You might not know what it’s called, but you have used the Rich Content Editor multiple times. It’s the ribbon of tools at the top of the frame when you edit pages, discussions, assignments, etc. in Canvas.
Canvas has pushed back the date when they are enabling the New Rich Content editor for all users. That being the case, and considering everything faculty are already dealing with, we decided not to cut over to the new editor on May 26, 2020. We are looking to a late summer or early fall date.
However, you can still try out the new editor and all its features at any point. Read more below to learn about the new features and how to try it out.
The new Rich Content Editor is much more compact (only one row of tools) and eliminates the right side-bar menu:
Advantages of the New Rich Content Editor:
- one hour of auto save (no more losing your work when your browser crashes or you accidentally click Cancel instead of Save)
- more space on the screen for your work
- less scrolling when you build things like quizzes and syllabi
Where did Everything Go?
All the items currently in the menus at the right side of your screen have been split into different icons in the new Rich Content Editor:
- Course Links (A)
- Course Images (B)
- Course Media (C)
All external tools (including Panopto, YouTube, and library materials) are now in the “plug” icon at the right. (D)
The Accessibility Checker (E) and HTML/Text Editor toggle (F) is in the bottom right.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Canvas has updated tutorials for the New Rich Content Editor and they’re available 24/7 to help you.
How to Get the New Rich Content Editor
The new Rich Content Editor is available now, but it’s optional. The New Rich Content Editor will be enabled for all users in all courses starting in the fall semester 2020 (instead of previously noted as May 26, 2020).
Want a sneak peek or to take advantage of the auto-save feature? Enable the New Rich Content Editor in your course(s) by Going into Settings > Feature Options and turning on RCE Enhancements.
This post was written by Nancy McGinley Myers, Instructional Designer with the St. Thomas E-Learning and Research (STELAR) Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. To learn more about what STELAR can do for you, please visit STELAR’s website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.