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Design Tools: How to use templates

When creating a new content page in Canvas, you do not have to start from scratch - you can use Cidi Lab Design Tools to select a template to work from. Using Design Tools templates also helps to make your content pages more accessible.

Navigate to the course and content page that you would like to work in

If you are already in the editing interface of your content page, skip down to Using Design Tools Templates.

  1. Access the course that you would like to work in by clicking on the Dashboard icon in the Global Navigation Menu, or by clicking on the Courses icon in the Global Navigation Menu and then click the All Courses link.
  2. Click on the desired course. 
  3. On the Course Navigtation Menu, click Pages.
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  4. If you want to work with an existing content page, select the page you would like to edit, and then press the Edit button. If you want to create a new page, select the +Page button in the upper-right side of the screen.

Using Design Tools Templates

Now you may begin using Design Tools to select a template. You can watch the video below, or use the written-out steps we have provided below it. 

  1. Click on the rocket ship icon that appears in the top-right corner of the screen. 
    Quick Tip: If you prefer using keystrokes, you can use the keyboard shortchut Alt-Shift-D to access Design Tools. 
  2. Click the Create/Edit Content dopdown item in the Design Tools menu. Then, click the Copy Existing Content item.

  3. Under Institution Template Pages you will be able to choose from seven different templates: Assignment Instructions, Discussion Instructions, Document, Module Overview, Quiz Instructions, Start Here, and Video Lecture.
  4. Once you have selected your template page, you are able to start editing text by filling in your own information. If you want to adjust the template's "theme," Click Choose a Theme on the Design Tools menu and then click on a theme to apply it to your page.

If you would like to add or rearrange the content blocks on your page simply select Create/Edit ContentAdd/Rearrange Content Blocks. Here you will be able to drag content blocks into your desired order by clicking on the left side of the content blocks. You can delete a block by pressing the red X that displays to the right, or add a new block by pressing the + Add Blocks button.

Remember to press the garnet Save button at the bottom of your content page to save all your changes! If you do not do this and you navigate away from your content page, then all your changes will be lost.

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