Canvas is discontinuing the current Rich Content Editor. The new Rich Content Editor (RCE) will be enabled across all MIT courses in Canvas on January 16, 2021.

What is the New Rich Content Editor?

The Rich Content Editor (RCE) in Canvas is the place where you type and format your text, insert images and links, embed media, and more when creating content for your your course.

The New RCE is an update to the current Canvas Rich Content Editor. It provides a condensed, more intuitive toolbar that is grouped by common icons and interactions.

Note: This update will NOT affect any existing content that you have created or posted using the RCE. This is simply an update to the tool’s user interface.

What Canvas features use the New Rich Content Editor?

The New RCE is used by the following Canvas features:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Pages
  • Quizzes
  • Syllabus

What are the key changes to the New Rich Content Editor?

  • The New Rich Content Editor spans the full width of the browser.
  • Toolbar menus now appear at the top (e.g. Edit, View, Insert, Format, Tools, Table) and are grouped by common interactions.
  • The Sidebar used to link to other content (e.g. Course content, files, images) is only visible when linking to exiting content in Canvas or previously uploaded documents, images, and other media.
  • Drag and drop functionality is now available when uploading documents, images and other media.
  • The icons for Keyboard Shortcut, Accessibility Checker, and HTML Editor now appear at the bottom of the editor next to the word count.

How do I learn more about using the New Rich Content Editor?

For step-by-step instructions, please refer to Canvas’s how-to guides for using the New Rich Content Editor:

Canvas has also created a brief video about the Rich Content Editor:


Anna Wright

Anna Wright

My role as Lead Instructional Technologist at MIT Sloan allows me to combine my passion for education, technology, and design in unique ways—always aiming to enhance teaching and learning through innovative solutions and captivating designs.