Why Modules?

Why use Modules to organize course content?

Using MODULES with Text Headers to group content:

Credit: Carla Dalton - High School Math

Modules provide the main organization and backbone of the course navigation structure, which displays the main groups of content and mimics how the course will be organized, such as by grouping content by Unit or by Week.

Modules work well for organizing and controlling the release of course content in a logical progression, especially when utilizing module features such as setting scheduled unlock dates, content sequencing via prerequisites, and completion requirements.

NISD educators, students, and parents are familiar with accessing online course content in toggles — such as assignments, quizzes, and external URLs to Docs, Slides, & Videos — from their experiences in Moodle & Google Classroom. Replicating this familiar practice in Canvas creates an easier transition for our community to adjust to the new platform.

How are Pages used within Modules?

Using PAGES to give additional details to a link or resource, and/or combine related information:

Using PAGES to outline a lesson or unit:

Credit: Patrick Tobin - High School Social Studies

Pages are digital objects in a course (similar to webpages), providing internal organization of course content, such as descriptions, explanations, and visuals.

Thoughtfully created Pages help students understand what you want them to accomplish, what sort of navigational freedom they have, and what specific paths you would like for them to take.

Pages are customizable and allow for richer and more detailed methods of presenting material. Instructors looking to use Pages as an opportunity to present information in a more creative, visual way than Modules can add a Page as the first item in each Module.

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