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Allow teachers to choose default font size

Allow teachers to choose default font size

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Please give teachers the ability to SELECT their preferred default font size in COURSE SETTINGS.

There are many reasons that a teacher might want to use a larger font size, such as 14 font, throughout his or her site:

  • younger students
  • older students
  • second language learners
  • special education students
  • students relying on cell phones

I much prefer to use a 14 size font. It's time-consuming to have to RESET THE FONT SIZE for everything I create. 

All that Canvas needs to do is to allow instructors to go into their COURSE SETTINGS and choose their preferred default font size. 

Surely, the tech folks can figure this out pretty easily. 

By the way, did you see how much more eye-catching this post is when I changed the font size? I hope that I've caught the attention of the Canvas folks!

 

21 Comments
Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team
Status changed to: Open
 
Jeff_F
Community Champion
SusanNiemeyer
Community Contributor

Hi Jeff,

Of course, there are workarounds. Yes, we can instruct our students how to enlarge the content on their screens.

One thing to keep in mind is that, because of the pandemic, many K-12 teachers and students, who would normally be in the classroom, are now online. Our goal should be to create EASY ACCESS for our most at-risk students. The population of students now using Canvas has greatly changed. 

Creating an option to change the default font size in the Course Settings should be a very SIMPLE UPGRADE. If we can choose how many Announcements to pin to the top of our Home Pages, then we should be able to change the default font size to 14.

So, Canvas Developers, can you do it? 

DrumMan
New Member

I agree!  For my elementary students, I almost always use a font size larger than the standard paragraph setting in the Rich Content Editor.  Having to select it from the dropdown menu every time I type something is very cumbersome, especially when building something like a multiple choice quiz.  I have to change the font size for every question and every answer.

Being able to set my preferred font size, or at least having a keyboard shortcut to be able to increase or decrease font size would save me so much time when creating content for my students.

Please consider providing an option to set a preferred font size or a keyboard shortcut to be able to more quickly change it. 

Batgrl787
New Member

Is it possible to re-set the font default to a larger font?

Currently, it's set to 12 pt. However, readability for online text is actually 16 pt.  I change the font each time, but it would be nice to be able to reset my default font to 14 or 16 to save an extra step in editing.

nekuma
New Member

Might it be possible to have the option of setting default font size for all our courses (or each of our courses individually). This would eliminate the tedious task of adjusting the font each time a page is created when font size (or styles) are required.

SusanNiemeyer
Community Contributor

Thanks, Stefanie, for merging this. The question I have is whether a programmer can simply give us the option of choosing our preferred default font size.

Would this be so difficult to do?

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

That's a great question, @SusanNiemeyer . Requests made in Idea Conversations are prioritized by our developers according to broadly identified needs rather than the relative ease or difficulty of accomplishing them. When the various sources from which we derive feedback (described in detail in What is the feature development process for Instructure products?) identify a request as desired new functionality, the product team, in combination with engineers, will embark upon the discovery and design process.

SusanNiemeyer
Community Contributor

Stefanie,

Giving instructors an option of a larger font size (14 pt) would be both easy for the programmers to do and a helpful and welcome change for many instructors.

I teach ESL at a community college. Many of my students:

  • are native speakers of languages such as Armenian, Bangla, Russian, and Korean. 
  • are older students. (It is common for me to have students in their 60s and 70s.)
  • have various disabilities.

I intentionally use a 14 font size because it is more "accessible" to my students. I am doing my very best to work Universal Design principles into my Canvas courses.

Canvas could save me a lot of time and effort by providing an option to set the default size of my courses to 14 pt. 

Thanks again.

GregoryBeyrer
Community Coach
Community Coach

This is an excellent idea, @SusanNiemeyer! For all of our students and colleagues who prefer larger font sizes, this could be something that is a user preference akin to the high-contrast UI option that each of us has on the Account menu. After all, that is a way that Canvas allows each user to decide to apply a specific effect.

And thank you @Jeff_F for including those links to customizing browser settings! It will be great when our students can change those within Canvas and have them apply across browsers (especially if they are using a computer in a campus computer lab and do not have the privileges required to make those changes).

SusanNiemeyer
Community Contributor

Thanks, Gregory, for reading and commenting on my post. I really appreciate it.

For my class, it would be much better for me to be able to use a default font size for my Canvas courses. For a 15-week course taught via Zoom and Canvas, I spend a sizeable amount of class time for the first three weeks explaining to my ESL students how to navigate Canvas and submit work.

The students who would most benefit from a larger font size are the ones least likely to figure out how to customize their individual browser settings. 

Jeff_F
Community Champion

Hopefully computerized classroom settings permit pressing the Ctrl key while using the mouse scroll.

😁

Vitalii
New Member

Thank you @SusanNiemeyer for this request. We have absolutely the same situation and our teachers are changing the font to 14pt all the time. I was asked multiple times to make the default font 14pt and to add 16pt font size as a font size option. But it seems like I cannot do anything to it from "outside".

dlyons
Instructure
Instructure

Hello all!

Before I add additional comments I want to shout out @Jeff_F's very helpful post about how to zoom. Thanks, Jeff!

Now to add a little more detail; the reason zoom is preferable is because of relative sizing. Headers and paragraphs, for example, convey their relationship through relative sizing, spacing, and positioning. If paragraph text is changed without also changing the relative sizes of other text like headers this can reduce readability. Additionally, increasing the paragraph text size wouldn't do anything for the application text itself (e.g. buttons and menus), whereas zoom increases/decreases everything in scale.

For those of you with student bodies that you do not believe can manage zoom settings (or local device resolution settings) for themselves, I encourage you to talk to your Canvas admin about using CSS in your global theme to make global changes.

Vitalii
New Member

Thank you @dlyons, the point about zooming is worth mentioning and "increasing the paragraph text size wouldn't do anything for the application text itself" — it's the truth, too.

But I believe people should still have the opportunity to choose themselves! I mean teachers, who works for years in the online field. Indeed, every person has their own point of view. And we (as clients) cannot force you to do anything.

But it's an important request which we all are hoping to have satisfied asap. Our organisation needs to have the default font size of 14pt and to have added 16pt font size as a font size option (from drop-down selector).

If we have a checkbox somewhere in admin settings for setting up defaults for TinyMCE RTE (the pages textbox editor) it would save a lot of us I believe.


SusanNiemeyer
Community Contributor

@Vitalii 

If your instructors can work with the HTML code, it is possible for them to put text in 16 font size. 

18 font size

16 font size

14 font size

That's a lot of extra work, though. The option of 16 font size should be added to RCE. I really don't understand the need to include a 10 font size or especially an 8 font size in the RCE.

10 font size

8 font size

I can't imagine anyone using an 8 point font size. It could be replaced with the 16 font size. 

Vitalii
New Member

 

Hm... 8 font sizes can be used for disclaimers 🙂
clpage1
New Member

I work with visually impaired students. One feature I like is that I can adjust font sizes to make items in assignments and quizzes easier for them to read without having to enlarge their entire screen. I wish there were a "global" setting I could use in my courses to automatically default to larger font sizes within the entire course. Also, when student respond, they have to go hunting for larger font sizes to type. This is an extra step that makes thing harder for them. If a global course font size setting were activated, they could respond more easily.

michelle_cowans
New Member

It would be good if admins had the ability to change the default font size for courses for accessibility. Will Canvas be implementing a feature like this any time? 

sammi_venegas
Community Member

I would also like the ability to set certain feature on Canvas, such as the quizzes to have a default size 14. I also teach students with limited English, IEP, and 504 plans. Changing font size might now sound like a big deal, but it is time consuming to constantly change the font size for every questions or text we write.

 

CANVAS PLEASE ADD THIS FEATURE.