Canvas, What is DesignPLUS?

This article provides a quick introduction to the tools available in DesignPLUS/Design Tools in Canvas.


DesignPLUS is a suite of tools available to help instructors rapidly build and style course sites and content within Canvas. DesignPLUS is composed of 3 tools: the Design Tools Sidebar (Rich Content Editor tools), the Multi-Tool, and the Upload/Embed Images Tool. The "What Can DesignPLUS Do For You?" video below provides a brief overview of these tools:

Design Tools Sidebar

Using Design Tools, you can easily customize the content of pages, assignments, the course syllabus, discussion descriptions, and Classic Quiz descriptions in Canvas. The following list describes some of the things you can do to customize your content with the Design Tools Sidebar:

  • Style content with predefined themes
  • Insert boilerplate sections and content
  • Duplicate existing content pages
  • Style images, links, tables, and lists in the RCE
  • Check heading, image, and link accessibility
  • Adjust element colors, borders, margins, and padding
  • Add icons
  • Write objectives and other content supported by Bloom's Revised Taxonomy
  • Add accordions and tabbed content


The Multi-Tool helps you set up a course shell quickly and efficiently. The Multi-Tool consists of 3 tools: (1) a template page creator, (2) a module builder, and (3) a due date modifier. The following list describes some of the things you can do with the Multi-Tool:

  • Quickly create a Homepage, publish it, and mark it as the Front Page
  • Create template assignments, discussions, pages, and quizzes to provide consistent structure
  • Create new modules or add to existing modules
  • Update assignment due dates, unlock dates, and lock dates - all from the same screen

Upload/Embed Image Tool

The Upload/Embed Image Tool will help you easily and quickly upload and embed images for use in your course. This tool will also help you do the following:

  • Search for and access free, high quality images from Unsplash and Pexels
  • Edit images by cropping, flipping, or rotating the image
  • Edit the size of images based on appropriate predetermined ratios
  • Rename the file in your Course Files and add alt text

Keywords:canvas, designplus, cidi labs, design tools, multi-tool   Doc ID:121036
Owner:Rachel M.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2022-09-02 09:29 CDTUpdated:2022-09-06 15:36 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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