Without administrative access, is there anyway to change the background color on a canvas page? I want to make my front page far more "attractive".
You can't change the background of the whole course without access to the CSS for you Canvas instance, but you can do a little bit in the HTML Editor.
The important bit to input for the background color is this:
<div style="background-color: YourColor;"></div>
You just have to put your content between the <div> tags, for example:
<div style="background-color: lightblue; color: black; padding: 20px;"><h2>Background Color</h2><p>Black font on a light blue background.</p></div>
Once it's set up you can edit as normal in the rich content editor. I added the padding tag in so that the text isn't bunched up right next to the edge of the background. Here's what the above code looks like in action:
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