General Canvas Guides - https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas/ct-p/canvas
Canvas Instructor Guide - https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/tkb-p/Instructor
Canvas Instructional Designers Group Hub - https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Instructional-Designer/bg-p/id_blog
Some coding tricks for beginners - https://miracosta.instructure.com/courses/7495
Template examples - module layout exemplars - https://design.instructure.com/courses/110/pages/higher-education-%7C-template-preview-and-access
Top Tips for Using Canvas
Use the weekly topic title in the heading of every component of that week. This ensures that which ever page the student lands on they are aware of where they are. "Weekly Topic: page topic title"
When using the "next buttons" to navigate forwards and backwards between pages, Canvas will not recognise weekly blocks of content. Ensure there is an "End!" page to each topic/week that is bright and obvious. This will prevent students daydreaming on to the next topic (as will the use of weekly title in the header). See "Adding buttons" below.
Use a table on the homepage to lay out the weekly content and direct the user via hyperlinks.
Design & Navigation
The use of Google Slides and just a single slide within that can allow the tutor to create a graphical syllabus with embedded hyperlinks that open up key aspects of the course.
Hide the bottom bar by adding &rm=minimal at the end of the embed URL.
Scroll to Top
Adding the code below to a long page of content can be good for navigating the page.
Add a Straight Line
A horizontal line can be useful for organizing information and breaking up content on a Canvas page.
"Insert" on the top ribbon and "Horizontal Line", or
In HTML, add <hr />. Tip: To keep track of where it might be needed, create a long row of x's where you'd like the line to go (e.g., xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx). Then, click on 'HTML Editor' to switch to HTML view. Look for the row of x's. Highlight the row of x's, and replace them with the HTML code <hr />
Embedding Google Docs
Sample html code below for embedding a google doc taken from (my emphasis in red) https://miracosta.instructure.com/courses/7500/pages/embedded-google-doc-with-formatting
<p><iframe src="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jl-b9iH-_R4Rf1NZBHHv1wqGW4mKO5LxfaywiQ395qk/preview?pli=1" width="100%" height="600"></iframe></p>
Embedding Interactive Digital Worksheets - https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Instructional-Designer/Interactive-Digital-Worksheets/ba-p/274843
Embedding a website
How to embed a website - https://ucfsd.instructure.com/courses/17245/pages/embedding-a-webpage-in-a-canvas-page
My website is not showing as an embed - https://courses.uchicago.edu/2020/01/30/canvas-embedded-content-not-displaying/
Managing the Dashboard View
Images can be added to the card that represents each module page. Click here to see how to do this.
To copy a template for making combination images/graphics click here.
Images can be added to the card that represents each module page. If the students want to see them more clearly they can remove the coloured overlay like this
If you add a new image it will be added as the size that it is by default. When the browser window varies in size this image will then appear out of line with the text which will be moved around in a responsive way to make it easier to read.
Once the image is uploaded to Canvas, use the "Edit HTML source" button (<>) to expose the code that represents the image.
In the htmal example below, I found the URL for the image I had added and added the last phrase, width=”100%”, after the closing speech mark and before the slash/greater-than code.
<img src="https://marjon.instructure.com/courses/1086/files/124001/preview" alt="people at work" width="100%" />
I made use of tabs when building a homepage for a programme. I've posted an image of it here with the code that can be copied and pasted into your own canvas page.
Add padding to an image/icon/button
Use a template for a homepage
Tweeking the html
Embedding more visually stimulating components
MS Sway offers a relatively easy way of embedding ppt/google slides/youtube/text in a visual package that has it's own narrative.
There are two ways of creating links to other content and the choice of method depends on whether you are directing the user to another page in the same Canvas site or to an external link. Find out more here
Broken links to images when importing a course
I had some images that looked great on the homepage of one module's homepage. I tried to import the whole page to another module's page and the images showed as broken links. I think this link has the solution and it involves making sure images are inserted using the Content Selector, and that all of the items in the course (including the course files) have been copied as part of the course copy process https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Question-Forum/Broken-links-to-images-when-importing-a-course/td-p/223834