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Helpful Hints for Gen3 Online Course Template

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  • Use CTRL + Z or CMD + Z to immediately reverse unwanted changes.
  • Be careful when you use the 'Delete' or 'Backspace' key when editing course pages. Aggressive selecting and deleting, or hitting backspace too many times, could inadvertently delete layout elements. This will break the page layout.
  • Do you want to recover a page, assignment, or file you accidentally deleted? In many instances, you can! Read the Canvas instructions on the undelete function to learn more.
  • Dividing content into modules (as opposed to weeks) makes it easier to rearrange course content if you have to teach the class another semester (or on an alternative schedule).
  • Do you regret a page change and want to go back in time? You can do that. Revert changes to a Canvas page using the page history restore feature.
  • Do you want to start a page from scratch? You can restore a Canvas page to its original template using the page history restore feature described above or you can copy the HTML from the templates provided in the ‘Course Templates’ module in the Modules of the course. Follow the steps below to copy the template:
    • Navigate to the template in the Modules area.
    • Click Edit in the upper-right corner to open the edit view for the template page.
    • Click the "HTML Editor" link above the rich text editor. This will pull up the page HTML code.
    • Select all the code and hit CMD + C or CTRL + C on your keyboard to copy the code.
    • Click the Cancel button below the rich text editor to exit the template page.
    • Navigate to the page to which you want to apply the template.
    • Click Edit in the upper-right corner to open the edit view for the template page.
    • Click the "HTML Editor" link above the rich text editor. This will pull up the page HTML code.
    • Hit CMD + V or CTRL + V on your keyboard to copy the HTML code from the template into this page.
    • Make sure to update any Navigational links used in the templates copied. We recommend duplicating the pages or assessments in the specific module you want to create content while in the Canvas Modules area, as directed by the Assessment Instructions; this helps ensure you are duplicating module-specific pages with correct navigational links and module references and already made.
    • Click the Save button beneath the rich text editor (HTML editor) to save your changes.
  • Be careful when you copy and paste from Word documents. Copying and pasting content into course pages from Word documents can sometimes cause layout issues because of "formatting gremlins." This can happen in pages with the course layout or in pages that are completely blank. If problems crop up when you copy and paste, you may want to convert your Word document to a plain text file, from which you will copy from directly into Canvas.
  • Be careful when you copy and paste between Canvas pages: It is easy to make formatting errors when you copy content from one page by selecting the visual content with your cursor, hitting copy and then pasting it into a new page. It is often okay to copy content within the rich content editor but sometimes it's safer to copy the HTML code itself using the built-in HTML code editor.
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