Modules: Organizing Course Content in Modules

There are several different ways to organize a module so that it is easy for students to navigate. The following lesson contains several examples.

Engage, Explore, Apply, Review

Calvin Theological Seminary has chosen to organize their module with four text headers: Engage, Explore, Apply, and Review. Each of these sections contain readings, assignments, and quizzes that give student the opportunity to review and reflect on different materials. This particular site features a snippet of javascript in the branding file that auto-links to scripture passages on

Lab & Lecture Notes

Lab & Lecture Notes

Bill Hanna of Massasoit Community College uses Canvas to post his lab and lecture notes. He posts materials as the semester progresses.

Topic by topic

This AP Human Geography course contains modules organized by topic. Each topic is divided into introductory notes, vocabulary, case studies, a focused response question, resources, and a quiz.

Modules for Blended Oceanography Course

Jared Stein of UVU has put together a blended learning experience. Students read and watch introductory material and take a quiz before the class. Videos are posted for in-class use, followed by assignments, discussions, or lab materials.

Prerequisites in Modules

Prerequisites in Modules

This Introduction to Pastoring course is laid out sequentially, so that students have to finish one module before completing another.

Quiz Completion

In this training course about Canvas, Weber State University organized their modules with quizzes at the end.

Assessment-based Modules

John Goodman of Bridgerland ATC uses the Modules page to organize assessments (readings, video critiques, quizzes, and tests). This is an effective strategy that puts the emphasis on students doing work as much as they are consuming new information.

Modules for self-study courses

Modules for self-study courses

Pages, Discussions, Videos, and Self-check Quizzes work together to keep this Italian Cuisine course fun and engaging. Most of the module items in this course are set in strict sequential order, so that learners absorb and digest the information step by step.

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