and Management (Instructors)

309 - Modules Overview from Instructure Canvas Community on Vimeo.

Video on Pages: Creation and Management (Instructors)

307 - Pages Overview from Instructure Canvas Community on Vimeo.


Read about these features through selected Canvas Instructor Guide Links

Useful links for Modules, Pages, and adding other content to a module:



Using the Rich Content Editor

Rich content editors are commonplace in many online applications to allow individuals the ability to create content on pages delivered through internet web browsers. Although many rich content editors are very similar the rich content editor for Canvas offers a few unique features specific to functions within the Canvas DLE. The video linked below provides insights on using the Canvas Rich Content Editor and can be helpful if you have never used this type of online editor or have limited experience with this type of tool.

What is the Rich Content Editor in Canvas?

Canvas has a simple, yet powerful, content editor that is available anytime for creating new content. The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus). Although clean and streamlined, the Rich Content Editor is sophisticated enough to support embedding any video content, math formula, and other rich media. 

Canvas Announces - New Rich Content Editor, January 2021

On January 16, 2021, Instructure turned off Canvas's classic Rich Content Editor (RCE) in-favor of a new editor, which is now the standard across Canvas globally. Campus Canvas Administrators in the University of Wisconsin System (except Madison) had been encouraged to look at their campus's schedules and choose the least disruptive time to turn this feature on in their Canvas sub-accounts. UW-Superior switched the Canvas Rich Content Editor on December 22, 2020 to the new version. The new RCE as before with the old version, is used throughout Canvas by instructors and students alike in places where you input text, add content, and edit pages, including the Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Classic Quizzes, and Syllabus tools.

UW-Superior RCE Overview Video

The video below covers the basic differences between the new and old RCE, the features of the RCE menu and tool bars, added features to the new RCE, and more.



More details on the Digital Learning Environment Release Notes Team recommends the following steps to UW System field administrators:

  1. Original New RCE release documentation
  2. New Rich Content Editor FAQ
  3. “What is the New Rich Content Editor?” KB article – includes videos and lesson information for instructors and students
  4. New Rich Content Editor Users Group

If you need assistance on this topic for your course in Canvas or deciding how to best utilize the Canvas tools available, please reach out to our Instructional Support Team via this online form. We will respond as soon as possible or schedule a consultation appointment as needed.

Read about using the Rich Content Editor - Canvas Guides for Instructors

Online instructors guide to all the "How do I" guides for instructors provided by the Canvas Community - Rich Content Editor Section  of the guide.

Note: Configured External (LTI) Tools may create additional buttons in the Rich Content Editor as shown in the image above in the screen capture image; these additions may be specific to a single course and not available in all your courses.

Continue to Part Six: Downloadable Resources