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Modules Display as Collapsed by Default

Modules Display as Collapsed by Default

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With courses that have many modules and module items, the default un-collapsed state on the modules page makes the view overwhelming. I would love the option to choose a 'current' module and have that automatically open for students or at least have the default view be auto-collapsed. The un-collapsed view is often a turn-off to faculty and designers who are considering different ways to represent their course content.

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snugent
Community Champion

This would be awesome! I think this is great idea. Modules are great but a list of 10 or more modules can be overwhelming to faculty and students. This would also help to keep students focused on current module as well.

G_Petruzella
Community Champion

Hear hear! I will be voting this one up as soon as I can - bookmarking it so I won't lose track. 🙂

Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

eCollege.jpgI would like this as well.  One of my main responsibilities in my job is to build content for our faculty so it's ready to teach for them at the start of the semester.  We have "Learning Plans" (inside of the "Modules" button).  Sometimes, we have courses that have 5, 10, or even 15 Learning Plans...and content within each of those Learning Plans.  This makes scrolling down the screen get longer and longer as more Learning Plans are added.

In our previous LMS, Pearson eCollege's LearningStudio (see the screen shot to the right), our Learning Plan buttons were listed along the left side of the screen, and we could click on them to open each individually and see the content within them (on the main part of the screen).  In this example, Learning Plan 1 is open, and I am viewing the content on the "Activities" page.

KristinL
Community Team
Community Team

A colleague and I were just talking about this today. It would be a feature which could help students navigate a module-heavy course.    

pchaney
Community Member

I've seen in other user interfaces a "Collapse All | Expand All " link at the top, so that all individual modules, regardless of being opened/closed, could be closed or expanded. For everyone that wants to start with modules close, there's someone else that wants them open, so this may be a good compromise on that point, and be good for general use when navigating after the initial page load.

macaulayl
Community Member

Yes, I agree that a Collapse all/Expand all would be awesome.

Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

In a way, it's like using the Accordion from the StyleGuide shown here: Canvas LMS

kedgecomb
Community Champion

I like the idea of the current module opening at the entry of the page.  Sometimes the long lists of modules can be overwhelming and confusing to students! 

kshepherd_canva
Community Member

For me, the preferred implementation is for us to have the option to choose whether all or no modules are collapsed by default for all users. Further granularity is always appreciated, like the option to choose one module expanded by default with the rest collapsed. But at the least, the all or none option would provide greater clarity for students in our longer courses.

Thanks for considering this option.

sberkowitz
New Member

It would be a great benefit to our users to view the course modules list in a collapsible format, so that they can more and close sections as needed as well as see an the higher-level overview of the course roadmap.

tfjackso
New Member

I have one module running per class, with lots of links and small readings and questions for focus.  So this will become overwhelming to students if it is all open at once.  Wondering about a work around now-- break it into 15 weeks?  We have one focused case study a day as we move through all of US history for future high school teachers, so it is pretty fast paced.

cwebste3
New Member

Contributing the below to this string of conversation, because I  too would like to see modules collapsed, and it was recommended I post here as well...

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Right now I have 10 different modules for my students to use within CANVAS.  When they log into the Modules page, all the modules are present, which is what I want them to see, but also all the documents/powerpoints within a specific module are displayed as the default view.  I'd like to see the modules compact (i.e. closed like a Windows folder is) until the student clicks on the specific module name.  Once clicked on, THEN all the documents within that module could populate the screen.

Now the only way to accomplish that is to go in manually and click on the little arrow next to the Module name to hide its documents within the module.  The modules don't stay closed like that when I publish the page for my students to browse.  They are all open as default.

Anyway to make this happen?  Default, closed until clicked on?  Makes it a cleaner, more streamlined page for students to view.

cjw

cwebste3
New Member

Some of my modules may need to be accessed at the same time, so the first module is not necessarily the "current module".  Students may need to go the modules section, then click on Module #2 for a template and Module #6 for some resources, then the following week go to Module #4 and Module #7, so I would like to see all modules closed, not necessarily having any of them open as the current one.  Thanks.  I do understand what you are saying in terms of having the most  pertinent one open - but my students will be going back and forth into different modules all term, which is why I do publish all ten of my modules to be seen at one time - so none of the modules will ever be considered THE current one. 

csalazar
Instructure
Instructure

I would love the option to have a default collapsed module view. We are planning a significant project to work on modules in early 2016, and I will see how we can address this concern with that project. We will not be making significant changes to modules before we start that project.

mtw56
New Member

I just posted a similar idea where modules can be collapsed by default when a user clicks on the Modules page.  I like the idea of choosing a single Module as well.  This would definitely help eliminate what I call "the scroll of death"

nicobsdc
New Member

Hi All, I've re-submitted this idea and would love if you guys would support my request. You can access my feature request here -

nicobsdc
New Member

Hi  @mtw56 ​

I've also submitted a similar idea! Please can you support my idea request -

cwebste3
New Member

I too requested the collapsed version of Modules last year, and was hoping

to see it had moved in some way toward the top of the list of "easy to do"

fixes. You have my support on this one.

*Cindy Webster Department of Biology Eastern Michigan University 441 Mark

Jefferson Science ComplexYpsilanti, MI 48197 *

cell: (248) 755-1805

cwebste3@emich.edu

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Greetings!

 @mtw56 ​, nicobsdc​ and  @cwebste3 ​, thank you for your recent posts on this thread.  We are still in agreement, that this is a very interesting idea.  It is one we hope to dig into at some point.  Unfortunatley, the early 2016 modules project did not occur as Cosme had hoped, and it is not planned in the near future!  Please continue to follow this document for updates when they are made available.

nicobsdc
New Member

Hi  @Renee_Carney ​ I have to say I'm disappointed that we haven't seen progress in this idea. We've seen evidence that this is what the community wants and it's clear that modules could do with some significant improvements. What would be useful to know is what we can do to help champion this idea forward rather than wait for progress. It's already been a year and the half and we've seen no progress.