Presenting Your Course Content

Uploading a File

Canvas supports a wide variety of file types. Common files including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDFs, and JPEGs can be previewed directly in the web browser. We encourage faculty to take advantage on saving files in Google Drive, Office365, or Dropbox.  Files saved here can easily be linked to and shared with students.

canvas file upload screen

How do I upload a file to my course?

All files available in your course can be accessed through the Files area of your course. 

How do I access files that I have uploaded?

Any file in your course can be inserted as a link through the rich content editor. This makes it easier for students to access relevant course materials.

file upload through rich content editor

How do I include a link to a file on a page?

Former Moodle User Tip: The same file types used in Moodle can be used in Canvas. The allowed file size has improved in Canvas!

Adding a Content Page

You can create Pages to include text, multimedia, or links to web or course resources that support and enrich your course content.

adding page to course

How do I create a content page?

Pages can be edited anytime after being created. You can decide to always allow students to edit Pages.

How do I edit a content page in my course?

Former Moodle User Tip: Instructors can configure Pages in Canvas to function like a Moodle wiki by allowing students to edit Pages.

Adding an External Link

With so much rich content on the web, you can use external links to lead students to review authentic online material that will enhance your course. As a note, any website that is not "secured" or using HTTPS may have some issues with linking. With those sites, we recommend you set the link to open in a new window or tab.

adding an external link steps

How do I add an external URL as a module item?

Former Moodle User Tip: External link is the same as a Moodle url resource.  External links can be added in both Modules or as links in a Content Page.

Ensuring Content Is Accessible to All Students

Content created in Canvas as well as content uploaded to Canvas should be accessible to all students. This includes using Alt Text to describe images and graphics, ensuring sufficient contrast between text and the background, and the use of closed captions for video. 

How do I make my files and content accessible?

How do I use the Accessibility Checker in the Rich Content Editor?

Want to learn more?

Instructional materials accessibility information

View all Canvas Guides for Files

View all Canvas Guides for Content Pages