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Mad about Modules

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I have had the opportunity to work with teachers and school staff using Canvas in a wide variety of ways, from Kindergarten classrooms to AP Chemistry courses, and even Professional Development programs!  One common question comes up every time I talk with teachers, instructional designers, course creators, and facilitators who are new to Canvas - "So, what's a Module?"   

@Erin Keefe, Senior Trainer for Education Services, has an excellent blog post on this very topic.  To expand on her response, modules can be explained as a fancy digital binder.  The Modules index serves as a table of contents to the individual Modules (like binder tabs) and the content within them.  One of my favorite things about Modules is that it gives the teacher the flexibility to set up the structure in the way that best meets the needs of his/her unique class!

The #AdoptionConsulting team at Instructure created this attached infographic, with links to additional relevant resources (including sample modules formats) to help bring the concept of Modules to life and to provide instructional support during an Adoption Consulting workshop on digital literacy! This visualization of the benefit of using modules is a great example of how our team of experts can help your organization to elevate their use of Instructure products.  I hope you find it helpful!

Image of Modules Infographic 

Potential Uses

  • Share this infographic with your colleagues who use Canvas
  • Apply the principles of organized modules in your own course
  • Elevate the Canvas student experience at your institution by using robust & consistent module organization


Please comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

The Education Services department is always ready to help your organization create a cycle of success with Canvas through Training, Instructional Design, and Adoption Consulting! Our Adoption Consulting team helps customers deepen and elevate their use of Instructure products to meet pedagogical goals across their organization by offering customized consultation and targeted coaching. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact your CSM or - Adoption Consulting Manager at

Community Member

A great way to explain to staff. I might include that infographic in the teacher guide I am putting together, with your permission (and credit)!


Thanks,‌! And you're welcome to use it to help your teachers! It was created by our Adoption Consulting team of Ed Services!  

Community Member

Great. Thanks emilycraddock

Learner II

Thanks‌. This is great. When we first started with Canvas - we began with modules. It is the easiest way to start building courses and stay organised, target curriculum areas and be strategic with content. Love the infographic. Cheers!


You're very welcome,! So glad to hear you've been starting with modules! It really does make the build out of course content easier since instructors can organize modules to best fit the structure of the course. 


I recently put the Mad about Modules video on Arc, so it can be accessed here as well: Mad about Modules video