Design Canvas Modules Using Best Practices

  • Organize your course into Modules. This is the most logical, comprehensive ways to tell students what they have to do to complete the course. Pages are an excellent option when you want to provide additional context. 
  • Use text headers to guide student navigation.
  • Include a first and last page in each module to indicate the start and end of the module. If students are navigating content by clicking "Next" through each content item, they will not be able to see the titles of modules or the text headers within them.
  • Build natively in Canvas pages whenever possible as opposed to embedding files for the best learner experience. See the comparison of embedded files vs. natively built pages.
  • Chunk content by breaking large amounts of text into multiple content pages and using Modules as a table of contents.
  • Use a logical numbering or naming structure Example: Module 2 with all items in it numberd as 2.1, 2.2, 2.3a, 2.3b, 2.3c, 2.4... and so on with each module corresponding to each week in the semester.
  • Avoid using dates. This will create more work for you if you want to copy the course to future semesters because you will need to change all the dates each time you copy it.
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