Some instructors will use modules to organize the course. Modules control the entire flow of the course, along with its content.
Note: Your instructor may choose to hide the Modules link in Course Navigation. If the Modules link is not available, you can still access Module items through other areas of Canvas, such as the Syllabus or Course Home Page. Alternatively, your instructor may choose to hide all Course Navigation links except for Modules. If other Course Navigation links are not available, your instructor wants you to navigate the course using Modules.
In Course Navigation, click the Modules link.
In Modules, you can view all the modules in your course. Modules are organized by order of progression.
Modules house the content items within each module.
To expand or collapse all modules, click the Expand All/Collapse All button .
To expand or collapse individual modules, click the module Expand or Collapse arrows .
If you choose to collapse or expand one or more modules, the Modules Index Page retains the state of each module.
- The Collapse All button displays if one or more modules are expanded. The Expand All button displays if all modules are collapsed.
- The Modules page supports keyboard shortcuts. To view a window with a list of keyboard navigation shortcuts, press the Shift+Question Mark keys simultaneously on your keyboard.
View Locked Module
Your instructor may lock a module until a specified date. Locked modules display a Locked icon  and an unlock date .
View Module Icons
Modules can be filled with different types of content. Each module item also includes an icon with its type:
- Page : a page of content to read
- Discussion : a course discussion
- Quiz : a course quiz
- Assignment : a course assignment
- Link or External Tool : an external link or tool to view outside of the course
- File : a file to download or view
If a module includes requirements, the header shows whether you are supposed to complete all requirements or select one requirement .
Next to the module item, you can view the type of requirement necessary to complete the module item . You must complete all required module items before you can progress to the next module. Some modules may require you to complete the module items in order.
Depending on the module item type, requirements include up to five options:
- View: You must view the item.
- Mark as done: You must mark the module item as done before you can progress to the next item.
- Contribute: You must post a reply to the discussion topic or contribute content to a page.
- Submit: You must submit the assignment, graded discussion, or quiz.
- Score at least X: You must submit the assignment with a minimum of the shown score.
View Progression Icons
Module items can also be used to show progression through a module. Modules and/or module items that are not available to you are grayed out.
For any module icon, you can hover over the icon and view the message for the requirement.
Icon meanings may change depending on if your course is using requirements:
- Orange dash icon : when next to a module item, the module item is overdue. When next to the module heading, the module requirements have not been met.
- Green check mark : the module item has been completed. For requirements, this icon means the module requirement has been met.
- Blue info icon : the module item has been submitted, but has not yet been graded.
- Options label : the module item requires you to choose an assignment path before additional module items can be displayed.
- White circle : the module item has not been started.
- Lock icon : the module is locked until a future date. For prerequisites, this icon means the previous module has not been completed so it cannot be viewed.
- Lock message : the module may contain additional information that cannot be accessed until the name of the assignment in the message is graded.
View Individual Module Item
Each module contains module items. Each item includes the module item name . Items will display the due date (if any) , and the number of points the assignment is worth . If a To-Do date was added to a non-graded item, the date will display next to the module item .
Note: If your instructor has placed an unpublished quiz in the module, you will not be able to see the points possible or the quiz questions until the quiz has been published.
Open Module Item
To begin a module, click the first item in the module.
You can advance through module items or return to previous modules using the progression bar at the bottom of the page. To advance to the next module item, click the Next button . To return to a previous module item, click the Previous button .
You can view the name of the next or previous module item by hovering over the Next or Previous button, respectively.
Note: If your instructor has enabled MasteryPaths for your course and an assignment is processing, the Next button in the modules progression bar indicates that you should refresh the page. This change notifies you about progressing to the next module item.
Open Content Page
Click the name of the content page with the requirement.
Click the Mark as Done button.
When you mark the page as done, the button changes from Mark as Done to Done.
If you want to unmark the page as done, click the Done button. The button will turn back into the Mark as Done button.
Choose Assignment Group
Locate the current module and click the Choose Assignment Group link.
View the assignment options. Locate the assignment you want to select and click the Select button.
Note: Once you select an assignment, you cannot select a different assignment.
View Selected Assignment
Canvas will verify your selected assignment. To move to the next assignment, click the assignment link.
Note: If the link generates an error message, you can access the assignment by clicking the Modules link in Course Navigation.
In the Modules page, you can also view your next assignment.