Quick answers

Canvas Learning Activities and Content

Adding a link to a Youtube video

If you want to add a link to a Youtube video without generating a thumbnail video:

  1. Click the YouTube icon in the text editor
  2. Search for the desired video
  3. Click the down arrow next to the Embed button.
  4. Select Return Link
  5. Highlight link and select the link icon in the text editor
  6. Select the Disable Inline Previews for this Link box
  7. Click update link.
Can I delete multiple files?

Yes, you can.

Go to Files in the course menu.

To select the files you would like to delete, roll the cursor over the left hand side of the file icon until the line is highlighted blue, but the cursor remains an arrow. Click and a blue bar should appear next to the selected file. To select multiple files in a row hold down the shift key and repeat the action for the last file in your selection. To select multiple files that are not in a row, hold down the Ctrl key (PC) or the Cmd key (Mac) and select every file you wish to delete. When you’re done there should be a red bar next to every file you wish to delete. Scroll to the top of the screen and select the delete button.

Can I import templates into my course?

Yes, you can. Canvas provides to all users access to Canvas Commons, a repository of learning objects that can be imported into any course shell. To learn more about Canvas Commons read our How to: Using Canvas Commons post.

Does Google drive integrate with Canvas?

Yes, it does.  Canvas allows users to use Google Drive to create a collaboration with a Google Document, Spreadsheet, or Presentation.
To learn more about this function read our blog on Collaboration and Canvas (Google Drive, YouTube Live and Canvas Events).

Students can also select assignment files from Google Drive when uploading assignment submissions.

How can I bulk delete files?

In the files area use one of the following methods:

  • Multiple files – Ctrl click to select multiple files, then click delete
  • Multiple sequential files – Shift click top file then bottom file, then click delete
  • All in a folder – Click one file then Ctrl+A (Cmd+A on Mac)

Bulk deleting options within Files?

How do I adjust a table width in the Syllabus page?

Go to the page that contains the table you wish to adjust.

  • Click Edit
  • Click once on the table border to select it

    (click for a larger view)
  • Click the table icon in the menu bar

    (click for a larger view)
  • Select Table Properties
  • In the Width field remove any numbers and replace with 100% (including the percentage sign)
  • In the Height field remove any numbers and leave blank

    (click for a larger view)
  • Click OK
  • Click Update Syllabus
I have a crosslisted course, why is the content in the secondary course not updating?

If your course is crosslisted it means that one or more student cohorts have been enrolled in a single Canvas shell. You may also have access to the other Canvas shell but it will not update, the students do not appear listed in it and cannot see it. You don’t need to do anything further in that course shell.  Your student cohorts will appear in the active shell as different sections.

For more information about how to manage sections in your course, see Note: Using sections in Canvas

Portrait images in Canvas

When you upload Portrait images to Canvas, are they presenting as Landscape?

The problem may be the EXIF (Exchangeable image file format) data within your file.  This is a standard for storing information in image files.  It controls information about the image in the image file itself, like how an image is supposed to be rotated.

Most new iPhones or Android cameras observe the EXIF standard but older digital cameras and phones may not.  If an image does not have the EXIF data and is opened in a web document, It may not display as intended.

There is an easy solution to resolve this issue.

Before uploading your image to Canvas, open it in Photoshop or your standard image preview software on your computer.  These programs will add the EXIF data to the file automatically so you will not have to rotate the image yourself.  Save the file from this program to your desktop. When you upload the file to Canvas, it should now present as a portrait image.

What is the difference between modules and pages?

Modules and Pages are two different things. A module is an organising structure that allows you to control the flow of your course content, while a Page is the basic tool you use to present the content in your course.  One or more pages can be arranged into a module, along with other tools, to create sequenced content. For more information, visit How to: Create and Manage Modules in Canvas.

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