Canvas: Modules (Publishing and Creating)

Modules allow instructors to organize content to help control the flow of the course.

Modules are used to organize course content by weeks, units, or a different organizational structure. Modules essentially create a one-directional linear flow of what students should do in a course.

Publish a Module

Publish a Module

To publish a module, click the module's unpublished icon. The hover text will confirm you want to publish the module.

Change Status of Module Content Items

Change Status of Module Content Items

You can view and change the status of individual module content items as well. Although publishing a module will also publish all module items, you can manually unpublish individual module items later. Students cannot view unpublished module items as part of a published module. Learn more about managing assignments, quizzes, discussions, pages, and files.

Each module can contain files, discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other learning materials. Module items can be added to the course from existing content or new content shells within the modules. Course content can be added to multiple modules or iterated several times throughout an individual module. Modules can be easily organized using the drag-and-drop feature. Elements within the modules can also be reorganized by dragging and dropping.

Instructor View of Modules

Instructor View

Instructors can add all course materials in modules, even if they are assigned to specific students, sections, or groups.

Use Modules to:

  • Create prerequisite activities that students must complete before moving on in the course
  • Track student progress through a sequence of learning activities
  • Organize course content by unit, day, week, topic, or Outcome

Student View of Modules

Student View

Students only view module content that has been published.

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