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As I’m sure you all know, the new rich content editor (RCE) will be the default starting on June 20, 2020, as announced by Instructure.


The rich content editor is the formatting toolbar visible whenever you add or edit content in an Announcement, Assignment, Discussion, Page, Quiz, or Syllabus in Canvas.


Canvas Admins have the ability to enable it on each of our institution sub-accounts right now if we want. Additionally, faculty have the ability to enable it on any course where your institution has allowed it as an option. For my higher ed institution, we’re going to enable it as the default for all our courses at the start of the Summer 2020 semester.


That being said, we’re starting to build awareness of the new RCE to our faculty and campus community and I put together a new shareable help guide linked below. The help guide includes a list of 9 FAQs to learn how to use some common features of the new rich content editor. For each of the FAQs, there's a link to both the Instructor Guide and Student Guide followed by a short animated GIF to demonstrate what it looks like in the new RCE.


New Rich Content Editor FAQ 

Download the raw GIFs (~127 MB)


In a nutshell, here is what the current (and soon to be old) rich content editor looks like…

Old rich content editor


Here is what the new (starting in June 2020) rich content editor looks like...

New rich content editor


I really appreciate the streamlined look and functionality in the new RCE .


If you find the help guide above helpful, please feel free to share it (or rewash) at your own institution! 




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Most of us would probably agree, students don't "need" a tutorial on using Canvas. Students are following the lead of their instructor in terms of course design. However, it may not hurt to provide options for our students, especially when it comes to learning a new LMS.

That's why we've created a new Canvas student tutorial course, called Building with Canvas. Just like faculty have a training course in Growing with Canvas, this one is intended  for students.


Building with Canvas course card

What Is The Course?

This self-paced course is designed to help students learn how to use Canvas effectively in face-to-face classrooms AND within online learning environments. No prior Canvas experience is required. Students will earn four badges (using Badgr) to demonstrate their accomplishments. Badges are earned at the end of each Module.
course badge animated gif


How Can I Use It?

The course is published to the Canvas Commons to use and adopt at your institution! 
Building with Canvas - link to the course in the Canvas Commons (or just search for it in the Commons). If you need help using the Canvas Commons, check out this Canvas help guide - How do I use Commons? Alternatively, you can download the course file directly and import that into a new sandbox course in your Canvas instance.


The course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License -- that means you are welcome to share it and edit it to meed the needs of your institution.


For Canvas Admins

This course includes a Canvas admin setup guide for you to easily deploy it at your institution. Take a look at the first Page inside the Introduction Module for information about setting up the badges for the course and how to deploy it to your students. 


Our design team at Lord Fairfax Community College have spent many hours designing every aspect of this course and we really hope it will help with student adoption and improve familiarity with Canvas. 


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