Canvas Course Modules

Modules are used to organize course content by week, unit, or other organizational structure that suits a course. They create a path for students to follow. Each module can contain pages, files, discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other learning materials.

To add a Module:

  1. Log in to Canvas at
  2. Select a course in the Global Navigation menu on the left.
  3. Select Modules in the Course Navigation menu.
  4. Click + Module to create a module.
  5. Enter the name of the new module in the Module Name box.
  6. Select Lock Until to prevent students from accessing the module before a given date.
  7. Click Add prerequisite to require students to complete another module prior to beginning this one.
  8. Choose whether you want students to move through the module in sequential order.
  9. Click Add Module.

You can add items that you have already created in the course to your module or create new content shells within the module. 

To add content to a module:

  1. Click the + to the right of the module.  
  2. Select an item type from the Add menu. You can add an Assignment, Quiz, File (document and media file types), Content Page, Discussion, Text Header, External URL, or External Tool.
  3. Select an existing item from the list that appears.
    Add a new item by clicking New (Assignment, Quiz, etc.) and typing a name in the Name box.
  4. Change indentation in the Indentation menu.
  5. Click Add Item.
  6. To make it viewable to students, click the Publish icon.
  7. Drag and drop items to rearrange their sequence.


  • You can visually organize items under a module further using Text Headers. Follow the steps above to add a Text Header to a module.
  • Published items in an unpublished module are not available to students. 

Visit the Canvas Guide for full instructions on how to use use modules. 


Comments (0)

Brown Community members, log in to submit a comment.