Get Started With Pages

Pages provide instructors (and students, if desired) the opportunity to author course content directly on the web.  The advantage of using pages, rather than uploading computer files, is that pages can be interactive, can include rich media like video and audio, and can link to other pages, assignments, discussions, and other course activities in Canvas.  Pages shift the dominant paradigm from designing content offline and uploading it to Canvas to instead developing content directly in Canvas.

Use Cases

Example 1: Weekly Page

Each week, an instructor in nursing wants to provide students with a few web links and videos that pertain to the week’s topics and would like them to review these links before class.  Because the content that the instructor would like the students to review involves rich multimedia, including videos, interactive webpages, and audio files, creating a Canvas page would likely meet the instructor’s needs.  The instructor then places the page in course modules and instructs students to review the modules each week to find the page that has materials they will need to review before the beginning of the course.

Example 2: Content Wiki

An instructor in a foreign language literature course would like each student to develop a webpage that includes rich multimedia and links to external sources for authors, poets, and musicians writing and composing at the time of the Spanish Civil War.  The instructor creates a module in which all projects will be placed and then creates a page for each student’s project, setting the editing option to “Teachers and students”.  Students are then required to not only develop their own page but to read through other page content and complete a writing assignment on the material presented on other students’ pages.

Example 3: Link-out Syllabus Pages

An instructor in biology using the Syllabus feature in Canvas wants to include the full-text of the course syllabus online but does not want to have too much information on one page.  The instructor uses Syllabus to include important, everyday information including contact information, course description and objectives, as well as a brief class outline.  Throughout the Canvas page, the instructor links out to detailed information like grading policies, resources for writing scientific papers, and week-to-week descriptions of course activities, which are each created in separate Canvas pages and linked using the rich content editor.

Example 4: Resource Pages

An theology instructor is working with a subject-specific librarian to develop a rich research resource for students who are working on their final papers for the course.  The instructor creates links to different research databases, including the libguide created by the librarian.  On the final assignment description, the instructor links to the resource page so that students have some guided direction as they begin their research papers.

For further information, see these guide from Instructure:

Additional information on pages can be found in the Pages Chapter on the Instructure website.