Creating a Course Wiki

Although there is technically no "wiki" feature in Canvas, the Pages feature serves the same function. This tutorial will serve as a step-by-step guide on how to do this and show you how to:


Setting Page Permissions and Adding Content

  • Once logged into Canvas, go to your course. Click the Pages tab on the left side of the page.

Pages tab on navigation list

  • You will be redirected to the Pages page where you will see the front page. To view all of your pages and create new ones, click the View All Pages button at the top of the page. Then, to add a new page click on the + Page button.
  • Upon clicking the button, you will be taken to the editing screen for the new page. Choose a name and change the editing permissions from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page to your preference for who can edit:
    • Only Teachers
    • Teachers and Students
    • Anyone (students, teachers, and anyone else with a role in the course)
  • Notice that even if Only Teachers is selected, students can still see the page. If you would like the page to be hidden from students, unpublish the page or don't publish the new page.

Unpublish button


  • Now that editing permissions are set, you may now begin inserting content into your wiki page. Once you are satisfied with your page, click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the screen. Then click Publish if you ready to let students view the page.

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Linking Wiki Pages

A defining characteristic of a wiki is that they contain many pages which are linked to one another. To do this:

  • Make sure the page is in edit mode. If it is not, click the Edit button in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Choose a word or phrase that you would like to link to an existing wiki page and highlight it by left-clicking and dragging your cursor across it.

Linking wiki page example

  • While the text is still highlighted, go to the right side of the screen under Page Tools. In the section Insert Content into the Page, you will see a list of all of your existing wiki pages in the pages section of your course. Click on any page to link it to the highlighted text. 

Page links side bar

  • Your text will now be linked with its wiki page.

Linked text

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