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Modules Tutorial Videos for Canvas


Creating a module

Canvas utilizes modules that function as containers for holding course items such as discussions, assignments, documents, exams, etc.


Adding content to a module


Modules can contain various types of course content, and adding content to a module is a simple process involving just a couple of clicks. Modules can contain Assignments, Quizzes, Files, Content Pages, Discussions, Text Headers, URLs, and external tools. It works best to first create content items and then add them to modules rather than create them on the fly as they are being uploaded to modules.


Organizing module contents with text headers and indentations

Canvas allows for organizing module content with text headers and item indentations. This can be a useful way of segmenting content and adding visual cues for students to understand how specific module items are related. Modules cannot be nested inside modules, and a group of related content items might be best if placed inside its own module.


Adding advanced content to a module

A more in-depth look at how various course items can be created separately and then added to content modules. This includes creating a module, adding multiple files, adding an assignment, adding a discussion, and adding a quiz. Instructors who use modules to deliver all relevant content items to students can then remove the associated content types from the navigation bar (i.e. Grades, Assignments, etc.) to made the student experience more streamlined and straightforward.


Adding files to a module via the Canvas file manager

Modules in Canvas can be published or un-published depending on when instructors want to release content to students. Modules can also contain files (Documents, Spreadsheets, PDFs, etc.) that have been uploaded to the Canvas file manager. Files can be re-ordered within modules and set to published or un-published.


Adding files to a module via direct upload

Instead of using the Canvas File Manager, files can be uploaded directly to modules. This can help some instructors streamline their workflow, though a general best practice is to use the file manager for uploading and managing all files and then importing files into modules.


Using Module Prerequisites

Canvas let instructors specify prerequisites for Modules in order to control the process by which students are allowed to complete course materials. Modules are released only after certain criteria are met, which can help instructors set mastery goals for students or release content in other ways aside from just using date/time restrictions.


Using Module Requirements

Requirements can be set for any Module in Canvas in order to specify the items that must be completed by students in order for the module to be considered complete. Requirements can be set so they must be completed en masse, individually, or in a specific order.


Renaming content within modules

Files inserted into Canvas modules can be re-named to more accurately reflect the content of the files, and renaming within modules does not affect the actual filename.



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