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Hiding and Viewing Modules for Individual Sections

Hiding and Viewing Modules for Individual Sections

Parts of this have been mentioned in previous requests (Modules within Modules and others) and I wonder if this is more to do with the needs of K12 than beyond?


We run a model based on UK curriculum which may be different to other school models (10+ subjects in a timetable, classes selected by ability, external examinations in 2/3 year groups, different content taught depending on the class etc). Having begun our implementation of Canvas the last thing we wished to do is create individual courses for each class and teacher in a subject. With up to 9 classes in a subject this would be an administrative nightmare and would go against much of what I believe a VLE is for - forward facing, collaborative, personalised, sharing of resources etc.


The reality is at school level it is very very difficult to create a core course that is truly personalised without some form of conditions/restrictions especially as "content is king". We add our classes as separate sections which enables assignments to be posted to individual classes. We would dearly like Canvas to go further and enable this option for other content such as pages/links etc.


The idea being suggested though is for teachers to be able to hide/view modules for individual sections


This would allow content (pages, links etc) to be viewed by individual sections. It would give teachers and students the best of both worlds. Modules could be 'turned on' for all sections or individual sections. It would allow you to create differentiated blocks of content/resources eg for those students who are perhaps sitting the 'Higher Level' exam. It would also allow us to support subjects where they have banded/set ability groups. It would also support subjects where topics are done on rotation due to resourcing. It would also reduce the risk of common core subjects such as Maths/Science developing vast 'silos' of resources/modules and making navigation harder than it should be. Would it also be less messy than Conditional activities?


I know that some suggestions have talked about creating extra courses but with the majority of our students having up to 15 courses to manage, the last thing I wish to see is doubling up courses and reducing engagement.


I think this is more of a K12 issue and it would be nice to see a little bit of love sent their way...


I was at the Dutch Users Group consortium on Friday. This consortium represents a sizeable and growing number of universities, colleges and schools within the Netherlands. As a group, we identified a number of ideas we wished to take forward and the one above emerged as a clear favourite (without any prompting from me!)

This is now an idea that has support across multiple educational organisations and the benefits of this idea are seen as hugely positive and wide ranging.

As the last comment on this was 16 months ago and 2 years since the idea was published, it would be nice to know what progress, if any, has been made here.

New Member

This would be such a great feature for Canvas to have, and would solve a lot of our problems! Please consider this for the next release.

Community Participant

I agree with everyone in this post. It’s really time for this functionality to be in canvas. It will also allow so much more control over what the students have access to. The majority of canvas follows the same logic meaning you can show/assign content to individual section just not modules. As an example use case we deliver diploma. Awards, and Certificates but as this is a hybrid model course it has all the students studying together. Some modules are mandatory and some only apply to qualification level. But they are all enrolled in separate section on one course by qualification.

So this would help loads and it would be nice to know what progress, if any, has been made here.



New Member

HIGHLY useful, particularly during remote learning

New Member

I'm a Canvas admin and have been asked multiple times to create sections for specific courses. These courses in question are used as communities, which means that we have first, second and third year students in the same course. To be able to navigate this, we've created sections for each year. This works great for any appointments we'd like to create for, e.g, first year students or if we'd like to make any announcements for a specific year. However, this does not extend to the module page. It would be great to be able to create a module and, in addition to the ability to lock the module and add prerequisites, we're also able to ensure that only certain sections are able to see and access that specific module and its material.


Community Participant

I can't believe that such an important and basic feature still has not been implemented yet. Very disappointing. It also seems that the votes from the previous community have not been translated into the new star-rating. This idea had much more votes than the 10 ratings I currently see.

Community Member

This is such a basic requirement of any LMS, and well overdue in Canvas. Please, please consider development of this feature as a priority! We have been waiting many years for this product to 'grow-up' feature-wise and this one feature is a major obstacle to enabling flexibility and responsiveness for teachers and students.

Community Member

I agree with the previous posts in that this feature would be so very useful.  Please consider adding the ability to release modules to specific sections within a Canvas course.  Thank you!

Community Participant

This functionality would be extremely helpful and will allow us to seamlessly integrate remediated materials into Canvas so that students with disabilities can have an equal experience to their peers and their anonymity will also be preserved.

Community Member

I need this at my University.

Community Champion

As @kona and others have posted, please include groups and individuals as well as sections in this requested feature.

Also see Module access to specific groups, sections or stud... - Page 4 - Instructure Community (

New Member

If this topic was a reality, the issues I'm having with Canvas today would already have a solution. I think it's fantastic to have a community with so many like minded educators. This conversation has been going on for years, so I feel the request is falling on deaf ears. I will continue to follow this feed. But, I feel there is no clear solution. 

Please include a feature to hide/view modules for sections, groups and individuals.


Community Member

This feature to hide/view modules for sections, groups and individuals is so necessary. I am quite surprised this doesn't already exist. Different cohorts of students are in different places within courses, students' life circumstances require individualization, and in terms of administration, we have many short courses with multiple cohorts throughout the year and this would be very useful.

New Member

I was astonished to discover this morning that this feature is not already available. I found the 'adaptive release' feature in Blackboard really useful, and it's a real shame that Canvas doesn't have similar functionality.

Community Participant

Is this being developed?

New Member

How is it 2022 and this hasn't happened yet?

Community Member

Please make this a priority. It would help us immensely.

New Member

I'm bewildered to discover that this basic functionality doesn't exist in Canvas - despite conversations here demonstrating this has been a pain point for users since 2016. Please prioritise this development project, Canvas! 

Community Participant

Now it is 2022, still there doesn't seem a solution to this important feature. It is not uncommon that several classes use the same Canvas course, however, there might be differences on a more detailed level. Yes, one can work around by using pages but the feature "modules" is very straightforward, just restrict visibility shouldn't be too difficult to be implemented.!

Community Member

I was just sitting here with a colleague wishing for the very same thing. I am hitting my head against the wall while the other teacher in the same course says to me, "DONT YOU DARE CHANGE THE COURSE!" ..and I'm like, "...but I only want to post things to help my students ...pls dont kill me." This would be a great work around so that I can survive for years at my job. Think of it as saving the life of a math teacher from being killed by another math teacher. (Sarcasm...Yes, I'm being factious.)

Community Member

REALLY, it's 2022 and this is still rumbling on?

As an OPM, we have managed to avoid needing this for the last 5 years, knowing any requests for this functionality from Canvas would fall on deaf ears, but now we really NEED it. And it's still as far away as it ever was. Totally unacceptable.

We have Masters programmes in Canvas, each consisting of 5 individual courses and a programme hub course, with a student hub course containing information about institution-wide policies, rules, help etc, open to everybody. The engagement is low in the student hub but fine in the course hubs. So I am having it forced on me to merge all the hubs into one megahub and have a module tailored for each programme that's only visible to students in a particular section or group. There will be potentially tens of programmes accessing the megahub. Now do that across 7 or 8 Canvas instances for our different institutions... 😭

Thankfully this is embarrasingly easy to do in the 2 Moodle instances that we work with. I'm no Moodle fanboy, far from it, but COME ON CANVAS, this is basic stuff.