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Canvas Tip: Make the Most of Your Modules

The upcoming Canvas production release on Saturday, October 10th, 2015, includes an update to Modules:

When creating requirements in a module, instructors can give students an option between two or more tasks. This change allows students to choose which task they prefer to complete to demonstrate their learning and move forward in the course content.

Please join us after the jump for tips on making the most of using the Modules tool in Canvas!

The Modules tool in Canvas allows you organize materials in your course into different categories. To do this, click Modules in the course navigation bar on the left (1), then click + Module in the top-right corner of the page (2). You can create any type of category you wish, like a unit of content for the course (e.g. Critical Thinking), a type of assignment (e.g. Readings), or whatever makes sense with your course design (e.g. Week 1, Week 2, etc.). Once you've created a module, you can add content to it by clicking the + button to the right of the module's name (3).

modules_indexClicking the + button will open a dialogue box that allows you to choose the type of content you want to add (a file, assignment, quiz, etc.), and you can either select content you've already created or create something new.

modules_plus_buttonModules is easy and efficient if you'd like to construct a repository for course materials and don't want to create a page-based site design. However, the Modules tool really shines as a way to sequence content for students.

module_week4Click the gear icon to the far right of a module's name and choose Edit. This menu allows you to lock a module until a certain date, add prerequisites for students to complete before a module unlocks, and set requirements for when the module is considered "complete". By establishing prerequisites and requirements, you can sequence content for students in such a way that one assignment leads naturally into another and promotes student engagement. In the following image, the settings of the module for "Week 4" are such that students can either participate in a discussion or submit a reflection paper to complete the module.

module_edit_wee4Please contact edtech@dartmouth.edu if you have any questions about using Modules in Canvas or if you'd like to set up a consultation with an instructional designer to discuss your site!

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