Adding some Pizzazz to Your Canvas Course

So, are you ready to take your Canvas course to the next level and add some flair?

You don’t need to be a coder to make these changes. There are easy HTML ‘hacks’ that you can use to give your Canvas course a bit more style.

Shadow Text Box

A shadow text box like this one is a great way to add a little bit of visual emphasis.

It’s fairly easy to add the code  to your Canvas course using the HTML Editor. You can change the colours of the border and shadow by changing the background-color and solid line colour.

Check out how to do it here on Canvas.


Buttons are a way of creating interesting links within your course, rather than just using the standard hyperlink in blue text, or using a graphic. 
Buttons can be linked to sections of your course, or you may have them link to external sites.
Buttons can be red, blue, black, green, orange or grey.
Here are instructions on how to add them to your course! 

These are just two examples of how you can add pizzazz to your course.
For more ideas go to GSA’s Using Canvas for Staff course

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