How do I add course content as module items?

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You can add new or existing 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.

When you add items to a Module, please be aware that the status of the Module overrides the state of the individual module items. You may want to consider leaving all Module items in an unpublished state until you are ready to publish the entire Module. Learn more about Draft State in Modules.

Notes:

  • Canvas will accept most media files as uploads. However, not all media files can be played within Canvas.
  • Uploaded files are automatically published and also display in Course Files. When adding a restricted file type to a Module, please be aware that restricted files act as published files and may be viewable to students. Learn more about restricting files in Canvas.
  • Numerous module items may affect performance. Modules supports up to 100 module items in the student progress page.
  • If your course requires you to set usage rights for a file, you must set the usage right before you can publish the file in a module.

Open Modules

Open Modules

In Course Navigation, click the Modules link.

Add Module Item

Add Module Item

Click the Add Item icon.

Upload File

Upload File

If you are adding a file to a module, you can upload a new file by clicking the New File(s) link [1]. Uploaded files are automatically published and also display in Course Files.

To select a file from your computer, click the Choose File(s) button [2]. If enabled by your institution, you may be able to select multiple files. 

To select a destination folder for your uploaded file, select an option in the Folder drop-down menu [3].

If an uploaded file is a duplicate of an existing file, Canvas displays a prompt asking if the file should be overwritten, renamed, or skipped.

Add Item to Module

Add Item to Module

Click the Add drop-down menu and select one of the following item types:

  • Assignment (includes quizzes created using the New Quizzes tool)
  • Quiz
  • File (document and media file types)
  • Page
  • Discussion 

Note: Canvas will accept most media files as uploads. However, not all media files can be played within Canvas.

Add New Item

Add New Item

If you want to add a new item, click the [New] link [1] and type a name in the name field [2].

Depending on the item type, when adding new content you may be asked to complete additional fields.

Add Existing Item

Add Existing Item

If you have already created the item you want to add, click the name of the item. You can select more than one item to add.

Indent Item

Indent Item

Choose the Indentation drop-down menu to indent the item inside of the module.

Add Item

Add Item

Click the Add Item button.

View Module Item

View Module Item

View the selected module item.

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