30 Sep
2016

Watch this video on how to make an inviting University of Kentucky branded webpage in Canvas (using the Commons):

 

These are the steps that I take in the video:

IMPORT

– Click on Commons in Canvas
– Search for Jason Johnston (or University of Kentucky)

– OR follow this link https://lor.instructure.com/resources/7ee89d334ffa49c18e76ee7914b7f412
– Click your course(s) and “Import to Course” (you must be a teacher/designer not just admin)

MODIFY

– Change the images using the Rich Text Editor (transparent PNG for header works best – find generic UK or from your own college)
– Change the text in the HTML editor
– Remove sections in the HTML editor or RTE
– Improve upon by adding navigation buttons or better student tips
– Don’t forget to change the title!

TEST & PUBLISH & SET

– Test in at least 2 browsers, and on a mobile device if you can
– Publish
– Set “use as front page” from “Pages” tab

SHARE

– Use the Gear and select Share to Commons to allow for importing
– Tell others how to find it and use it themselves!
– Tell others about your new Welcome page

Other Resource Links

Making buttons from the Canvas style guide
https://canvas.instructure.com/styleguide#buttons

Stephanie Sanders’ Creating an inviting Home Page
https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/designers/blog/2015/04/16/creating-an-inviting-course-home-page

Susan Nugent’s excellent and update post on HTML and the Rich Content Editor:
https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/designers/blog/2015/05/04/rich-content-editor-html-cheatsheet

Jason Johnston

jasonpauljohnston@uky.edu