How do I build a Simple Canvas Module?

This lesson is designed to help you build a simple module in Canvas. Modules typically represent a single instructional unit, lesson, chapter, or topic. You can also use a Module to represent an entire week or single class session. Visit this link to see an example of the module being built in this lesson. Visit the Modules chapter to learn more.

If Canvas looks different than shown in this lesson, please reference this PDF for help.

Create a New Module

1. Open Modules

Open Modules

Click the Modules link.

2. Create a Module

Create a Module

Click the Create a Module button.

3. Name the Module

Name the Module

Type a Module name in the name field [1]. Click the Add Module button to create the module [2].

4. View Module

View the new module.

Add Content to Module

The next step is to add placeholder items to your module that you will be able to edit later. Add module items in this order:

  1. A Content Page to display module objectives
  2. A Content Page to display module introduction
  3. An Assignment to help students to apply knowledge
  4. A Discussion to help students synthesize knowledge
  5. A Quiz to assess mastery of module objectives

You will repeat the next three steps five times until you have all five placeholder items added to your module.

1. Add Content

Click the Add Item button.

2. Add Item to Module

Add Item to Module

Click the drop-down menu to select the module item type. You can add a content page, assignment, discussion, or quiz [1].

Click the [New] link in brackets and type a name in the name field to create a new item [2]. The suggested item titles for this lesson are listed below in bold:

  1. Content Page: Module Objectives
  2. Content Page: Module Introduction
  3. Assignment: Written Assignment
  4. Discussion: Lecture Discussion
  5. Quiz: Assessment

Click the Add Item button to add the item to the module [3].

3. View New Item in Module

View your new item in the module. Repeat this step until you have all five module items.

Edit Objectives Page

1. Select Objectives Page

Click the title of the page you wish to edit.

2. Edit Page

Edit Page

The page you open will be blank. Click the Edit button to make changes to the page.

3. Edit Content

Edit content on your page using the Content Selector [1]. You can also edit the content using the Rich Content Editor [2], or switch to HTML view to paste HTML [3]. Copy this HTML if you would like to work with an existing Module Objectives template. Click the Save button to save the page [4].

4. View Changes

View the changes you made to the page.

Edit Introduction Page

1. Select Introduction Page

Return to the Modules page in your course. Click the title of the Module Introduction page.

2. Edit Page

Edit Page

The page you open will be blank. Click the Edit button to make changes to the page.

3. Edit Content

Edit content on your page using the Content Selector [1]. You can also edit the content using the Rich Content Editor [2], or switch to HTML view to edit [3]. Copy this HTML if you would like to work with an existing template. Click the Save button to save the page [4].

4. View Changes

View the changes you made to the page.

Edit Assignment Details

1. Open Assignment

Return to the Modules page in your course. Click the Assignment title to open the assignment [1].

2. Edit Assignment

Edit Assignment

The assignment you open will be blank. Click the Edit button.

3. Edit Assignment Details

Type the assignment title in the text field [1]. Use the Rich Content Editor to add images, text, links, equations, or insert media or use the HTML Editor [2]. Use the Content Selector in the Sidebar to link to or upload course resources, including files and images [3]. Copy this HTML if you would like to work with an existing template.

Type the point value in the Points field [4]. Add the assignment to an Assignment Group if you have one already set up or create a new assignment group on the fly [5]. Assignment groups are used to organize your gradebook.

4. Edit Assignment Options

Edit Assignment Options

Select the Grading Type in the dropdown menu [1]. Select the Submission Type by selecting the submission dropdown menu [2]. Options will appear underneath the submission dropdown menu allowing you to narrow down the submission type. For this paper, mark the "Allow File Uploads" checkbox. If you wish, you can further limit the type of file submission by typing file extensions in the "Allowed File Extensions" field [3].

5. Edit Assignment Options

Optional: Check This is a Group Assignment if you want to assign work to a Group [1].

Optional: Check Require Peer Reviews if you want students to review each other's work [2].

Set a due date for your assignment by changing the due date fields [3]. You can add additional due dates by section (if you have more than one section) by clicking the Due Date button.

Optional: Click the Notify users that this content has changed checkbox to notify users that you've made changes to the assignment [4].

Click the Update Assignment button to save all of the changes made to the Assignment [5].

Edit Graded Discussion

1. Open Discussion

Return to the Modules page in your course. Click the Discussion placeholder item you already created.

2. Edit Topic

The discussion you open will be blank. Click the Edit button.

3. Edit Discussion Topic

Edit your discussion topic by utilizing the following options:

  1. If necessary, change the title of your discussion in the topic title field.
  2. Use the Rich Content Editor to format your discussion prompt. Copy this HTML if you would like to work with an existing template.
  3. Create a graded discussion by clicking the Graded checkbox. If you do not check this box, you will not be able to assign points to this discussion.

4. Set Grading Details

Type the number of points possible for the discussion in the points possible field [1]. Select the Assignment Group drop-down menu to assign the discussion to an assignment group. Set the due date and time by clicking the Calendar icon [3].

5. Save Discussion

Save Discussion

Click the Save button.

6. View Discussion

View the discussion.

Edit Quiz Details

1. Open Quiz

Return to the Modules page in your course. Click the Quiz placeholder item you already created.

2. Edit Quiz

Edit Quiz

Click the Edit button.

3. Add New Question

Add New Question

Click the Questions tab [1]. Manually create a new quiz question by clicking the New Question button [2].

4. Complete Question

5. Edit Quiz Settings

If necessary, edit the name of your quiz [1]. Click on the Settings tab [2] to edit quiz settings. In the Rich Content Editor [3], introduce your quiz with formatted text, images, video, or sample math equations. You can even use the media commenting tool to record an introduction to the quiz.

Complete the rest of the quiz settings [4]. If you need help with settings, view the lesson on Quiz options.

6. Save Quiz

Save Quiz

Once you have added your questions and adjusted your quiz settings, click the Save button to save your work on your quiz.

7. Publish Quiz

Click the Preview button [1] to see what students will see when they take the quiz. If the preview shows the quiz the way you want it, click the Publish button [2].

Note: You should not publish your quiz until it is your final product. Although you can make changes to the quiz after it is published, students who have already opened or completed the quiz will not see any of the changes, which may affect their grades.

Set Module Requirements

1. Edit Module Settings

Return to the Modules page in your course. Click the Settings icon [1]. Select the Edit link [2].

2. Add Requirement

Add Requirement

Click the Add Requirement link.

3. Set Item Requirements

Set Item Requirements

Click the For drop-down menu [1] to select the the module item you wish to attach to a requirement.

4. Set Action Requirements

Set Action Requirements

Click the users must drop-down menu to select the result of the requirement.

5. Add Additional Requirements

Click the Add Requirement link to create additional requirements for other module items [1]. Notice that different module items have different possible requirements [2].

6. Require Students to Move through Requirements in Sequential Order

Require Students to Move through Requirements in Sequential Order

By checking the students must move through requirements in this module in sequential order check box, you force students to meet module requirements one at a time before they can move on to the next item. If the requirement includes earning a specific grade that you manually assign, you will need to assess student work before they can move on to the next time. If you wish to change the order of module requirements, delete requirements and re-add them in the proper order.

7. Update Module

Update Module

Click the Update Module button to save module requirements.

8. View Requirements

The newly created requirement(s) will appear next to the module items in small grey text.

9. Publish Module

To publish a module or module items, click the unpublished icon(s). The hover text will confirm you want to publish the module or module item.

10. View Requirements (Student View)

As the student completes the module requirements, they will see green checkmarks next to the items they have completed. Unchecked items will need to be completed before the student can move forward in the module, if the instructor has marked the students must move through requirements in this module in sequential order check box in module settings.

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