Canvas Course Design Content types

Building Content in Pages

Why Use Pages?

You can link to a page from anywhere in Canvas that has a rich content editor. 

Here are some suggestions for using Pages:

  • Create a page for each class meeting or week. Within that page, include links to readings, assignments, and external content.
  • Embed audio and video files. These could be videos from YouTube or TED. You can also link to Relay recordings of you lecturing or demonstrating something.
  • Create a page with instructions and resources for an Assignment.

Add a Page to Module

To add a page to a module:

  1. Select + icon to the right of the module.
  2. From the Module Options, select Add Content.
  3. From the Add Item window, select Content Page from the Add Dropdown list.
  4. Select the Page you wish to add from the Files List.
    Note: If the page has not yet been updated, select the [New Page]option.
  5. If you wish to offset the page in the Module listing, select an Indentation option.
  6. Select Add Item when finished.

Remember, one way to make modules shorter is to link to pages that contain narrative and content instead of creating a long list of files by adding them directly to the module.

Add Pages to Other Tools

To add Pages to a page or other tools:

  1. Click on the Links tab that appears in the Sidebar.
  2. Select Pages.
  3. Select the Page you wish to add.
    Note: If you’d like to create a hyperlink from a word within the page, highlight the word before clicking on the File.
  4. The page you selected will automatically be added to the text area.
  5. Click Save Changes when you are finished editing the page.

Pages Tutorials

Canvas Course Design

Add Content

Once you have reviewed Step 2: Site Design and have an idea of the design model(s) you will use, it is time to build the course. The content within Step 3 covers the following topics:

For the purpose of efficiency and thoroughness, it is recommended that you review each topic and complete these tasks in Canvas in order beginning with Add Files. One step builds on the other. For example, it helps to have Files in Canvas before you begin to build Pages.

Note: It is also possible to map out your course within Modules using “placeholders” to create an outline of what each module should cover. This is not recommended because of it is very easy to forget to update the “placeholders” with the final content.

Course building steps

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