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Modules are the main organizational unit in Canvas. They are the building blocks of your course. Modules are often split up by week, unit, or topic, and they contain all of the Pages, Discussions, Assignments, Quizzes, Files, and other resources you would like students to access during the course.




As an instructor, you may find it useful to populate your course with all necessary materials and create modules prior to beginning the course. This will allow for a more streamlined course and less work for you later on, but it also has the potential to allow students to work ahead, or out of order. To remedy this, you may want to add prerequisites and requirements that students must meet before moving from one module to the next. For example, you could set requirements that students must view a reading and respond to a discussion in Module 1. Then you could set a prerequisite in Module 2 so that it only unlocks after those two requirements have been fulfilled.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules from the course navigation menu on the left side.
    • Note: If you are adding prerequisites or requirements to an existing module, skip to step 9.
  6. Click the +Module button on the upper-right side. 
  7. Type a Title your new module.
  8. Click Add Module. 
    • Note: The module must be populated with items (pages, quizzes, discussions) in order for you to be able to add requirements for completion. For more information, see “Add Content to Modules” tutorial. 
  9. Click the Options icon (3 vertical dots) next to your module.
  10. Click Edit.
  11. (optional)Click the Lock Until checkbox to have the module become available on a specific date.
    • Enter the Date on which you would like this module to open to students.
  12. Click + Add Requirement.
    • Note: The “requirements” section will set the parameters used by the “prerequisite” section to determine if the items contained within a prerequisite module have been completed. There are several ways of marking an item as complete.
  13. Click one of the following:
    • Students must complete all of these requirements.
      • Note: If you choose this option, you may also require that students complete the tasks in sequential order as you have input them into Canvas.
    • Students must complete one of these requirements.
  14. Click the first dropdown menu and select the item (assignment/page/quiz/discussion) you would like to add as a requirement.
  15. Click the second drop down menu immediately to the right to set the parameters for completion. There are several ways to mark a task as complete:
    • Select view the item to require students to open the item before moving on.
    • Select mark as done to require students to mark the item as complete before moving on.
    • Select submit the assignment to require a submission for that assignment before moving on.
    • Select score at least to input a minimum score required on an assignment or quiz before moving on.
    • Select contribute to the page to require students to submit a discussion post or reply before moving on.
  16. Click +Add Requirement for each item you would like to set as a requirement.
    • Repeat steps 12 and 13 for each item.
  17. Click Add Prerequisite.
  18. Click the dropdown menu.
  19. Select the module students will need to complete before accessing the module you are creating.
    • Note: You may require students to complete multiple modules before moving to the current module. In this case repeat steps 10-12 for each module you wish to add as a prerequisite. If the module you’re working in is the first module of a course, the prerequisite option will not be accessible.
  20. Click Add Module.

You can add a simple text header to your Module for organizational or informational purposes.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the navigation menu on the right side of the page.
  6. Click “+” to the right side of the appropriate module title.
  7. Click the drop-down menu next to “Add.”
  8. Select the Text Header option. 
  9. Type the text you wish to add in the header field. 
  10. Open the Indentation drop-down menu.
  11. Select the level of indentation for the text header. 
  12. Click Add Item

It is also recommended that you indent module items in module sections accordingly using the following steps.

  1. Click the Options icon (three vertical dots) to the right of the name of the item you’d like to indent
  2. Click Increase Indent

Modules serve as distinct sections of your course, and can be organized by unit, theme, week, or any method you choose for organizing your course. Throughout your time teaching a course, you may find the need to rearrange, add, edit, or remove a module altogether in order to keep the content updated and correct.

Note: The course shell provided to you will be populated with a sample module to simplify the course building process in Canvas. We encourage you to duplicate and edit this sample module, inserting your materials as necessary.

 

Access Modules

Directions:

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules from the course navigation menu on the left side.

Add a Module

Directions:

  1. Click the +Module button on top right. 
  2. Title your module.
    • Note: you may choose to add prerequisites or timing requirements to your modules that prevent them from being open until these conditions are met. For more see the “Add Prerequisites and Requirements to Modules” tutorial.
  3. Click Add Module.

Duplicate a Module

Directions:

  1. Locate the module you wish to duplicate.
  2. Click the options icon (3 vertical dots) to the right of the module title.
  3. Click Duplicate.

Move a Module

Directions:

  1. Locate the module you want to move.
  2. Click the Options icon (3 vertical dots) to the right of the module title.
  3. Click Move Module.
  4. Select the location you want to move the module to from the drop down menu.
  5. Click Move.

Edit a Module

Directions:

  1. Locate the module you want to edit.
  2. Click the Options icon (3 vertical dots) to the right of the module title.
  3. Click Edit. 
    • This section will allow you to change the module name, and add prerequisites. For more information see the “Adding Prerequisites and Requirements to Modules” tutorial. 
  4. Click the Options icon (3 vertical dots) to the right of the module title.
  5. Click Move Contents. 
    • This section allows you to move all the contents of one module to another module.
  6. Select the module that you want to move content to from the dropdown menu.
  7. Click the Move button.
  8. Click the + button to the right of the module title.
    • This section allows you to add content to your module. For more information on adding content see the “Add Content to Modules” tutorial.

Delete a Module

Directions:

  1. Locate the module you would like to delete.
  2. Click the Options icon (3 vertical dots) to the right of the module title.
  3. Click Delete.
    • If your browser prompts “are you sure?” click Okay.

Modules are an excellent way to organize your online course. After you have created a Module, you can add content, such as assignments, pages, discussions, quizzes, files, and resources from external tools, to the Module. Consider whether you want to create modules based on week, unit, theme, or some other method.

Note: Follow the steps below to add Pages to a module, then check out the tutorials “Use the Rich Content Editor to Modify Text, Insert Links, Attach Files, and Connect Apps” and “Embed an iFrame on a Page” tutorials to learn more about using pages. You can also view tutorials on how to add assignments, quizzes, discussions, and more to your modules through their respective sections on this website.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Click the + (Plus) icon to the right of the Module title.
    • Note: view the “Add, Move, Delete, & Edit Modules” tutorial for more information about setting up modules.
  7. Select the type of item you want to add to the Module from the drop-down menu (options include assignment, quiz, file, page, discussion, text header, and external links/tools) .
    • To create a new item:
      1. ClickNew [Item Type].”
      2. Type the item’s name in the box.
      3. Click Add Item.
    • To add an existing item:
      1. Click the item’s name.
      2. Click Add Item
  8. Click and drag on the six-dot icon to the left of an item’s name to reorder the item as needed.


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