Modules within Modules

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Modules within Modules

As we move toward Personalized Learning we are beginning to feel boxed in by the linear design of Course Modules.  Many teachers would like the Course Modules to look more like the Course listing in the new UI (Tiles rather than lists) AND have the functionality to have Modules within Modules.  This would allow for MANY more options for student Voice, Choice and Pacing options!
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Community Member

This is a fantastic idea! The teachers in my building are looking for this.

Surveyor

kristi.levy@oshkosh.k12.wi.us​, it sounds like what you are wanting is similar to the ability to add folders to Modules. This feature idea has come up a couple of times, starting with - (archived in September 2015) - and now this - (open for voting, but closing on February 3, 2016).

Community Member

kona@richland.edu Thank you for referencing those, but no, that is not what I am looking for. Our request is about much more than simply de-cluttering the interface. We want to offer course Modules with varying expectation about what is required, what must be sequential and also differentiate between what is Content knowledge vs what is a Competency. Right now that is VERY difficult to build and even more difficult for students to navigate within Canvas. It has been suggested to use this method ( ) But then you lose all of the functionality associated with Modules such as Prerequisites, Requirements and so forth, not to mention it is a lot of extra work for teachers to create it using this model.  Does that all make sense?

Surveyor

Thanks for clarifying and what you want does sound different. It actually sounds pretty interesting, but I'm not sure if I fully understand what you're looking for - how would the Modules look and function that's different from how they are now?

Community Member

kona@richland.edu I would LOVE to see the Modules page look more like this. This is a de-cluttering issue and not dissimilar to what others have asked for. 162811_pastedImage_0.png

However, once you open one of those Modules, I would like the ability to have a structure like this. I realize you can do this as completely separate Modules, but that does not allow for the Complete One of the Following options and many other controls within the larger Module.

  • Unit 1: American Identity (Module 1)
    • Content Page
    • Content Page
    • Assignment
    • Discussion
    • Quiz
    • Content Page (Choose ONE of the following experiences for additional learning from below)
      • American Identity and Race Relations (Module 1.1)
        • Content Page
        • Content Page
        • Assignment
        • Discussion
      • American Identity and Poverty (Module 1.2)
        • Content Page
        • Content Page
        • Assignment
        • Discussion
      • American Identity and Gender (Module 1.3)
        • Content Page
        • Content Page
        • Assignment
        • Discussion
Surveyor

Thanks! This makes much more sense!!

Lamplighter

kristi.levy@oshkosh.k12.wi.us​, while this feature idea is working its way through the process, I'd invite you to have a look at some of the resources in the Instructional Designers​ group, notably my Creating an inviting course home page​ blog and clong@hbuhsd.edu​'s awesome resource Home Sweet Homepages without Tables​. By using a module structure, but hiding the Modules tab from the course navigation, and creating image links to those modules on the course home page, you might be able to achieve a design that's very similar to what you've requested.

Learner II

Hi Kristy,

Thank you for coming and posting this idea and then for following up with additional info.  This idea will open for vote with the next cohort next Wednesday.

Community Member

kristi.levy@oshkosh.k12.wi.us​ I am curious. Would this have a branched scenario feel to it? Meaning that, based upon which sub-module students choose in the first module, it would control where they would go in the following sub-modules based upon a predetermined curriculum structure?

Community Member

I hadn't thought of that as an option, but I love the idea!! Our district is working toward both Personalized and Competency Based learning and, as our teachers push the boundaries of what Modules can do, features like these are becoming much, much more in demand.  We LOVE the features of Modules, we just want more of them Smiley Happy