I am not sure I am using the correct terminology... but I'm wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to change the name of one of the menu titles on the left side of the screen: Modules, Quizzes, Settings, etc??
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Students do not know what Modules are. And syllabus (as prepopulated with a list of deadlines) is not what they think of as syllabus. Please allow users to customize those if you aren't going to create better titles.
Some ability to customize the menu in Canvas would be a great added feature. I don't use most of the defaults in the course navigation and would like to make my own so that they are readily available to students instead of buried in pages, modules, etc. Can someone add this to a wishlist?
Thanks, Stefanie. The problem with redirect, as I understand it, is that the pages appear when using a computer but not when using a mobile device. Since students use both, this doesn't seem a great solution.
Ryan also notes that if LTI is set to force a new tab, the students see the exact same thing on mobile and web.
So mobile doesn't present a barrier for use of the Redirect tool.
Ok, what's shown on mobile is "redirect tool" rather than, in this case, Apple. The name of the page, which looks like it would be Apple (the video is super-fast, so I'm not sure I followed), is NOT shown on the mobile app. The generic "redirect tool" is shown--is that correct? If so, again, not great.
Circling back. Can the redirect tool be used to add custom navigation to the menu that does NOT take users to an external website? That is, I want to create a menu item called Resources. I don't want to create a page because then the resources are buried in a page instead of being readily available in the navigation menu. Is there a way to do this?
micciclr, the redirect link has to direct to something, but it doesn't have to link to an external website; it can direct to a "Resources" page within the course if that's how you'd like to set it up.
The term "Module" is really quite problematic. When we all made the transition to remote, online learning in 2020, I became an active participant in the FB group "Teachers Using Canvas." I have written dozens and dozens of replies to teachers explaining to them that a "Module" simply means "Unit." If instructors find the term "Module" confusing, then our students will too. I teach ESL, and this is not a word in my students' active vocabulary.
Overall, I wish the Canvas developers would pay a lot more attention to terminology and wording.
Something to maybe consider, though, is the documentation available here in the Community. If schools want to rename the "Modules" course navigation button to something else such as "Unit" or "Chapter", then that could add an extra layer of confusion for people because they are looking for help documentation here in the Community related to "Unit" or "Chapter" ... but the "official" terminology is still "Modules". I've seen where some schools have created their own documentation to publish on the school's website, so maybe that would solve the issue. But, I would recommend that a school has conversations about this before making any significant changes like this.
@Chris_Hofer It's not going to happen, I know, but I think the entire Canvas platform should chuck the term "Modules" and replace it with "Units." It should be done globally, not at the institution level. And, the word should be "Unit" and not "Chapter."
You've spent enough time over at "Teachers Using Canvas" to have seen the confusion that teachers new to Canvas have wrapping their minds around the concept of a "Module."
I hear you on this one, too. I think the challenge would be to come up with something new that everyone would agree with. Or, just make it more customizable for each school? Not really sure. I found a couple other links for you:
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The LMS we used previously (Sakai) simply allows instructors to change these titles on a per course basis. The default titles are just as bad (for instance, I always change Resources to Handouts). Their default is "lessons" which, for a college professor, also doesn't describe how we arrange and talk about our teaching. (I think of it as courses with individual classes that are arranged into units, personally). It's fine to keep Modules as the default if that's what matches with the community help, but it would also be good to tell allow people to adjust those titles based on the structure and organization of their own class.
For instance, some college courses have labs. Others are organized as studios, others have workshops. Seems arbitrary to force everyone to stick with modules, a term nobody I know of ever uses in a US college setting.