What You Need to Know about the New RCE in Canvas
On January 4, 2021, Canvas will feature a new Rich Content Editor (RCE). The RCE is where you format text and embed media when creating Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Classic quizzes, and Syllabus.
The New RCE has a different look and feel, and the path to embed content is slightly different. You may notice the change but we expect you’ll be able to perform the usual functions without additional help or training.
The New RCE is different both visually and functionally. Visually, there is now a short menu bar  and a single, long toolbar  above the content field . The Accessibility Checker and HTML toggle moved to the bottom .
The New RCE is wider than its predecessor. On a narrow screen, the toolbar shifts buttons onto a sub-menu that’s reachable by clicking a vertical ellipsis.
The buttons to link to or insert Canvas content are side-by-side on the New RCE’s toolbar. The four buttons for Links, Images, Record/Upload Media, and Documents display a menu where you select a context to pull from.
When you click one of the Canvas content buttons  and choose to place content from the course  or user contexts, the Content Selector  appears on the right. For detailed information on embedding Canvas content, read Canvas: New Rich Content Editor (RCE) and Content Selector.
Embedding images that already exist in Canvas does not prompt you to add Alt Text. To add Alt Text, select the image , click Image Options , and enter Alt Text  or mark the image decorative in the tray on the right.
The new Rich Content Editor includes a Record/Upload Media button. Some cautions:
- Media recorded or uploaded using this feature does not receive auto-generated captions and there is not a workflow in the user interface for generating or editing such captions. Media uploaded and created using Kaltura receives auto-captioning and is the preferred media platform at the University.
- Uploads via Record/Upload Media count against course storage quotas, and media files can use that space quickly.
Two more buttons wrap up the changes to the RCE.
Third-party tools are accessed by selecting View All from the plug button.
No longer buried in submenus, Embed is a button on the toolbar.
The toolbar includes buttons for Embed Media from Kaltura and Google Apps. These tools get premium placement because they are the favored platforms for storing media. Kaltura and Google Apps have generous storage capacity and Kaltura auto-captions all your uploads which increases accessibility.
Clicking the Embed Media from Kaltura button displays a simplified set of choices that walk you through an abbreviated process to Upload Media and Record Webcam. These paths omit an intermediate step where you can retitle what you uploaded and add tags and collaborators. When you have time you can navigate to My Media to rename the file, and add tags, a description, and collaborators.
If you prefer the full range of capabilities at the moment of upload, select More Media Options. You’ll be dropped into the older Embed Media from Kaltura interface, where you can browse and select content from My Media, the Canvas course Media Gallery, and Media Gallery Playlists, as well as initiate any of the activities in the Add New menu.
Placing media via Add New incorporates the ability to rename a file and add tags, descriptions, and collaborators. Also available is the option to Record Using Kaltura Capture. For recordings longer than 10 minutes, Kaltura Capture is recommended among the several options for recording videos.
Click the Google button to browse and select content housed in your Google Drive.