How do I link to an external URL in Modules?

You can add a URL link to your Modules.

Note: When you link to an external URL in a module, the content is embedded in an iFrame for easy viewing. An iFrame embeds another browser window inside the current window. However, some sites have disabled embedding and require users to open the content in a new window, so if possible add your external URL with https:// so it loads for students as a secure page.

Open Modules

Open Modules

In Course Navigation, click the Modules link.

Add Content

Add Content

Click the Add Item button.

Add External URL

Add External URL

Click the Add [Item Type] To: drop-down menu and select the External URL option.

Edit Information

Edit Information

Type or paste the URL in the URL field [1]. Give your External URL a Page Name [2]. To have the URL open in a new browser tab, click the Load in a new tab checkbox [3]. Choose whether or not to indent the item in the module drop-down menu [4]. Click the Add Item button to add the item to the module [5].

View Link

View the link in the module. A hyperlink icon indicates the item is an external URL link. To publish an external URL, click the unpublished icon. The hover text will confirm you want to publish the external URL.

Note: When adding an External URL to a module, the dialog box includes an option to load the URL in a new browser tab. When this option is selected, Canvas will display the page to students outside of Canvas. If the External URL is part of a module requirement, Canvas will also register the progression so that the module footer will appear and allow the student to advance to the next module item. When this option is not selected, the content is embedded in an iFrame for easy viewing. However, some sites have disabled embedding and require users to open the content in a new window. Users can open the link in a new window by right-clicking the link and selecting the option to view in a new window or tab.

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