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Much to my surprise several of my faculty have been Creating a Navigation Pill and not having trouble with dipping into the HTML for this purpose. This encouraged me to find another relatively simple way to spruce up the content, and using the style to enhance the appearance of tabular data is the result:


PDF: Data Table Facelift in Canvas

Video: Data Table Facelift in Canvas


Bottom line is to hop into the HTML editor, and add this to the table tag:

 class=”ic-Table ic-Table–hover-row ic-Table–striped”


Of course I also used this as a soapbox to stress not using tables for page layout, and the importance of setting headers in a data table.

Talking with a professor about migrating her content from Blackboard into Canvas, and she wanted to know how to time restrict a page within Canvas, similar to the way she had been time restricting an Item in a Blackboard content area.


However moving the information into a separate module with date restrictions was not workable. So here's what else I was able to turn up on controlling content in Canvas based on date and time.



No video for this one, because there just plain wasn't a narrative that made sense.


Turns out that having a date restricted Discussion in a module has an interesting side effect.

So, a function from the latest update of production that I'm particularly excited about, it is possible to augment the course card from being a big block of color into a color overlay on top of an image of the teacher's choice.

I'm really liking the way a simple image can draw attention to the course, all the way from the Dashboard screen.

David Gray


Posted by David Gray Jul 6, 2016

Doubtless I was the only one unaware of this totally undocumented function in Canvas, but just in case not...



Checked with the Instructure folks, and they said Undelete has been around since Canvas first started, though it is not officially supported. But... it's just SO potentially useful!


Zero technical skills required. (Well, you have to be able to type "/undelete" in the browser address bar.)

David Gray

Creating a Navigation Pill

Posted by David Gray Jun 14, 2016

I was looking for a quick and easy (read: low technical skills required) way to allow my faculty to populate Pages with a navigation menu. Something that would be somewhat graphical in appearance, but without requiring any graphic skills whatsoever.


I actually found a solution, and wanted to share:


Naturally there are lots of ways to spice up a Pill with CSS, but that quickly stops being "quick and easy."