- Setting up Modules
- Setting up prerequisites/requirements
- Viewing Module Progress
- Setting Modules page as course front page
- Best Practices and Tips
Course Modules allow instructors to set the structural organization of their Canvas course. Modules are set up to group together content that the instructor would like the students to view together.
Why Use Modules?
- Organize course content by week, day, unit, etc. This way, students will better understand what is expected from them and their progress in the course.
- Design prerequisite activities or content that students must complete before moving to the next course section.
- Create requirements for students to complete before moving forward to other modules.
- Assess students more frequently by tracking their progress with regular activities or reflections.
- To set up a module, click the Modules tab from the course menu on the left side of the page.
- In the upper right corner of that page next to View Progress, click the Create a Module button.
- In the window that appears, give your module a name.
- If you choose to lock module until a given date, the module will become available to students at the specified date.
- If you choose students must move through requirements, students must complete the content sequentially in the module before moving on in the course.
- Click Add Module to create the module.
- To add content, edit, or delete your module, click on the gear icon found in the top-right portion of the module. To add content to the module, click on Add Content.
- A window will pop up, prompting you to pick an already-existing item from your course. You can add assignments, quizzes, files, content pages, discussions, text headers, external URLs and external tools to your modules.
- If you would like create a new item, simply choose New Assignment (Quiz, File, whichever you are working with) and submit it.
- Click the Add Item button for every item you select to add it to your module.
- Once you have added your items, they will appear under the module you assigned them to.
- When you are finished adding items to the module, click on the publishing icon so that students will be able to see the module when it becomes available.
- Modules will become public to students when you have assigned them to as long as they have been published.
- To set up prerequisites/requirements in a module, click on the gear icon located in the top-right portion of the module. In the drop-down menu, click on Edit.
- In the Edit Module Settings window, you can add prerequisites under the Before students can view this module heading and you can add requirements under the This module is complete when heading:
- Clicking on the option students must move through requirements in this module in sequential order will force students to complete the assignments in the order you specified.
Viewing the progress of modules will allow you to evaluate the progress your students are making quickly and easily.
- Bring up the module section of canvas.
- Click on View Progress next to create module
- This will bring up a page showing each student’s name. Clicking on a student will show their progress through each module.
- To set your course's Modules page as the front page, click on the Change Home Page Layout link on your course's front page.
- In the drop-down menu, select the Course Modules/Sections option and then click Update Layout.
- Your Modules are now displayed on your course's front page.
- Creating daily, weekly, and/or monthly modules can help you stay organized with your course's activities and content as the quarter goes on.
- Designing modules where prerequisites and requirements can be helpful when you want students to understand the foundations of a concept before moving onto more advanced content.
- Indent content within modules to organize and illustrate relationships between assignments, quizzes, etc.
- Move content from one module to another by clicking and holding the up and down arrows on the left-side of each content row. You can drag-and-drop content from one module to another without having to remove and add content from multiple modules.
- Rearrange modules by clicking on the up and down arrows on the left-side of the module's name. This can help you keep the most relevant and/or up-to-date module at the top of the page and give attention to the most important and current activities.