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egeiserhogan1
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Course Designer Questions

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I am a newly hired course designer for a K-12 school district and I have 4 questions:

1) Most of the hyperlinks I add to text and images open in new windows automatically, but some do not. Is there a way to ensure the link will always open for students in a new window?

2) Is there a way to force students to work on the lessons in order. Basically blocking student access to additional lessons without unpublishing them---because all students work at different paces.

3) When I look under Modules lessons are in chronological order, but when I open the Assignments tab the lessons are in a different order. Can anyone explain this?

4) I need assistance with text wrapping in the editing mode. I tried copy/pasting the work over from Word, but that does not work. All the text moves to the bottom of the image when I paste it into the editing screen.

Thanks so much!!

EGH

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abunag
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1 - you may need to edit the HTML of the URLs that don't automatically pop to a new tab.  Usually this happens to me when I'm copying someone else's HTML, or if the URL's are referencing other pages in Canvas.  Use this HTML syntax: <a target="_blank" href="http://your_url_here.html">Link</a>

2 - Use modules, then use pre-reqs:  How do I require students to move through each module item in order?

3 - The assignment tab organizes by group, then by order created.  Same with Modules.  Either way, use the little black dots on the left end of each item to drag-and-drop into whatever order you want.

4 - This will likely need to be done using the HTML code.  Try using the "align" HTML tag using the following syntax:

<img src="rainbow.gif" align="left">

You can also align right.  Search for "HTML image wrap" and you'll get a bunch of other snippets you may find useful.

Hopefully this helps!

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abunag
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1 - you may need to edit the HTML of the URLs that don't automatically pop to a new tab.  Usually this happens to me when I'm copying someone else's HTML, or if the URL's are referencing other pages in Canvas.  Use this HTML syntax: <a target="_blank" href="http://your_url_here.html">Link</a>

2 - Use modules, then use pre-reqs:  How do I require students to move through each module item in order?

3 - The assignment tab organizes by group, then by order created.  Same with Modules.  Either way, use the little black dots on the left end of each item to drag-and-drop into whatever order you want.

4 - This will likely need to be done using the HTML code.  Try using the "align" HTML tag using the following syntax:

<img src="rainbow.gif" align="left">

You can also align right.  Search for "HTML image wrap" and you'll get a bunch of other snippets you may find useful.

Hopefully this helps!

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Hi Anthony-

Thanks for the prompt response and helpful tips!

EGH

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

Welcome to Canvas,  @egeiserhogan1 ​!

 @abunag ​ has given you some great advice.

A nifty shortcut for setting the target for a hyperlink is to go into the Edit mode, click on the hyperlink, and press CTRL-K on your keyboard (CMD-K on a Mac). A window will pop up that lets you set parameters for the link.

More guidance about image wrap can be found in How to wrap text around an image using the Rich Content Editor​. That resource, and many others like it, can be found in the Instructional Designers​ group, so if you're not yet a member of that group, click on the link and select Join Group from the Actions menu at the upper right of the home page screen to join.

Hi Stefanie-

Thanks for all the helpful info. When I go to the instructional Designers page and click on a link to join the group (any link) it shows html and I am not able to move forward in joining the group. Please advise. Thanks!

EGH

Hi Stefanie-

Can you please provide further guidance to the following:

A nifty shortcut for setting the target for a hyperlink is to go into the Edit mode, click on the hyperlink, and press CTRL-K on your keyboard (CMD-K on a Mac). A window will pop up that lets you set parameters for the link.

I am not sure how to "set parameters for the link" in order to make this hyperlink open in a new webpage. Thanks!

EGH

 @egeiserhogan1 ​, select New Window in the Target dropdown of the dialog box. This will force the link to open in a new window, or tab if the user is using a tabbed browser.

I don't know why the Join Group function isn't working for you. This is what I'm seeing:

join-group-dropdown.png