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
3. Name the Module
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:
- A Content Page to display module objectives
- A Content Page to display module introduction
- An Assignment to help students to apply knowledge
- A Discussion to help students synthesize knowledge
- 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
Click the drop-down menu to select the module item type. You can add a content page, assignment, discussion, or quiz .
Click the [New] link in brackets and type a name in the name field to create a new item . The suggested item titles for this lesson are listed below in bold:
- Content Page: Module Objectives
- Content Page: Module Introduction
- Assignment: Written Assignment
- Discussion: Lecture Discussion
- Quiz: Assessment
Click the Add Item button to add the item to the module .
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.
3. Edit Content
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.
3. Edit Content
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 .
3. Edit Assignment Details
Type the assignment title in the text field . Use the Rich Content Editor to add images, text, links, equations, or insert media or use the HTML Editor . Use the Content Selector in the Sidebar to link to or upload course resources, including files and images . Copy this HTML if you would like to work with an existing template.
Type the point value in the Points field . Add the assignment to an Assignment Group if you have one already set up or create a new assignment group on the fly . Assignment groups are used to organize your gradebook.
4. Edit Assignment Options
Select the Grading Type in the dropdown menu . Select the Submission Type by selecting the submission dropdown menu . 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 .
5. Edit Assignment Options
Optional: Check This is a Group Assignment if you want to assign work to a Group .
Optional: Check Require Peer Reviews if you want students to review each other's work .
Set a due date for your assignment by changing the due date fields . 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 .
Click the Update Assignment button to save all of the changes made to the Assignment .
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:
- If necessary, change the title of your discussion in the topic title field.
- Use the Rich Content Editor to format your discussion prompt. Copy this HTML if you would like to work with an existing template.
- 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 . 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 .
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.
3. Add New Question
4. Complete Question
5. Edit Quiz Settings
If necessary, edit the name of your quiz . Click on the Settings tab  to edit quiz settings. In the Rich Content Editor , 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 . If you need help with settings, view the lesson on Quiz options.
6. Save Quiz
7. Publish Quiz
Click the Preview button  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 .
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 . Select the Edit link .
3. Set Item Requirements
4. Set Action Requirements
5. Add Additional Requirements
Click the Add Requirement link to create additional requirements for other module items . Notice that different module items have different possible requirements .
6. 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.
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.