You can use the Canvas Icon Maker to create icons and buttons in Canvas that link to other content, such as a Module or Page. These icons are more accessible than any images of text you may have used in the past, because they are in SVG format. SVG files do not get blurry when we zoom in or use Canvas on a phone.
Start by opening the Rich Content Editor (RCE) and then select the Icon Maker
Enter a name for your icon and provide alt text: the alt text should be the same as the text you’re planning to use in your icon
Canvas have just released a useful new feature called Direct Share. This allows users with teacher permissions to copy items between canvas courses, and share content items with other teachers. Pages, assignments, quizzes and discussions can all be copied or shared from the pop-up options menu shown below.
You can copy items to any course you are an instructor on. This will include any assets such as files or images. When copying you will be prompted to choose the destination course, and a module within where the item will be placed.
You can share items with other teachers within GSA. Again, this will include any assets such as files or images. Once the content has been sent, the recipient will receive a notification as shown below. It can then be viewed and imported into any of the recipient’s courses.
For a step by step guide to using this new feature with individual pages please see the official Canvas documentation below:
If you need some stock images to liven up your Canvas course, you can try using www.pexels.com. The site is very quick and easy to search for and download images, with no sign-in required. All images are free to use, subject to its very generous licence (more info here.) The site operates on a ‘suggested donation’ model, encouraging you to make an optional donation to the artist before you download their image.
To insert your image into your Canvas page, choose the ‘Embed image’ option shown below, you will then be given the option to upload the image to your Canvas folder.
Please remember to fill in the ‘alternative text’ option when inserting images. This provides screen readers with a description of the image, and helps increase the accessibility of your pages.
Here is a quick guide to embedding Planet eStream content into your Canvas course. For more details of how to create screen recordings please visit this guide on creating screencasts. To embed Planet eStream content into a Canvas page follow the simple process detailed below.
In Planet eStream, select the content you would like to embed
In the video’s ‘Details’ area, select ‘Share’ then ‘Share by embedding’
Copy the embed code supplied
Switch to your Canvas page , and select ‘Insert/Embed Media’ from the toolbar
We all need to recover data at some point – a previous version of a file or a deleted course page we need to use again. The two methods detailed below will help you recover your lost data.
1. Recover previous versions of a page:
You can recover previous versions of a page in Canvas by accessing the Revision History for that page. To do this, click the options icon in the top right of the page you want to recover (the three vertical dots) to access the page options. From here select ‘View Page history’ to access your previous versions. 😀
2. Recover a deleted page:
Canvas has a hidden feature called ‘undelete’ to recover deleted content from your courses. To access the feature simply add /undelete to the url of your course in your browser’s address bar. For example if your course url is
your new url would be
From here you can restore any previously deleted content! 😀
If you need any further help recovering lost data you can visit the Learning Technology office in the Library or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Digital Education Unit at University of Glasgow has gathered 12 apps that they think may be useful in teaching and learning for online and distance education.
Starting on the 9th of December 2019 they will reveal one app per day for 12 consecutive working days. They have added some festive cheer by creating a different short Christmas themed game for each day which you will need to complete before the app for that day is revealed. Each game should only take around 5 minutes to play.
If you prefer not to play the game don’t worry, you’ll be able to still see the app for the day.
As a GSA student or staff member, you have free access to all the contents on Linkedin Learning.
This online platform offers video tutorials and short courses on many topics which are beneficial for your studies and beyond.
Some of the most popular Linkedin Learning courses are on software applications useful to designers, architects and artists including the Adobe CC suite, Revit, ZBrush and Rhino, as well as most of the other software available on GSA Library computers.
Linkedin Learning can be accessed both on and off campus.
Introduction to the new Intranet for all interested Staff – Vivienne Vine
10:00 – 11:00
Canvas Rollover Workshop
2:00 – 3:30 All interested Staff – overview of Planet eStream training with the Planet eStream Trainer – using the media library, managing recordings, making quizzes
2:00 – 3:30 Capturing creative dialogues: Extending learning with audio feedback in Canvas*
(led by Mark Charters) Library Quiet Study Space
3:30 – 4:30
Canvas Rollover Workshop
3:30 – 4:15 Lecture Capture at GSA using the Planet eStream encoder
Library Quiet Study Space FULL
3:00 – 4:00 Canvas Rollover Workshop
*Creative dialogue is a key feature of studio learning in the creative arts. But how can we capture and extend this dialogue to support our students in their creative learning? Audio feedback provides an innovative vehicle to do just that. This workshop session will introduce audio feedback in the contexts of creative dialogue and support you to consider and apply audio feedback within your teaching practice.