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@Faculty Quick Start: Canvas Basics

Use Modules to Increase Student Engagement

canvas logoThe Canvas Modules page is a single page that may contain links to all your course content. It acts as a table of contents, or knowledge blueprint for your course data and transactions. You may arrange the modules and their elements in any order, so this flexibility and usefulness quickly adds up to better student engagement with your course materials.

In any module you can add text pages written in the Canvas editor, embed static files such as Word, Powerpoint, or PDF. You can create discussions and assignments, link out to external multimedia and website URLs. Each element  title can be edited so that the module presents a written vision of your course information and interactions.

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.

Modules may be designed to reflect Subject, Time, Interaction, and more. Think of a module as a container for related elements, and the flow of modules as the sum of your course data.

Anecdotally, students tell us they prefer a time-based sequence of course information. This allows them to focus on the learning activities for the calendar week they're working in. A Module structure of this kind will have modules named and ordered by Week , with each Module containing course elements that occur during the week.

Good Ideas from the Canvas Guides

Use Modules to:



Video tutorials

Introduction to Modules

Modules Overview from Instructure

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