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Designing with Canvas Modules
The Modules page in Canvas is the place where it’s easiest to combine all the parts of your course–Files, Assignments, Links, and Pages–all in one place in the order you want students to view them.
Frequently Asked Questions about Modules:
This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.
If I remove something from a module, does that delete it from my course?
If it’s a File, Assignment, Quiz, or Discussion, then no, removing the item from the module does not delete it from the course.
If it’s a URL, External Tool, or Text Header, yes, it does delete it.
If the top level of a module is unpublished, can students see the items inside it?
No, they can’t. The status of the Module overrides the state of module items.
Should I lock modules until a specific date?
This is an option. Note that in Student View you’ll see the same locked out module that students will see. Use Student View to preview the entire course before you set your lock dates. As an alternative, you can also restrict file access by date.
What's a good module structure for blended courses?
Consider adding text headers that say Before Class, During Class, and After Class to each module. Creating this structure helps students know what they need to do when. Put homework assignments in their related module, even if they’re due the following week. Your due date will display beneath the assignment name.
Are there alternatives to modules?
Yes, there are also page-based courses. A hybrid option is to have a landing page that then links to specific modules. Come in and talk to us about your design options. We can help you make the best choices for your course.