Convert HTML files to Content Pages

What are Content Pages?

Content pages, also referred to as “pages”, are wiki pages within your course. Within a single page you can host content relevant to your course that is not a discussion or assignment. Pages can contain any combination of text, images, videos, and links to other elements of your course such as discussions, other pages, assignments, quizzes, etc.

Some of the biggest advantages to converting your old HTML files into Canvas content pages are:

  • On-the-fly editing of the page
  • Greater flexibility when editing content
  • The ability to add media elements to your content with ease
  • Version control
  • Editing a page requires no knowledge of HTML when you use the Rich Content Editor

How Do I Convert My HTML Files Into Pages?

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Navigate to the HTML file which you would like to convert.
  3. Copy all the content on the page by doing the following:
    1. For PC users: CTRL+A to select all content, then CTRL +C to copy the content.
    2. For Mac users: Command + A to select all content, then Command + C to copy the content.
  4. Navigate to Pages to create the new content page.
  5. Click Create a New Page.
  6. Enter a title for the page.
  7. Click Create.
  8. Click anywhere in the blank text field and Paste the content you have copied by doing the following:
    1. For PC users: CTRL+V.
    2. For Mac users: Command + V.
  9. Click Save Changes.

Next, you need to add the newly-created content page to your module and remove the old HTML file.

  1. Click Modules.
  2. Naviagte to the module to which you wish to add the new content page.
  3. Click Add item to module.
  4. In the following drop-down menu, select Content Page. A list of available content pages will appear in the list.
  5. Select the page you created.
  6. Click Add Item. Notice that the new page has been added to the bottom of the list of module content.
  7. Remove the old HTML file by clicking on the X to the right of the item.
  8. Confirm the deletion by clicking OK.

Flexibility

The Rich Content Editor offers a wide array of features and options to format your content. You can easily add images, format text and tables, add links to internal and external content, and add mathematical equations. You can learn more about the Rich Content Editor here: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-1826

When uploading media via the Rich Content Editor, you have the option of uploading video files from your computer. Uploading images works in a similar fashion, you may upload images from your computer. You also have the ability add images by URL.

By default instructors can create and edit pages. However, the instructor also has the option to allow students to edit specific pages. This functionality allows students to build their own wiki.

What is Version Control?

Each time you make a change to a page, Canvas saves a copy of the page automatically. This is called version control. You can easily revert back to a previous version of a page if needed.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and trick when using pages:

  • If you don’t allow students to edit pages (use the tool as a wiki), hide the Page tool and link your pages from your homepage or within your modules.
  • Uploading videos through the Rich Content Editor won’t count against your course file size limit.
  • To embed a YouTube video, simply copy/paste the URL into the page.
  • Use the Rich Content Editor to create meaningful headings that will make your information 508 compliant and accessible to students with special needs.
  • You have the option of customizing your course homepage. If you elect to use a custom designed page, you will need to customize the Front Page. To learn more about customizing your course homepages, visit: Webcourses@UCF Course Home Page Options

Additional Resources

Feel free to browse our documentation relevant to Pages: