Pages: The Tool You’ve Been Looking For

Are  you interested in making a more visually appealing Canvas site? If so, Pages is the tool you are looking for. Let’s take a quick look at Pages and then get inspired by some fantastic examples.

Pages give instructors complete control over the organization and creation of content. Each page can be edited via a Rich Text Editor and can include textual and multimedia content, links in and outside of the course site, and files.  Whereas Blackboard was item-item-item, all the time, Pages allow you to combine text, links, files, images and multimedia all within the same space.

Blackboard Items versus Canvas Pages

The Rich Content Editor, or text editor, allows you to control how your text displays on the screen. You can quickly and easily add text, images, media, links, and/or other files into the Page using the text editor and the page tools box.

Canvas Rich Content Editor

So why use Pages versus Files or Modules?

Context. Help students understand what they should focus on and what they should be learning.

From the Canvas Network Course “Introduction to Openness in Education”

Give context for content

Multimodal. Images, links, videos and readings all come together in one complete lesson.

From the Canvas Network Course “U.S. History 2”



From the Canvas Network Course “Game Design”



From a library research session I designed


As we have seen, Pages help you help your students by going to the next level with content and context. Ready to try it? Learn more about designing Pages from Instructure’s Canvas Instructor Guide on Pages and Instructure’s Canvas Instructor Guide on the Rich Content Editor, and please email us if you have any questions about Pages.

Last Updated: 24 Mar 2014

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