Canvas has a new Rich Content Editor. The same tools are still available, the toolbar has been re-designed to include grouped menus, allowing you to quickly gain access to the tools you need the most.
There's also a text based menu, so you can choose whether to use icons in the toolbar, or the file menu to update your content.
Rich Content Editor Toolbar Sub Menus
The configuration of the editor has been changed slightly so that activities are now grouped together into sub menus. For example, previously bullet points and numbered lists were divided up into two icons, these now appear alongside additional options under the ‘ordered list’ grouping, allowing you to select the type of list from the submenu, in the toolbar:
To add documents, you need to click on the documents icon in the toolbar, click the drop down arrow for more options, including the option to Upload a Document, View Existing Course Documents, or access your personal user documents in Canvas.
Selecting any of these options opens up a panel that allows you to browse and search for documents.
New Text Based Menu
The workflows around the new icons in the Rich Content Editor (RCE) are intended to be intuitive, but, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, this new text-based menu is helpful. It lists all the tools that are available in the toolbar, but in a more structured, Word-style menu.
You may not have noticed them in the old RCE, because they were the last option in the toolbar, but Headings have now moved to the top. Using the headings structure in your text makes the content more accessible to students. Ensure you use the Heading levels to represent titles and nested elements in your content.
Tip: Avoid using particular fonts or text decoration as this can make it difficult for students to read text. Use the default heading structure to increase and decrease the size of your text.
Accessibility and HTML
The accessibility option has now moved further down the page, beneath the editing space. A new option also includes keyboard shortcuts, providing a list of activities and their keyboard equivalents.
Please consult the LJMU Digital accessibility staff and student guide for further help with digital accessibility
External tools are no longer displayed in the toolbar, but are now available in the ‘Apps’ group. Click on the ‘Apps’ icon to see options for adding content from:
- Canvas Commons
- Microsoft Office 365
You can now use the link icon to provide quick links to URLs outside of Canvas as well as other sections of your course. Similar to adding documents, see above, you can now search links within the course, so that they can be re-used across the site with ease.
There are now additional, alternative options for adding media to your course. You can add content from your course files space, or even from your own User space in Canvas:
The HTML editor is also now incorporated into the toolbar:
Expanding and Minimising your View
You can now expand the editor to full width of your screen. You’ll find this option alongside the accessibility tools, beneath the editor. Once in full screen mode, you can press ESC on your keyboard to exit, or use the text-based menu and select ‘view/full-screen’ to exit.
You can also use the status bar icon to increase the editing space without going into full screen mode: