Organizing Content in Modules

Modules allow instructors to organize content to help control the course sequence, creating an linear flow of student activities. Steps to organize modules are below.

#1: ADD modules

Note: Deleting a module deletes the basic structure of the module, including the module heading and any text headings and external URLS in the module. Any assignments, pages, discussions, or quizzes in the module will not be deleted from the course; they will still be available in their respective storage locations. For example, an assignment in a deleted module will still be available in the course Assignments page.

#2: ADD module content items

Instructors can add new or existing course content items in Canvas to a module. You can also add an item to multiple modules, or multiple iterations of an item to one module.


Many tools are available for integration into NISD courses: Google Drive, Pear Deck, EdPuzzle, Padlet, Kami, and more!


Note: Removing an item from a module will only remove it from the selected module. If you have included the item in other modules, they will not be affected. A removed assignment, page, discussion, or quiz from a module will not be deleted from the course; it will still be available in its respective storage location. For example, an assignment removed from a module will still be available in the course Assignments page.

#3: ADD text headers & indentations

Organizing module content with text headers and item indentations creates grouped content and adds visual cues for students to understand how specific items within a module are related.

Module items can be indented underneath their text header when they are initially ADDED TO THE MODULEπŸ”—or by EDITING EXISTINGπŸ”— module items.

#4: ADD module prerequisites & requirements

Once content has been organized in modules, instructors can apply prerequisites and requirements to control how students access the content.



students complete modules in a particular order



students meet specific criteria within a module before the module will be marked complete

#5: SCHEDULE module unlock date

Instructors can set modules to be locked until a given date. Students will be able to see the module titles and module item names, but they will not be able to access the module items until after the lock date has passed.

#6: PUBLISH modules (and items in a module)

Instructors can publish or unpublish each module in a course. Unpublished modules are invisible to students. An unpublished module overrides the publish status of individual module items.





Note: Publishing a module will automatically publish all items in the module. If you wish to have unpublished items in a published module, each item can be manually unpublished.

Remember to check that students will be able to see published content by using the Student View button.

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